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"In the end, I think it’s because they understand a simple thing: There’s no United States without democracy, no democracy without politics, and no politics without people willing to become politicians," writes Lee Hamilton.
"After a couple of years of celebrating apart because of the pandemic, and also for having just lived through another rancorous national election, we all could use the joy and hope and anticipation that is promised us in Christmas, in the birth of a mighty little king born in a manger."
Katie Pinke looks at the positive impact of 4-H on youth.
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Even a pastor needs divine reassurance every once in a while.
"The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to ensuring that all Minnesota Veterans — regardless of era, age or location — receive the benefits they are earned. We also are honored to recognize our veterans through the official state of Minnesota Veterans Day program each year," writes Larry Herke, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.
"Native people are not in the past, we are in the present and we are in the future. Here’s a story we are making."
Jenny Schlecht reflects on the little irritants on a farm, like the dust from pushing cattle or unloading corn and how it can affect parts of day-to-day life.
"(I)n the Lutheran tradition ... We believe all believers are one big collection of saints, and we especially are grateful for those saints who precede us in death and now guide us from the other side of eternity. The observance of All Saints Sunday is a venerable tradition that can evoke a lot of emotion."
"On the whole, Americans want commonsense approaches to resolving our problems. Even on tough issues like immigration and police reform, there’s common ground. The challenge our leaders face is to agree to inhabit it," writes Lee Hamilton

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Katie Pinke shares four key takeaways from Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce's banquet for each community and county to celebrate agriculture.
Three insects are determined to make their way inside our house: boxelder bugs, Asian lady beetles and stripey flies.
Devlyn Brooks writes: "Having the privilege of participating in discussing how complicated these young peoples’ lives are today, we had it easy. These kids face daily pressures and circumstances that force them to grow up way faster than previous generations."

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