There are a few rural economic development demands more pressing than expanding high-speed internet service. Efforts to meet those demands are highly promoted and financed by federal, state, and local officials. High-speed internet services are critical in so many ways in today’s technology-driven world. It is essential to industries connected to worldwide markets, suppliers, and […]
Long ago, we read a novel whose story took place in the far future where nearly every job had been automated through artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced robotics. Machines manufactured and fixed every part and piece that sustained the worlds within the galaxy. Then the machines started to break down. No one knew how to
Every subscriber is precious to a newspaper. For this reason, it is essential that the U.S. Postal Service deliver our newspapers on time every week. But, like so many other businesses, the Postal Services is letting us down with increasing frequency. Our staff has been taking the heat, at times abuse, for the poor performance
Having lived in Morris for nearly 17 years now, I have learned much about the people here. For the most part, they are strong and determined, and they take much pride in their work and families. But above all, Morris residents have a quiet but intense sense of justice, so if they are wronged, they
Rural Minnesota has an asset it needs to do a better job of marketing as we try to keep current residents and attract new ones. It is an asset that we can use to draw workers and college students out of the metropolitan areas to small towns. Nature. In our rural communities we are never
I have friends in the West Bank, Palestinian Territory. They’ve shared stories of living under the oppressive Israeli-occupation. The West Bank, by international law, is Palestinian territory. Yet, for years, Israel has been building illegal “settlements” there. 750,000 Israelis now live there illegally. Over decades, thousands of Palestinians have fled and been displaced. Every day, Palestinians experience violence
Donnelly City Council rebuttal to Stevens County Times Oct. 16, 2023 story. Katie Erdman of the Stevens County times had requested City Clerk Sarah Koning to record the city council meeting minutes when she was not able to attend. Then would like Clerk Koning to review and approve the “story” before it would be posted.
An ignorant electorate is a dangerous one. It is ripe for being misled, fooled, and taken advantage of by those in power. American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson saw a real danger in the general population becoming disengaged from what their leaders were up to and where that could inevitably lead. “If once they become inattentive
Frightening is a word that quickly comes to mind when those who have worked closely with the development of artificial intelligence (AI) consider how it can be subverted. It is frightening in its capacity to deceive, its impact on jobs, and its availability to individuals, groups, and countries that would abuse it for financial gain.
With a wintery chill sinking over Minnesota, the days when we can enjoy outdoor activities are fading quickly. It means when we gather with friends, it will be inside, whether in their homes, out for a meal, in high school gymnasiums, or at the local tavern for a cocktail. With those closer encounters, the chances