Dare we hope it? The weather gurus expect the weekend to be, well, like summer. After days of unseasonably cool, wet and cloudy weather, the sun will shine and warm the air to near 80 degrees, the forecasters say.
The fishing season opener in Minnesota is almost like a holy day: A kind of sacredness is attached to it. For serious anglers, it’s the day when winter turns to spring, when anticipation becomes reality, when the bob of a boat on a windy lake invigorates the winter-dulled soul.
We should always become concerned when government decides what’s best for the private sector and intrudes in its operation. But in the case of legislation that would mandate Ainsworth Lumber Co. to keep its closed Bemidji plant in operating shape could mean the difference to hundreds of workers in the Bemidji area, as well is timber industry suppliers and vendors.
This week’s potential pandemic outbreak of swine flu has all of us thinking about measures to avoid getting sick, chief among them canceling for now trips to Mexico where the illness has been deadly for nearly 200 people and caused thousands of people to become ill.
Grand Forks is a college town and sits at the intersection of two four-lane highways. But attracting new businesses still is tough.
And if economic development is a challenge in Grand Forks, it can seem almost impossible in rural North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Especially because the Great Plains lacks both mountains and beachfront, the “scenic amenities” that help drive rural growth.
“Why do people continue to build their homes so close to the river?” writes a commenter on a flood story in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
Asks another in a Minneapolis Star Tribune comment: “Why do people continue to rebuild in the same area that are likely to flood? Why fight Mother Nature?”
Let’s dispatch those criticisms once and for all.
Congress should not reopen the 2008 farm bill simply because President Barack Obama wants to put a subsidy cap on big farmers. One idea tossed out was ending direct payments to farmers with annual incomes of $500,000 or more. The president mentioned caps in his address to Congress last week, raising eyebrows among farmers, agribusiness organizations and farm-state senators.
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