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Editorial: Patriots Day attack stirs up patriotism

Early Bostonians were among the first colonists to demand fair representation, resulting in the Boston Tea Party. The Revolution soon followed and a free nation was born.

The terrorists -- what else would anyone call those responsible for Monday's despicable act -- would do well to think again at what they have unleashed. Did these individuals behind the pressure bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line fail to realize that lashing out on Patriots Day will only strengthen Americans' resolve to protect this free land and free society? Patriotism and the American sense of fair play are reignited.

"We still do not know who did this or why," President Obama said Monday. "We will find out who did this; we'll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

The Boston Marathon attracts runners from across the country and around the globe. The international event welcomes those who are free and those who long to be free. They run for honor. They run to win. They cover 26 miles to prove themselves. They return year after year to better their times and themselves.

The 2013 runners included about 500 Minnesotans and at least two Goodhue County residents, one from Red Wing and one from Goodhue. Every community, whether it had a runner or not, mourns with Boston and the free world.

We also stand resolved. America runs the race of freedom every day, and we intend to go on winning.