Opinion

I recently had the chance to talk with Bloomington native Kent Hrbek about the July 15 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Target Field. Hrbek, former All-Star first baseman for the Minnesota Twins, said he has mixed feelings about the game.

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The “Support for DFL candidates” letter by Wesley Volkenant published in the July 11 UnionHerald appears to be the opening salvo, including near-smear tactics, on Republicans running for Congressional and Minnesota state offices.

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I got a call the other day from a friend in St. Louis. She had seen television reports about the awful flooding in Minnesota and was concerned about us. I assured her we were fine, but I couldn’t explain why. Why is most of Anoka County dry only a few hours after a heavy rain?

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It happened again this week. The family of an accused criminal defendant in a serious crime with sensational overtones is descended upon at their residence by Twin Cities TV reporters, asking them for comment. Apparently, ratings concerns supersede simple understanding of their grief and their right to privacy.

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Campaign season 2014 is underway. Filings closed last month for a host of races, from city council to county board, from State House to Congress. ABC Newspapers is dedicated to bringing local election news to our readers. We devote space each week to news stories, letters to the editor and to a Voters Guide that focuses on local community races.

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