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For over a year, Gov. Tim Walz has ruled Minnesota with his overreaching executive orders. With his power, he has closed churches, schools, bars and restaurants. Some of which are never to open again! What is Rep. Jeff Backer doing about it?

Many thanks to Sgt. Adam Silbernagel and Officer Rebecca Harrington of the Fergus Falls Police Department (FFPD) for doing a nightly walk through downtown patrolling and testing the doors of each downtown business to see that they are securely locked. Very early Monday March 22, at 12:04 a.m…

I applaud Mayor Ben Schierer and the Fergus Falls City Council for hosting Rajan Zed to provide the opening invocation. It is a small act with a large meaning. An invocation is meant to draw us together. To recognize, regardless of our faith, status or background, those important values we s…



Hinduism is the oldest “religion” in the world. The term was introduced into the English language in the 1830s to denote the religious, philosophical and cultural traditions native to India, starting well before 3000 B.C., to describe their way of life. 

This letter is sent in appreciation for Mayor Ben Schierer’s articulate, easily readable letter in Feb. 27’s Daily Journal. It’s incomprehensible to me how any American with even the slightest knowledge of the Constitution could criticize his decision to have the leader of one of the world’s…

On Feb. 16, the Fergus Falls City Council adopted Resolution No. 30-2021 opposing Minnesota adopting California’s clean car initiative. They stated that “these rules would adversely affect our local auto dealers.”

I am getting sick of the pettiness of politics. Two things really struck me this week, first after Rush Limbaugh’s death I saw the repeat of his receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump several times and I noticed Nancy Pelosi sat sullen looking down the whole time. No stan…

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Recently there has been a mantra “keep it local” regarding the airport. What is local?  Must one reside within the city limits of Fergus Falls to manage the airport? Are Walmart, Jimmy Johns, Caribou Coffee, Home Depot, Fleet Farm, etc., local? These businesses are in Fergus Falls because th…

We are proud to be beginning the process of redeveloping in Fergus Falls. We started with parts of the former Regional Treatment Center and saving them from demolition and repurposing historic properties in Fergus Falls. We have to do so to keep growth redevelopment and expansion possible in…

Americans are uniformly appalled by the wanton killing, injuries and damage to our nation’s Capitol. President Donald Trump could have stepped out of his tent and told the rioters (who came from the rally he organized and paid for) to cease and desist. He didn’t. Rioters mercilessly beat and…

Over the weekend, the Dakota Territory Gun Show was held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Represented were dealers, collectors, and men and women of the United States military, both active and retired. As is tradition at this show, it begins with the playing of our national anthem. Military per…

This opinion is written in response to a recent article in the paper, regarding a Hindu statesman, Rajan Zed, who has been invited to open the Fergus Falls City Council meeting with an invocation on March 15. Mr. Zen would be doing this remotely, and from what I understand, he would open the…

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It’s been two weeks since our new president sat down at his desk and turned our country into chaos, and so easily with just a scratch of his pen. Let me name a few of those tragic events.

Jan. 6 happened. The attempted coup incited by Trump is despicable, grievous, hateful and abhorrent. I watched the horror with sickening fear and disgust. I was further enraged by insurrectionists carrying the American and Confederate flags while they attempted to overthrow a legal election …

I read Mr. Ken Harty’s article in the Jan. 9 newspaper and it made me laugh.

On Jan. 6, a mob of deluded Americans attacked the United States Capitol.  They were egged on by the president and he was aided in that effort by our democratically elected representative Michelle Fischbach, who just days before had taken the oath to protect the Constitution of the United States .

I am reading the final 2021 budget for the city of Fergus Falls. As I review any budget, I start at the top five spending areas for savings. The top budget items for the city are:

I would like to wish the residents of Otter Tail County a merry Christmas and all the best for 2021 after what has been a rather tumultuous 2020, to say the least.

Pearl Harbor Day was Dec. 7. I am proud to be a veteran with 20 years of service to my country. Looking back on my military journey and how I/we came to be living in Fergus Falls I know that God had a plan for my life and I was following his plan. Briefly, here is my military journey after g…

 Do not miss the Festival of Lights at the Lake Region Pioneer Thresherman’s Association in Dalton. It is an awesome display of lights and well worth the trip.

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When the elected president is seated and a vaccine for coronavirus is turning things around, it will be time to rebuild our country. Who will do it?

We all know where Joel Myhre stands in his weekly rants in Saturday’s paper, so it would be nice if he would get off his political bandwagon and go on like we all have. It’s his opinion and we don’t care about it anymore.

Partisan politics in our country and state is becoming increasingly hostile, divisive, and now, even dangerous. Consider a recent situation involving the state Legislature.

