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13
Sep
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Make Minnesota A Dreamer Destination

Make Minnesota A Dreamer Destination

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

The clock is ticking on the six-month deadline President Donald Trump set last week for Congress to pass an immigration law to protect the status of the nearly 800,000 children and young adults known as Dreamers.

Dreamers are the children of illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents. Many have known no other home. They attend our elementary schools, high schools and colleges. They serve in the military. They are engineers, designers, electricians, medical personnel, teachers, welders and fill many other jobs in our economy. They are neighbors and friends.

Wed
06
Sep
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Dreamers Are Essential To America’s Future

Dreamers Are Essential To America’s Future

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

With Congress unable to pass immigration legislation that ensured children who have been brought here as infants or very young children would not be deported after growing up in America, President Obama acted on his own in 2012. He issued the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, executive order that protects them from deportation.

Conservative Republicans called Obama’s DACA executive order extreme presidential overreach and unconstitutional.

Thu
31
Aug
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Antifa Tactics Hurt More Than Help

Antifa Tactics Hurt More Than Help                                                                                                                                                                                             

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Strength does not come from
                                                                                                                                                                                    physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Wed
23
Aug
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Confederate Monuments Need To Come Down

Confederate Monuments Need To Come Down

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

The best description we’ve heard of what drives President Trump’s presidency and personality is that he is a tribal leader. His tribe is made up of the core of those who elected him to office. It is made up of the people fiercely loyal to him despite the outrageous things he says and does. He is loyal to his tribe because it worships him.

Most candidates for public office are tribal. They play to the base that will help them get elected, but they recognize once in office they represent every citizen of their district, state, or nation. Presidents in the past have always spoken inclusively of all Americans in facing divisive challenges. But Trump doubles down on division, relishing in the turmoil it creates, and the tighter bond it fashions with this core supporters.

Wed
16
Aug
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Newspapers Essential To Community

Newspapers Essential To Community
 

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

We are one of more than 200 newspapers in Minnesota to print a blank front page this week to illustrate to our communities what they face should their local newspaper disappear.

This is the only blank front page we have printed in 131 years.

Today, it is estimated there are 600 fewer newspapers in America than there were in 2004. In 1990, there were nearly 57,000 people working in daily newspaper newsrooms. Now that number is closer to 32,000. No one seems to know exactly how many community weekly newspapers have closed their doors or how many rural journalists have been laid off, but communities throughout rural America are gradually becoming news deserts.

Tue
08
Aug
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Faked Videos The Next Challenge To Democracy

Faked Videos The Next Challenge To Democracy

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

"Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.”

Benjamin Franklin

Founding Father Benjamin Franklin’s words are too forgiving in this digital age. It is getting to the point where we can’t trust much of what we read, what hear, or what we see. And it is going to get worse.

Trouble is we have to have faith in someone to bring us the truth so that we can make informed decisions about the quality of those who would lead us.

We need trustworthy information to make decisions about important policy decisions: Is climate change real? Should we go to war with North Korea? Do immigrants reduce wages for citizens? Will millions lose health coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed?

Wed
02
Aug
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Trump Budget Would Deeply Damage Rural America

Trump Budget Would Deeply Damage Rural America

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

As it works to shape the next five-year farm bill that Congress is supposed to approve in 2018, the Minnesota Farmers Union has been doing an extensive, ongoing survey of what the state’s farming community thinks needs to be addressed in that bill.

It conducted 14 Rural Issues Discussions around the state this past spring and into the summer. It has also been conducting what it calls Rural Voices Discussions that will continue into 2018.

From those discussions it is developing a comprehensive list of needs of farmers and rural communities that will become a part of their lobbying agenda in both St. Paul and Washington, D.C. Every state legislator will be made aware of the needs of farmers and told how the state can help. Members of Congress will get the same message, but geared at federal assistance.

Tue
25
Jul
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Benson Needs Leaders To Step Up

Benson Needs Leaders To Step Up
 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams
Sixth U.S. President

When voters go to the polls in Benson this coming November they will be electing a new mayor and at least one new council member.

Mayor Gary Landmark and Council Member Stephanie Heinzig have announced they will not seek reelection in November. Council Member Jack Evenson is also up for re-election and has said he will seek a second term.

If Evenson were to lose, the council could see three of its five members new to city politics, but having a deciding vote in directing the city’s future for the next two years.

Tue
18
Jul
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Volunteers Make Kid Day, Band Festival Special

Volunteers Make Kid Day, Band Festival Special

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

Successful community events don’t just happen. They take a lot of hard work and dedication. They take people willing to sacrifice their free time for their community, often with very little thanks. While everyone else is sitting back and enjoying the day, they are scurrying around to make sure all the bases are covered and handling those inevitable little problems that pop up.

Thu
13
Jul
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‘Tipping Points’ - What Will It Take Us To Act?

‘Tipping Points’ - What Will It Take Us To Act?

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

A half a world away from each other one small ecological threat and one very large environmental disaster are playing out. Both have something in common – the actions of humans.

First, let’s look at the local threat to the environment and our quality of life. A recent study of Norway, Games and Andrew lakes, in northwest Kandiyohi County finds that the three popular lakes are reaching a “tipping point” on water quality. Norway Lake is already considered “impaired” because of pollutants.

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