Dr. Noel Collis a solid hardworking conservative, whose only motivation to run is to stand up for the cause of freedom. He believes that the need for change in Washington right now is so important, that like President Trump, he has self-funded his primary race with money he made from investi…

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Ninety-six years ago, my grandfather, who served in the Navy in World War II, was born in Otter Tail County.  My grandpa frequently tells me stories of his childhood during the Great Depression where he had to ration lard for meals and huddle closely with his family to stay warm in the cold …

Otter Tail County has been my lifelong home. I treasure our rural way of life and what it offers. Watching what is happening in our country and our state has gotten my attention and made me realize that we cannot afford to sit back and watch well-organized, well-funded extremist groups creat…

Finally, we here in rural Minnesota have a candidate for our state Senate District 8 who will work for us in rural Minnesota.  That candidate is Michele Anderson.

No matter the faith we each chose, there is that daily reality, too, having to navigate our daily lives instead of blindly leaving it to God. True responsible faith dictates that we each take personal responsibility to care for the beautiful body our creator endowed us, and to use our beauti…

As a music educator who had a difficult adjustment period to distance learning last spring, I fully understand that it is still unsafe for us to resume in-person learning. Research tells us that COVID-19 is airborne and highly contagious, particularly indoors. The risk increases with indoor …

Around 10 a.m. on the morning of July 5, Independence Day weekend, a small group of Otter Tail County residents placed a Black Lives Matter sign on the median along Highway 210 in front of the Underwood Quik Stop & Cafe gas station. This action was taken to show solidarity with the anti-…

Gov. Tim Walz plans to schedule a special session around July 13 for the Minnesota legislators to finish their work.  One key piece that should be an easy decision is for the Senate to approve the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) bill.  This fund was approved by Minnesota…

Otter Tail County is going to miss having Bud Nornes in the state Legislature.  Not only did he take our values to St. Paul, he went to bat for us when the government made life difficult.  State government needs all the common sense it can get and Bud has it.

“If you’re lucky enough to live in Fergus Falls, you’re lucky enough!” I had the opportunity to live there for 15 years and Fergus Falls is a beautiful place to live … people look out/care for one another. Let’s extend that attitude to this (#@&#) pandemic. I think we feel like it won’t …

With the tumultuous times in our state, as your state senator I felt compelled to respond to the information that is reported by the main street media. Some of the reporting is informative and even helpful during the COVID-19 time frame. However, after the horrible incident that happened in …



How curious that the Republican Party of OTC sees fit to make a list of political points against our governor, lieutenant governor and the city of Minneapolis but neglects to mention the seminal action taken by a policeman killing a Black man that precipitated the events.

I know many people just wish the protests would remain peaceful. I wish it too, if peaceful protests did anything.

I was interested to read the account of the recent City Council meeting where the council unanimously approved a motion regarding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which would “specifically avoid any reference to anything from the U.N.” As a former U.N. official whose work cen…

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The events of the two weeks must seem very far away from us in Fergus Falls. Aside from a silent vigil for George Floyd here in town and a protest in Fargo, the events surrounding the murder of a black man seems distant. I would like to help us draw a line from Fergus Falls to Minneapolis.

When are we going to have riots and marches to protest the killing of police officers? Doesn’t their lives matter? Don’t we need them?

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.

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.

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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.

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…