It’s still 911 to me

The evolution of consumer technology over the last several decades has required significant internal changes to the 911 system. With all the changes, when emergency help is needed, it’s still 911 (to you and me). Here are a few of the major changes. The 911 system first started in 1968 and was based on rotary…

E15 is a win-win for Minn. Legislators

To the Editor, While partisan divisions continue to dominate the debate about our nation’s energy future, Legislators in St. Paul are considering a proposal that can unite our state behind a clean, home-grown energy opportunity. By incentivizing fuel stations to offer higher blends of biofuels and expanded E15 sales, Minnesota can fuel a more prosperous…

Letter to the Editor

Say yes to biofuels, no to unfair mandates I own and operate Land O’Lakes Oil and Propane in Kimball – providing fuels in this community for 92 years – and I am writing to you today to let you know more about how an E15 mandate would hurt my business and hundreds of other retailers.…

Gohmann’s was a treasure

I am sure by now most people know that Gohmann’s Foods will be closing the end of February. Thinking of this myself, I am disheartened and saddened, though I sympathize and emphathize with the devastating medical issues. Gene and Gloria Gohmann are strong pillars of the Kimball community. I have enjoyed, through my years in…

Letter to the Editor

This is for the person(s) who hit and destroyed our mailbox and post Friday night by Watkins and didn’t come and say they did it or say they will replace it. There will be a cost to put up a new one. It is very sad to come out and see the damage that was…

Corporate welfare fuels credit union expansion

The United States banking industry is currently experiencing a series of small bank acquisitions by much larger credit unions. This expansion is of public interest as it serves to reduce federal, state and local tax bases. You see, while credit unions and banks provide substantially the same financial services, credit unions are exempt from state…

Celebrating our natural resources

This Earth Day, we are grateful for our region’s natural resources. With the approach of Earth Day on April 22, we at the Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District are reflecting on the wonderful natural resources we get to enjoy in Meeker County. Our District is grateful for the opportunity to work with members of…

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

An estimated one million people in the U.S. live with Parkinson’s disease, the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. Symptoms vary, but can include tremors; difficulty with balance, swallowing, chewing and speaking; and cognitive impairment. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and I, along with the St. Cloud Area Parkinson’s Support Group urge everyone in the…

Box office now open for FungusAmongus Players

Tickets are on sale now for a FungusAmongus Players double- feature: “Old Herbaceous” and “Foxfire.” Kurt Schulz stars in “Old Herbaceous,” a one-man show sprinkled with wisdom and humor. Expect storytelling at its finest from Herbert Pinnegar, lifelong gardener for an English manor house, as he shares lessons about life and caring for one another.…

Rep. Demuth: Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help

I recently submitted a legislative column where I explained how, for me, serving as a State Representative always will be about the people. Today, I would like to expand upon that message. Part of my column touched on my open-door policy and explained how constituent engagement is the cornerstone of my public service. Yes, this…