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Minnesota farmer suing the state charged after products test high for THC
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Rescuing a raptor: Neighbors, volunteers return eaglet to nest
Dokken: Read and heed aquatic nuisance species and aquatic invasive species laws — everywhere you travel
Trolling for the Troops thanks veterans for their service
Myers: In praise of the 17-inch walleye
Outdoor Traditions Magazine
Horns are growing on young people's skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests
Police called it a meth-fueled attack squirrel. An Alabama fugitive says it's his beloved pet.
'Play for Patrick' screenings slated Thursday at Eagle View
Lost Italian: Delicious and nutritious, celebrate our agricultural superfood with Edamame Pesto
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'This Is It': Scotty McCreery to take Lakes Jam stage June 28
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Lawsuit: Carrie Underwood, NFL stole 'Sunday Night Football' theme
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This Was Brainerd - June 20
Nisswa Lions event raises $19,000 to fight diabetes. White Cane Drive is June 22
Explore Music! kids camp opens registration
This Was Brainerd - June 19
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January 28, 2019
Reader Opinion: Three Weeks to Go
The government is open, for now. This gives the voters another chance to get their message to Congress. Can we agree on some things? That the shutdown hurt us all? That fearing for the welfare of our neighbors and ourselves felt more positive than fearing our neighbors? Can we agree...
January 28, 2019 - 8:30am
October 29, 2018
Reader Opinion: Not your daddy's party anymore
Right up there with death and taxes, nothing is more predictable than change. In the case of politics, it is inevitable in every party. But never have I seen the scope of changes that have affected the Democratic party in such a short period of time. For those of you who remember...
October 29, 2018 - 5:30pm
October 20, 2018
Reader Opinion: Vote Nevin for Crosslake mayor
Remember "I was for it before I was against it"? Norgaard/Schrupp publicly favored bringing back the old PZ department. They've said the new PZ department works well. Hard to believe anyone would want to go backward when current staff has 99 percent approval ratings. County/Crosslake...
October 20, 2018 - 11:03am
September 22, 2018
Reader Opinion: Elect Pickar for sheriff
I was a police officer for 22 years and retired as a Crow Wing County deputy. I had the opportunity to work with Pat Pickar and I can say that his professionalism and dedication to the community were unmatched. If I dialed 911 there would be no other cop in Crow Wing County I would...
September 22, 2018 - 9:30am
Reader Opinion: The rush to confirm is wrong
Many years ago in Crow Wing County, we had a county attorney who did not understand what sexual harassment was. He did not understand women had the right and willingness to reject his behavior, to speak out about his overtures of a sexual nature that were inappropriate and despicable....
September 22, 2018 - 6:30am
September 21, 2018
Reader Opinion: Here’s the big deal about marijuana use
Marijuana - what’s the big deal? I feel duty-bound to share a disturbing trend I’m seeing with marijuana use among our high school students. These kids come from every type of home - geeks, jocks, burnouts and even the brainiacs. These aren’t kids from troubled homes either;...
September 21, 2018 - 2:30am
March 31, 2017
Letter: Minnesota bill makes election data transparent
ST. PAUL—Public trust and confidence in our elections can only be attained if all election data is made available to citizens for inspection...
March 31, 2017 - 6:45am
March 30, 2017
Minnesota lawmakers: A bipartisan proposal to fight opioid abuse
ST. PAUL—Minnesota, like most states, is facing an opioid crisis. In 2016, Minnesota had a 20 percent increase over 2015 in opioid-related deaths. Hennepin County alone saw a 36 percent increase. To fully understand the rising rates of death, overdose and abuse, it's important...
March 30, 2017 - 10:02am
February 15, 2017
Letter: Travel ban hurts hiring of summer-camp Concordia Language Villages staff
Every summer, 20,000 young adults from around the world serve as camp counselors in thousands of camps across the United States. International...
February 15, 2017 - 1:23pm
January 26, 2016
READER OPINION: Write us a letter or send us an email
The Brainerd Dispatch welcomes letters on recent articles and current issues. All letters should include the writer's full name, city and a phone number (for verification only). Letters (Reader Opinions) are limited to 300 words. Only one letter - per person - per week.Letters...
January 26, 2016 - 12:18pm
December 31, 2015
Our Opinion: New rules for reader submission
The ability of people to freely express opinion is part of the foundation of the country, and the Brainerd Dispatch has always valued printing the opinions of its readers. However, over the past several years, the rules of our Opinion Page have become unclear and, in some cases, lax....
December 31, 2015 - 10:29pm
August 6, 2014
Last letters on primary published Friday
Friday will be the last day letters pertaining to the Aug. 12 primary will be published in the Dispatch. The purpose of cutting off letters on the primary is to avoid any last-minute charges being brought up without allowing a chance for corrections or clarifications. Endorsement...
August 6, 2014 - 6:56pm