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Randy Carlsen


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October 15, 2014


Have you driven in downtown Minneapolis lately and checked out the progress of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium? Whether you are for or against a new stadium, a person has to be impressed with what is being built.

September 17, 2014

Editorial: Pets

First of all, I am not an animal hater. Also, I do realize there are people who value their pets as if they were their children. I get that. I can also understand why a person would take children to an event like Marigold Days.

October 22, 2014

Kettle Drive

I was told an interesting fact about the Salvation Army Kettle Drive which is held through the holiday season. One of the most notable locations for the kettle drive is Erdman's County Market where individuals, members of service organizations or churches sign up to cover a block of time to ring the bell.

October 15, 2014

New Store

For a minute, let's forget that Shopko Hometown is located in a former park. The store is simply located in Kasson, Minnesota.

September 24, 2014

Editorial: Humbling

A week ago Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing a patriotic event. As members of the Patriot Guard stood at attention bearing flags in front of the Mantorville home of Nancy Tobiason....

October 8, 2014

Editorial: Triplets

Each week throughout the school year the C.O. Brown Agency highlights a K-M senior by listing their activities, honors and post-secondary plans. They have been sponsors for the past 20 years and in all those years I have not run into a situation quite like this one.

September 17, 2014

Editorial: News Stories

Last week was a problem. There were more front page stories than the front page could handle. There were two ladies turning 100 within four days of each other and both at Prairie Meadows Senior Living.

October 8, 2014


We have become so technology driven that we can't walk or drive anywhere without a cell phone or an i-Pad. I see people sitting in restaurants typing away on computers, talking on phones in between bites.

October 22, 2014

Gas Prices

Last week I filled up for the first time in a long time since the price of unleaded fuel was under $3 a gallon. The price was $2.99, but it made me feel good about filling up, especially since one of the other pumps in the area was still above the $3 mark.











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October 1, 2014


I don't understand the DUI laws. Last week there was the sad case of a 57-year-old man who had a history of DUIs and did not have a valid driver's license for almost 30 years driving the wrong way and killing a young boy.

September 24, 2014

Editorial: Sports

Sports have not taken the headlines as the National Football League season gets underway. Unfortunately, however, the biggest headlines are sports related.

October 1, 2014

Editorial: Kometeer Revived

In this week's paper section you will notice a special page written, photographed and laid out by a group of students and adviser Lisa Goihl (KMHS language arts instructor) interested in starting a school paper.