If a U.S. citizen did to a dog what was done to George Floyd by some Minneapolis cops, that person would likely be arrested and locked up. Don’t give me this “liberty and justice for all” nonsense.

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How were Walter Wynhoff and Bobbie Bishop able to torture and beat two 6-year-old children, one to death, and walk away with little to nothing?

There are so many heroes to celebrate when hardship strikes a community, country and world.  Today, we want to celebrate the amazing teachers of our community.

The person who attacked columnist Pat Buchanan and his opinions, and demanded that Buchanan’s column be removed from The Daily Journal (“Buchanan column ‘useless’ to readers”, Daily Journal, April 22) was acting from the  guiding tenet of the socialist Democratic party regarding freedom of s…

This Wednesday, April 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Many of us were around back then and have been able to reap the benefits of an environmental movement that helped to clean up toxic spills and dumps and led to the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972.

We have all heard about the long lines of the unemployed during the Great Depression. Last week, it was announced that 22 million people have applied for unemployment benefits in the past four weeks.

I do not subscribe to The Daily Journal to read Pat Buchanan. He was Trump before Trump; I remember his presidential run well, and I’ve read his books, and he has been predicting America’s demise for decades. That latest column (April 7) read like sour grapes that he is not able to be in Tru…

COVID-19 data for the state of Minnesota shows that Martin County in the rural, southern part of the state has the highest rate per capita for those affected with coronavirus.  Martin County also has more hogs raised on factory farms in the state than any other county.  The world of science …

There is little that grows in the land of the north that rivals the refreshing flavor of the wild blueberry.  For several days in mid-late summer, my father would awaken my brother and me, and we would drive one hour north to the large pine forests in search of these wild delicacies. These b…



Good for you that your financially in a “good place.” Unfortunately, many are not and the need is great. If you don’t need it take and give it to people and organizations who do. The government has asked people to close businesses; people are out of work. I think its only right they help peo…

Leadership means someone’s got a plan, motivates his people to act, provides consistency not confusion, knows he or she’s in charge, demonstrates strong team spirit of “we” not “he,” and can deal with the worst case scenario.

The past few days have been a whirlwind for us at Rothsay School. We have gone from having normal school days and looking forward to spring to the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems the only thing we can be certain of at this time is that nothing is a certainty.

Keeping you and our associates safe is a top priority, so we wanted to share the steps we’re taking in response to coronavirus. With help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as our own Chief Medical Officer, we’re developing preventative measures to maintain a …

As our local communities prepare for, or deal with some of the first impacts of the coronavirus, I wanted to share directly with you, our guests, the actions Casey’s is taking to help keep our team members and guests safe.

In the weekend edition of The Daily Journal, it stated that the city council has hired collaborative design group of Minneapolis to help us decide what to do with the RTC.

Data from the census will determine how much federal taxes Minnesotans paid will return to Minnesota to fund schools, infrastructure repairs, transportation planning, Medicare, energy assistance, civil rights and advocacy programs, and more. It’s also critical for representation, as Minnesot…

I wish to publicly recognize and salute a number of local residents who provided me extraordinary help and  emergency care after a severe face-first fall on alleyway blacktop. I sustained abrasions, contusions to the whole side of my face, broken glasses, and a wrist injury, etc.  A real blo…

This is a game but with this administration it takes on a different twist. If you dare to tell the truth, there will be repercussions as witnessed in this White House. A decorated war hero was stripped of his duties and threatened with military action along with other dignitaries who were su…

In the Fergus Falls newspaper on Feb. 13, 2020, I was shocked to read the negative things that were written in a letter to the editor about Jordan Rasmusson.

Nearly 1 million township residents in Minnesota will have the opportunity to participate in their local government by attending their township’s upcoming annual meeting.