As yet another wave of the pandemic wreaks havoc on our nation’s health and economy, a great way to support each locally is to shop small and shop safe. Small Business Saturday is a movement started by American Express in 2010, just after the Great Recession, which encourages holiday shopper…

There have been many forecasts and projections this year, especially about the impact that mask wearing would have on the pandemic. What’s been missing, however, is any subsequent evaluation of these projections. Let’s try to do that here, starting with Gov. Tim Walz.

Veterans of all ages live in and around Fergus Falls. How does a man or woman become a veteran? Simply put a person becomes a veteran after they have served on active duty in the military, as a weekend warrior in the Reserves or the National Guard and have been separated, discharged or retired.

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The members of American Legion Auxiliary Adamson Norman Unit 30 of Fergus Falls, would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States armed forces.

Mayor Ben Schierer is running for reelection.  I believe Ben is one of our best mayors and should  be reelected to serve our community.   A Fergus Falls native, Ben is passionate about our town.  Just talking with him about Fergus Falls gets him all fired up!  

I wonder why Democrat members of Congress deem that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is not qualified to be confirmed to be a justice on the Supreme Court because she is a practicing Catholic, but Joe Biden, who makes a big effort  to portray himself as a loyal Catholic, is deemed worthy to be president?

As someone whose family has lived in Fergus Falls for several generations I appreciate when I meet people  who are new to town and that is one reason why I am voting for Victoria McWane-Creek for City Council Ward 3. McWane-Creek made it very clear that she wants an all-inclusive Fergus Fall…

Two biases have really warped our COVID response - the action bias and the illusion of control. The action bias is our tendency to prefer doing something to doing nothing, and the illusion of control is our tendency to believe we have control over random events.

After 50-plus years together as a couple my wife and I have had many, many political discussions. Most end in a draw, as we don’t align with the same political party. Luckily , the local election for mayor is not a blue or red issue! It is about local people serving the place and the people …

Electing leaders who focus on problem solving, not party politics, will move us in the right direction. Michele Anderson looks forward when seeking solutions. She understands that her job as a senator of District 8 is to acknowledge issues, meet people where they’re at and move forward toget…

Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning psychologist, said that “a reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.”

Ben Schierer has been a strong, involved and effective mayor. He has experienced more challenges to our economic well-being than ever before. It has been a “perfect storm” — the mall, Kmart, Herbergers, Target, Shopko and SunMart all closed because of national economic stresses. COVID-19 str…

Economic development is hard work. Nobody works harder for improving the economy in the Fergus Falls community than Ben Schierer. As mayor, he has done more than anyone to promote Fergus Falls, to bring people together, and to build a foundation where businesses and industry can flourish.

Recently I watched CBS “60 MINUTES” about the climate science behind our country’s wildfires and powerful storms (Oct. 4 broadcast). If you missed it, you can google this 13-minute segment. It’s interesting, eye-opening, and at the same time, hopeful, that we can solve our climate crisis.

I would like to suggest that the person, or persons, who stole the political signs displayed in my front yard, may want to come back and get the wire frames so they can be displayed properly. I know that I am not the first victim of theft. I agree with the writers of previous Letters to the …

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After watching the two debates between the Senate District 8 candidates Michele Anderson and Bill Ingebrigtsen, it is clear how much we need Anderson to represent us. During the debates, Anderson demonstrated her understanding of a wide range of topics from Minnesota’s rural economy, to COVI…

It seems to me that we “don’t often hear” about what kids are “picking up on” from this president in terms of his actions toward others and his words while in office.  Presidents have always been looked up to as role models of civility, dignity and respect, regardless of party. However, Pres…

People have fears.  Fear of heights, creepy crawlers, or things that go bump in the night.  Many have fallen prey to the dreadful fear mongering campaign ads on television, flyers, mailers and social media.  They threaten if one votes Democrat “they” are coming to take your guns, your childr…

Even if Doug Thorson and I differ on a few things philosophically, I have to agree with him on one important thing.  “You can steal my yard sign, but you can’t steal my vote.” Someone must not have been able to obtain their own yard sign, so they stole mine.  Or was it someone who disagrees …

Residents of Otter Tail County District 3, if you do not know or have not met Kurt Mortenson, allow me this brief look into why I will be voting for him on Nov. 3.  Kurt’s demeanor is that of a calm, thoughtful and articulate individual who listens intently.  He has served our county excepti…

For everyone who attended and/or contributed to the benefit for Shawn Olson on Sept. 26, 2020, we are overwhelmed by the love, support, and generosity you showed during his difficult battle with cancer, and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Our family would like to say a v…

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The Red Cross blood drive was held in Fergus Falls in September. The coordinators were very pleased with the drive overall and the willingness of the donors to share this life saving gift.

I reluctantly voted for Donald Trump, a controversial candidate, in 2016 because the Democrats didn’t offer a candidate I could support. President Trump has worked hard to keep his campaign promises in spite of how aggressively his political opponents have fought his efforts, maligned him an…