The First Amendment protects people's right to say hateful things — including hurtful and false words about minorities, religious groups, men, women and more. We call that freedom of speech. As long as such incendiary words aren't spoken in a setting that evokes violence, just about anything goes, as courts have confirmed over the years. But just because someone has the right to say something doesn't mean that person has a right to have those thoughts published on this page.
Families living in the upper Midwest should be feeling pretty good — subzero weather and all. The cold, hard truth — when you look at the WalletHub survey data — is that states with four genuine seasons lead the nation as the best places to a raise a family. Coincidence? Don't tell that to local kids who all seem to love the recent snowfall.
Individually, our local state and national lawmakers have denounced sexual harassment. While they must do so given the scandals bringing down powerful men across the nation, we genuinely believe most of these fine people are sincere.
Goose, gravy, a few meager potatoes and a little applesauce. Such is the feast upon which Bob Cratchit's family dines in Charles Dicken's classic "A Christmas Carol" as Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present watch. A small, hard plum pudding extravagantly doused in "half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy"—a half a cup at most costing a few pennies—is the crowning glory.
Just as "The Twelve Days of Christmas" are familiar, many of us know why residents should shop locally instead of going online or traveling to a destination mall. Still, 'tis the season so we invite you to consider 12 reasons how you benefit yourself, your neighbors and your community when you buy goods sold and made close to home. 1. Shopping locally helps Red Wing, Cannon Falls, Ellsworth, Lake City, Zumbrota and more retain their distinctiveness. Our independent shops create special shopping experiences. Sometimes we take for granted why many tourists enjoy coming here.
Thanksgiving Day is upon us. Traditions and bountiful feasts aside, Americans dedicate this day to thanking God for what is good here. We place prominently on that long list our guaranteed freedoms — especially this year the freedom of speech, including the freedom to hold tough conversations publicly.
You'll go to bed Friday night and wake Saturday as you did today, living in a free land. You can thank every veteran — from those determined Minutemen of the Revolutionary War to the dedicated service men and women of today protecting our nation, from the forgotten Spanish American War soldiers to the spat-upon Vietnam War veterans who did what their nation asked of them.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The observance couldn't be timed better for 2017. In September, the credit reporting agency Equifax (i.e. all of us) suffered the worst data breach in the computer era. The fact that hackers exploited a security vulnerability made headlines for weeks. That means now — before big holiday shopping begins — is a good time for consumers to review their online security measures. You need to take steps to secure your technology, data and personal information.
Minnesota and Wisconsin state laws require vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm fully extended. Drivers need to stop at least 20 feet from the bus and remain stopped until the arm is closed and the bus begins to move. Despite this, an estimated 828 vehicles per day illegally pass school buses in Wisconsin, according to Wisconsin School Bus Association. Minnesota isn't far behind, where as part of a School Bus Stop Arm survey 3,659 bus drivers counted 703 violations in one day.
Midwest gold is flowing. We refer to corn. Farmers and custom-combine professionals are hard at work harvesting 2017's bounty. This means motorists need to be alert for large, slow-moving ag vehicles transporting crops to markets, grain elevators, processing plants, river barges and railroad yards. The risk is especially great on rural, two-lane roads like those in Goodhue, Pierce and surrounding counties. Several related factors make encounters between standard vehicles traveling 55 mph or greater with farm equipment going perhaps 25 mph risky.