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Trapshooting Team Banned From School Yearbook [Updated]

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Big Lake High School has a trapshooting team, which isn't surprising since trapshooting is the fastest-growing sport in Minnesota. Currently, around 11,000 students in 343 Minnesota high schools participate in the sport. From the photo below, it looks as though trapshooting is popular in Big Lake. Over 50 students apparently are participating: That's a nice photo, but it won't be appearing in the Big Lake High School yearbook. The Star Tribune reports that the photo has been banned because the trapshooters are holding firearms: Big Lake High School trapshooting coach Rhonda Eckerdt says she learned Wednesday from the athletic director that the...

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National Review Highlights SEIU Fraud in PCA Election

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A personal-care attendant in Otter Tail County said she never voted for the union or agreed to join and have dues deducted. In the fall of 2015, however, she noticed that the SEIU had been skimming dues from her Medicaid funds. When she complained, the SEIU said it had her signed dues-deduction authorization card on file. ...

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Is Gustavus College’s “Fake News” Guide Reliable or Biased?

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Gustavus Adolphus is teaching students how to fight fake news. There is concern, though, that the college's library encourages students to trust media outlets from only one end of the political spectrum. According to Gustavus, the “fake news” guide helps students spot fake news, gives them tips on fact checking, and supplies a chart to tell them which news sources they should follow. But the “best” sources include some eyebrow-raising choices. While Gustavus’ library does admit “determining the ‘best’ sources to read will always have some degree of subjectivism,” its guide doesn’t give students much wiggle room to think for...

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Where have all the Liberals Gone? I found one!

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Here is Doug Berdie, a Minneapolis semi-retired marketing executive and researcher, in a common-sense plea to liberals in the Strib to liberals: “Think about the pre-election push for transgender bathroom rights. It’s as if someone had said: ‘I know, let’s find a demand that some will perceive as allowing invasions of privacy or even sexual advances against their young daughters and really push it right before an election.’”...

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A Voice of Reason But is Anyone on the Left Listening?

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It baffles many on the right why Democrats would double-down on a far left agenda that's decimated the party's stable of elected officials nationwide, including here. But a crack in the DFL's dam appeared over the weekend in a Star Tribune op-ed. A self-described lifelong liberal challenged the state's DFL political establishment to get back in touch with the rank and file that used to form the party's base. ...

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Out of touch? Franken and Klobuchar oppose Gorsuch while even the Star Tribune recommends confirmation

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The Star Tribune editorial headline, in another concession to sensibility and moderation, reads “Gorsuch has earned Senate confirmation,” but Minnesota’s two U.S. senators lurch further left as they announce they’ll vote “No” and ponder joining a Democrat filibuster.  Here is what the Star Tribune (and most of the country) sees in Judge Gorsuch and what Senators Franken and Klobuchar are apparently blind to: Based on his credentials alone, Judge Neil Gorsuch should have had a relatively easy path to confirmation as a Supreme Court justice. He is a well-regarded, deeply experienced jurist who has clerked for two Supreme Court justices, in...

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Students at Gustavus: White Lab Rats?

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Provocative posters were put up by a student group at Gustavus Adolphus College on Tuesday in “an effort to start a dialogue about diversity and immigration.” Except students didn’t know the posters, and their reactions to the posters, were part of a “social experiment.” And that didn't go over well. The signs said: “A notice to all white Americans. It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They are criminals. America is a white nation.”...

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St. Olaf Hate Threatens Conservative Students: At Least Two Leave School

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Anti-Trump hysteria has swept over St. Olaf College.  According to an article in Manitou Messenger, the student newspaper, many conservatives face a hostile environment and report they have been violently threatened because of their beliefs.  Consequently, these students “keep their heads down” in class, hid their political beliefs, and at least two are leaving the school because of such an ugly atmosphere on campus.  Drudge even picked up a story on the situation written by higher education news website The College Fix. In the Classroom “I’m fine being political with a one-on-one discussion,” Larson said, “but when everyone else is liberal in...

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A city-country mice divide in Minnesota? We don’t see it that way

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Less government, more freedom is good for rural and urban Minnesota. This op-ed appeared in the Star Tribune March 20, 2017. In “Bridging our city mouse/country mouse divide” (March 5), Dane Smith and Vernae Hasbargen of the liberal policy group Growth & Justice write that they “have witnessed far too much warfare between metro and rural mice. We are worried that it’s getting worse.” Smith and Hasbargen see a cultural divide between urban and rural Minnesotans. They diagnose “metro condescension” in the cities and “rural resentment” in Greater Minnesota. Some metropolitan progressives think “rural people are gullible hayseeds,” while some rural voters have...

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Charles Murray and High-End Collegiate Know-Nothings

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You likely have read reports in newspapers – or even better, seen video on television or the internet – of students at Middlebury College rioting recently because they didn’t want Charles Murray, one of the nation’s most brilliant and vital social scientists, to speak on their Vermont campus.  More than a routine collegiate slurring of the First Amendment, students (and whoever else) came very close to physically assaulting him, and did in fact send his faculty host to the hospital. I’m proud to say Charles is a friend.  I’m also proud to say that he’s not the only speaker at American...

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