As the Democratic Party embraces socialism, it is not surprising that Mr. Hermes’ letter attacks state representative candidate, Jordan Rasmusson’s business experience and success. Mr. Hermes should not look to Hollywood movies or Bernie Sanders as credible sources when attempting to underst…

As we can see with Mr. Hermes’ letter to the editor on Feb. 6, it didn’t take long for Democrats to dive into unfounded, personal attacks against state representative candidate, Jordan Rasmusson. For Mr. Hermes, Jordan’s business experience is a negative. I know better as a taxpayer in Otter…

Three boys making comments about a girl - she looses her temper! Who’s in the wrong here ? We preach about bullies- its a prominent aspect of discussion in all walks of life these days-schools, work place, politics. Our First Lady has a “Be Best” initiative. Yet when three boys are calling a…

I’m writing in response to the announcement of Mr. Rasmusson’s campaign to replace Rep. Nornes. The article on Mr. Rasmusson described his career as working to “create good jobs.” This is a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of venture capital groups like Bain Capital and “consultin…

In the Jan. 28 edition of The Journal, the editorial staff chose to run a guest column by James Haught from West Virginia.  The commentary is so fraught with fallacy, misrepresentation, and disdain, it would take 10 times the length of the commentary to rebut it, as my Christian-school-educa…

The 2020 legislative session begins Feb. 11 and I look forward to the challenges that await. While it is true that I will not be seeking reelection this November, I remain committed to working on behalf of the people in District 8A until my current term expires at the start of January 2021.

You’ve heard this warning many times. We’ve been burning carbon-based fuels (gasoline, diesel and coal) for over a century now and it’s been great. Unfortunately, when they are burned they form carbon dioxide, an invisible odorless gas. It sounds innocent enough, but now, we have way too muc…

Last week, National Right to Life pulled their long-time endorsement of long-time representative of our 7th Congressional District, Collin Peterson. Peterson vigorously claims to be pro-life but he doesn’t vote that way anymore! He appears to no longer vote his values—instead, he chooses to …

Just had to tell what happened to my friend, Rose Wulfkuhle, and I while going to Perkins Restaurant for X-mas dinner. 

In Suzy Hames’ meandering Jan. 9 letter to the editor (“Kudos to Collin Peterson”), we are treated to an anti-impeachment missive devoid of actual fact, followed by a sharp veer into a critique of the global warming “scheme,” the Green New Deal, and a most curious assertion that such a progr…

Now that the impeachment process has begun, let’s set the record straight. The Democrats did not impeach President Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” They have brought these charges against him because they wanted to get rid of him. They told us that from the beginning. So they have f…

To be a Christian, or a person of moral integrity whatever your religion or culture, you need to be following God. Because we needed help in this due to our human weaknesses, God sent his son and our Savior Lord Jesus Christ through his love for us. Merry Christmas!

Just because we are older, why dont’ we have rights anymore? We more than paid our share and they keep saying because we’re older, we don’t have our right minds and we can’t get around like we used to. Yet, there are younger people that could really use the help and can’t get it. 

Republican Rick Perry, now alleged to be involved in Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal, has announced that Donald Trump was "chosen by God" to be president. This is an insult to intelligence and spirituality as well as blasphemous.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, The Fergus Falls Daily Journal reported on a panel discussion at Grace United Methodist/ Fergus Falls that addressed youth mental-health issues. Results from a 2018 Minnesota survey taken by Fergus Falls students (grades 5,8,9 and 11) were presented by Fergus Falls Sch…

Just a couple of months into the new school year, an alarming number of Otter Tail County students have been exposed to a widespread and fast-growing health problem: e-cigarettes. As a longtime health advocate and proud resident of Fergus Falls, I have once again witnessed a  generation becoming addicted to tobacco products.  The same argument […]

What  a load of waffle from Sally Pipe  “Short term plans are more affordable.  One analysis (and whose analysis might this be?) found that premiums for the cheapest short-term plans are 80% lower than those for the least expensive Obamacare plan … and thanks to the Trump administration, Americans can purchase short term plans that […]

I read with interest the two articles from Merrill Mathews.  First one right on! Ethanol was/is a disaster.  Created by the likes of big feed/seed companies, big chemical companies and plain old-fashioned greed.  Ethanol is extremely damaging to the environment in so many ways. But enough of that. On to his second letter extolling the virtues […]

