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  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:44 AM
    Bill Would Pave the Way for More & Larger Factory Farms
    In rural Minnesota, we know farmers are facing record low prices and our communities are suffering because of that.Legislators should be working to figure out how to help family farmers get through these tough times. Instead, I see bills designed to help the biggest corporate-backed operations get bigger and take away the rights of neighbors.
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:43 AM
    There have been a lot of headlines already this year. The closing down of Ringling Brothers Circus was really important to me. I confess that I attended the circus only once. I enjoyed it but never found a way to return. Ringling Brothers is closing because it could no longer survive the lawsits, picketing, and general harassment of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), and their local committees and action arms.
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:00 PM
    In reading Vincent Carraher’s Letter to the Editor in the March 8 issue, I was impressed that Mr. Carraher clearly lays out a Belle Plaine resident’s concern based on the Constitutional principle that each citizen has the right to stand up and petition their government to not give preference to one religious view over another or no religion.
  • Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:08 AM
    Concerning Veteran’s VFW Monument:
    My wife Lori and I were residents of the City of Belle Plaine for 17 years and we had the good fortune of making friends with many fine people in the community. The friendships are still in place; we are pleased to say.

  • Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:07 AM
    Like many (the many being evidenced by the public outcry that led to its return) I was disappointed to see the cross removed from the Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial. I wanted to express just how happy I was to see how quickly the city responded to the Defend Veterans Park proposal as well as to explain exactly why this means so much to me as the mother of two veteran sailors, niece of a fallen WWII soldier and a friend to many other veterans.
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:40 PM
    I hope President Donald Trump brings a renewed spirit of morality to America. But since honesty is a primary principle of moral behavior, I’m disheartened by his first news conference as President-Elect. Fact-checking organizations found a number of his statements to be questionable or out-right false.

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:40 PM
    The farmers, small businesses and families buying individual insurance policies on the exchange are facing significant premium increases coming from insurance companies.
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:38 AM
    I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Belle Plaine for re-electing me to my sixth term on the city council. I am looking forward to working with Chris Meyer, Ben Stier, Paul Chard, and Theresa McDaniel on issues of economic development and enhancing our quality of life. I would also like to express my gratitude to outgoing council members Henry Pressley, Mike Pingalore, and Gary Trost. They have dedicated years of their lives to Belle Plaine and we should all be proud of their service.
            Cary Coop
    Belle Plaine City Council 
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:37 AM
    My side won last week. Not in the Tuesday election but on Thursday when Obama received Trump at the White House. Obama demonstrated how this country can heal. Trump was received with hospitality and grace. Radical hospitality is the spiritual practice we are most in need of. Grace is absolutely rare in my world. If the broken heart of this world is to be healed we must behave exactly as the now soon-to-be-ex-president did on Thursday. Practice hospitality to all we meet as we were taught by our Savior. Live a life as grace full as we can manage.
    Larry Kiewel
    Belle Plaine, MN
  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 10:00 AM
    Do you have a loved one, family member, friend, neighbor...having difficulty with memory? Our family does.
  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:59 AM
    Dear Editor,
    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We at Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women are TAKING A STAND against domestic violence!
  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:58 AM
    Disease or Symptom
    A friend began a conversation by naming the presidential candidates after unpleasant diseases. I don't think the candidates are a disease. I think they are a symptom of the of the disease we are suffering from.
  • Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:29 AM
    At this point, the Presidential election of 2016 is Donald Trump’s to lose.
  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 10:54 AM
    by Sen. Kevin Dahle
    As leaders negotiate, “purple” members look for points of unity.
    While we may see tough talk between Republican and Democratic Party leaders during the last few weeks of the legislative session, members of the Minnesota Senate’s Purple Caucus have a different philosophy.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:15 AM
    I’m writing this letter to reach out to my neighbors in the homes and farms surrounding Belle Plaine. 

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