This is the perfect time to come together

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Over the past weeks and months, even the most casual observer would notice that “We the People” are pulling apart over several dividing lines. Whatever your stand on any side of any of these issues – and even if you’re doing your best to straddle them all so as to…

‘Minnesota Nice’ is toxic

By Jean Doran Matua One of the things Minnesota is best known for is our “Minnesota Nice.” It may be tied with our cold winters. We may feel like we earn a badge of honor each year we survive the winter. But we are very proud of our “Minnesota Nice.” It’s a true badge of…

We must first try to understand

By Jean Doran Matua It is said, “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes.” In the wake of civil unrest following the murder of a black man in police custody, I have seen a lot of judging and not very much walking. This, in a big way, is the downside of…

Imagine, if you will …

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Trigger warning: If you have already set your mind and heart on who are the good guys and bad guys in all the chaos and turmoil in this past week, then please jump to the next article over. This is not for you. However, if you are open and want…

Imagine, if you will …

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Trigger warning: If you have already set your mind and heart on who are the good guys and bad guys in all the chaos and turmoil in this past week, then please jump to the next article over. This is not for you. However, if you are open and want…

Happy anniversaries

Jean Matua “From the Heart” Thanksgiving week marks two very important anniversaries for me. I joined the Tri-County News 20 years ago this week, jumping right in and – from what was written by the publisher then – changing things up quite a bit. It would be a year before I purchased the newspaper and…

Re-setting priorities

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor It’s been nearly a month since the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention, and I haven’t had time to “show off” our two awards. We’ll get to it, soon. As some may know, my husband (and photographer of basketball games, ice fishing contests, and more) had to return to his home country…

No matter what, VOTE!

In the 2016 presidential election, only 3 of 5 eligible voters bothered to exercise that right. That means that 2 of 5 eligible to vote didn’t bother. That was a near-record low, and the lowest in 20 years. There may be forces, both inside and outside the country, counting on similar poor turnouts this year.…

It’s okay to drop a plate now and then

By Jean Doran Matua Those of you old enough to remember the Ed Sullivan Show will get this easily. Plate-spinner.  Remember the guy who would spin plates atop long wooden dowels, all while Aram Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance played relentlessly in the background? I not only remember watching it, but I feel like that most days.…

Thanks to our first-responders

We are always grateful to our local volunteer firefighters, rescue squads, and EMTs, but this week we have an extra “excuse” to express our gratitude.

THANK YOU!

For being willing to spend your “free” evenings doing training each month, and spending years in training. THANK YOU!

For being willing to be called away from the dinner table, your child’s concert, your workday, or out of a dead sleep, THANK YOU!

For being willing to rush in while everyone else is running away, THANK YOU!

For doing what most of us can’t do, or can’t even imagine doing, THANK YOU!

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