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LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Discussions took on something of a bleak tone when the plight of families — particularly young, rural and working parents — came up during discussion. “People are desperate,” said Christine Gesme of Harmony House of Little Falls, who noted she no longer adds more parents to her waiting list of 150 families. “I’ve had people asking me when was a good time for them to get pregnant. That’s real and that’s a real odd conversation. What do you tell these families who just want to work and raise their children?”
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. — Minnesota National Guard heads invited media outlets to Camp Ripley the afternoon of Friday, June 21, to announce a number of sexual assault prevention and response initiatives. Characterized as a push for open dialogue, increased safety and positive health reinforcement for members of the armed services, Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the adjutant general of all National Guard reserves throughout the state, noted these efforts were spurred, in part, by rising rates of reported sexual assaults.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Capitol Hill is buzzing — ushering in a new Congress, with an ongoing government shutdown looming around legislative proceedings — and in the midst of this is Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Duluth, the 8th District’s new freshman congressman. Stauber, 52, spoke in a phone interview during a short respite in his schedule-packed days. “It’s humbling and surreal, but it’s just a privilege and an honor serving the 600,000-and- something people from Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District,” Stauber said. He was sworn into office on Jan. 3.
How often does it come down to a choice weighed “between the lesser of two evils” in American politics? Maybe that’s something of a hyperbolic expression in today’s polarized political environment, but there’s no denying American voters are often voting against someone or some policy as much as they’re voting for someone or a specific policy measure -- contests, compared to decades past, featuring no shortage of mud-slinging and second-guessing.