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By Paul Kengor I was awakened at 4:45 a.m. earlier this week by a ringing telephone. A call that early in the morning often brings bad news--sometimes news of a death. I braced myself. The call was indeed about a death, but the news wasn't bad. The messenger was a producer for a television show requesting that I, half asleep, join her morning crew to discuss the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. "He's dead?" I replied. "Wow. That's good news." By the time my wife arose, she found me grinning. I informed her of the reason for my excitement.
By Sheldon Richman Try as they might, apologists for the war in Iraq won't be convincing when they insist that, at worst, the Haditha "incident" (or was it a mishap?) was the unfortunate work of a few bad Marines. It was something much worse. When men trained to kill on a battlefield -- this wasn't the Salvation Army, after all -- are ordered into civilian areas where many residents see the troops as an occupying force rather than as liberators, what would you expect to happen? We hear war defenders complain that "the enemy" doesn't identify itself. Why should it?
By Ted Kooser Gardeners who've fought Creeping Charlie and other unwanted plants may sympathize with James McKean from Iowa as he takes on Bindweed, a cousin to the two varieties of morning glory that appear in the poem. It's an endless struggle, and in the end, of course, the bindweed wins.
We received a press release in the office the other day.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting Take A Kid Fishing Weekend through Sunday. Minnesota residents can fish for free over the weekend if they are fishing with youngsters up to age 16. "This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce kids to the joys of fishing or spend some quality outdoor time with a youngster who has never wet a line before," said Jenifer Matthees, supervisor of the DNR's MinnAqua Program. The DNR encourages adults to get kids involved with fishing early in childhood.
The Morris Eagles amateur baseball team won for the second time in three games with an 8-3 victory over the Benson Chiefs Wednesday in Benson. The Eagles improved to 3-6 overall, with their lone loss in the last week coming in 10 innings against Clinton. Against Benson, pitcher Jeff Wold earned the win, working 7-2/3 innings and allowing 3 runs. Defensively Morris was solid, with Ross Haugen throwing out a runner at home from centerfield and Tim Strobel handling several tough chances at shortstop.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Democrats will pick a governor candidate when they gather in Rochester this week and they will debate whether recess should be required for school kids. In between, they will coronate Amy Klobuchar as their U.S. Senate candidate, although she will be challenged by a persistent veterinarian, Ford Bell, in the Sept. 12 primary election. And, of course, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party state convention will feature countless speeches from politicians and would-be politicians, including Russ Feingold, a U.S.
Morris Area golfer Max Martin shot a two-day total of 171 to finish in a tie for 57th at the 2006 Class A Boy's State Golf Tournament at Izaty's June 7-8. Martin shot 86 in his first round and 85 on day two. The Minnewaska girls golf team won the Class A girls golf championship by four strokes over Lake City. The six Minnewaska girls shot 664.
The 2006 session of the Minnesota legislature could serve as an example of what happens when you work together for the common good. That assessment from three state representatives who participated in a legislative panel organized as part of the Symposium on Small Towns. The overall theme for the Symposium was "Working Better Together for the Common Good." Representative Laura Brod, a Republican from New Prague, noted that this most recent session has been billed as the most productive in years.
The Elementary League softball season opened with a flurry of runs in the first three nights. Here are recaps of the season-opening games: June 1 Recap For the second time in three nights a game ended in a tie. Ag Country took a three-run lead into the bottom of the sixth, but allowed Bank of the West to score three runsbring in three runners to score. The game ended tied 18-18. On the north field Engebretson finally got in the win column with a 10-5 victory over Thompson.