Your health and how you care for your body is a matter of choice as a civilian; your choice – but not if you are in the military. Why? Because back in 1847 educated medical doctors wanted to keep control over their health-care domain. In 1847, they formed the American Medical Association (AMA) to do […]

Always, it seems, in an election cycle, outcomes the cry “watch out for those Democrats. They are socialists.” Well, I say we are all socialists. Why? Because all of us enjoy social programs: anything paid with your tax dollar and mine. How about the two biggies Social Security and Medicare? Or police and fire protection? […]

On behalf of the 2019 West Central Minnesota Career Expo Committee, we would like to thank the community of Fergus Falls for their generous support in making the 14th annual Career Expo on Thursday, Oct. 10 a huge success. The goals of this year’s expo were to: foster awareness of high-demand career opportunities; provide students […]

Forget the waivered ethanol gallons for now farmers and elected officials and offer big oil. This moves all E-10 gasoline  pumps to E-11 immediately.Why? Because it improves big oil’s gasoline margin!  For 113 octane ethanol sells cheaper than their 84 octane RBOB gasoline and big oil will only loss 1% in total volume of gasoline […]

Jordan Rasmusson’s column titled “How I Became a Conservative” gives me and the Republican Party of Otter Tail County hope for the future. Since Jordan’s time in Cuba, he has fought for conservative values and has become a nationally recognized leader within the conservative movement. I thank Rasmusson for sharing his story and hope it […]

Recently my office has been contacted by dozens of constituents of the Fergus Falls/Otter Tail County area that are deeply concerned over the topic of Fergus Falls becoming a “Sanctuary City.”  I share their concern that this policy would be going in the wrong direction. At the request of my constituents to get to the […]

There has been much said in the news about the recent mass shootings. All of us need to be concerned about these recent events and the direction of our country.   We recently read an article by Benjamin Gill about the mass shootings from the CBN News App (Christian Broadcasting News, 8/9/19) of which we […]

“We like our guns up here!”  That’s a quote from our good state senator from District 8.  Recent opinion polls in Minnesota indicate that 90% of its people want common-sense gun control.  In light of the recent mass shootings and school shootings, party leaders in the Minnesota Senate simply refuse to meet with the governor […]

A few days ago, I received a mailing from the National Right to Life organization, detailing the position of all the presidential candidates on the matter of abortion on demand and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Listed were 20 Democratic candidates and one man running against President Trump as a Republican. (Bill Weld…who describes […]

The Riverside Lions Club wants to thank and recognize all the businesses and individuals who showed their support with prizes and money donated for SummerFest and Riverside Lions projects for the greater Fergus Falls and surrounding area. Congratulations to the two winners of the Lions raffle. First prize: Kayaking package including a fishing kayak, two […]

On Monday, June 24, while I was walking through my apartment, my legs began to shake uncontrollably, then my upper body joined in. I was standing with my hands on my walker, and backed up to reach for my easy chair. But, I instead fell backward on my well-padded behind, with my upper half slamming […]

The sign states Kirkbride Park. Beneath the sign is a concrete planter full of colorful flowers and lovely green fauna. I enjoy the park and walk my dog — on his leash — as many others do as well. Lately, there are folks who let their dog(s) run off the leash. Big dogs; Australian shepherds; […]

A recent headline caught my eye, “U.S. budget deficit continues to soar.”  Sadly, this is the norm, not an aberration.  First some statistics. For the first eight months of the federal fiscal year, spending was over $3 trillion while receipts were under $2.3 trillion. The math for this is so basic that even the Trump […]

Thank you Otter Tail County residents for your support and help in collecting 5,110 pounds of food through the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The food collected was distributed to local food shelves and will go a long way to prevent hunger for thousands of people in our area Communities […]

We are writing to thank Rep. Collin Peterson for taking a stand for world peace. Sometimes little-known actions can yield big results. Our congressperson, Peterson, has requested that Congress support using trained unarmed civilian protectors to protect civilians in areas prone to violent conflict. Far from a pipe dream, unarmed civilian protectors from groups like […]