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Our area has been dealing with the contentious issue of high-speed rail. We're situated halfway between the Twin Cities and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and there's talk of constructing a high-speed train to run between both communities. It would not benefit my town at all.

We’ve always taken the position that the letters to the editor “belongs” to our readers in that it is their space in the newspaper to discuss issues that concern them. We have pretty much run everything received with very few limitations: word count, libel issues etc. We’ve gotten some prett…

Recently we’ve gotten a few letters to the editors that are just quotes, and no original thoughts by the letter writer. I am wondering, what is your policy on that? Do you let them run or ask your letter writers to add at least a few original thoughts? My reasoning is that we have other lett…

I received a letter to the editor from a woman complaining about the mask policy at a local non-profit thrift store. The letter writer said the clerk would not let her shop in the store because she wasn't wearing a mask, but she had a doctor's note saying she is unable to wear a mask for med…