Pulitzer Prizes for 2018 will be announced Aug. 16. The awards — 13 each year — recognize achievements in American journalism as well as literature and music. This year's announcement day also will mark a concerted effort by numerous editorial boards across the nation to draw attention to the vital role the free press (i.e. newspapers like this one) plays in our nation.
If you're thinking about skipping Tuesday's primary election, think again. Our representative form of government uses primaries for two main purposes: • to select a candidate to represent a political party for a certain race in the general election. • to narrow the field of candidates in non-partisan races to two for each seat. But there are other, less tangible reasons of equal importance.
Slowly, slowly, the Minnesota judicial system moves closer to the openness in Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota courtrooms. A pilot project on video and audio coverage of criminal proceedings proved successful, so the Minnesota Supreme Court this month appropriately made permanent most of the rules tested over the past 2 1/2 years.
Bills passed during the Minnesota legislative session and signed into law by the governor typically take effect Aug. 1. This year four laws had a July 1 date. Three you could consider tweaks to existing laws, but one is of particular note for parents of young athletes: Trainers now need a license.
Three crashes on Wisconsin roads killed five people over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend. Not to be outdone, Minnesota had six deaths in six separate crashes.
You can expect conditions to intensify starting this week as the season officially changes with the summer solstice. The earth is tilting on its axis, heat is rising and storms surely are ahead. Voters need to dress, prepare and act accordingly. Here's a short list to consider before heading out: • Sunscreen
When the class of 2018 looks back years from now on the months leading up to graduation day and all that has transpired in the time that followed, the members might find themselves answering a multiple-choice question: What big challenge of the day did I rise to meet? • Environment • Equality • Conflict The answer to any one of these may seem daunting. After all, what can a 17- or 18-year-old do? What can a bunch of students do? More than you or they might think. Given today's headlines, they certainly should feel motivated.
A salute, a nod, a sincere "Thank you." Veterans perhaps don't expect more than these in recognition of their service, but that doesn't mean a simple acknowledgement is all we can or should provide.
The importance of Minnesota State colleges and universities is being driven home this graduation season, when 40,000 students will receive degrees from the system's campuses in 47 communities throughout the state. We're well aware of the system's importance here with MSC Southeast in Red Wing and its sister campus in Winona.
Trees. They are rooted in our communities. They define some neighborhoods. They provide curb appeal and raise property values. They enhance our economic vitality. Our communities strive to earn "Tree City" designation. Trees. They stand as symbols of environmental stewardship. They can reduce the erosion of precious topsoil by wind and water. They can cut heating and cooling costs. They can help us moderate the earth's temperature. They clean the air and produce life-giving oxygen. Trees.