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Behind dysfunctional government, is democracy itself in decay? It took only 250 years for democracy to disintegrate in ancient Athens. A wholly new form of government was invented there in which the people ruled themselves.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 5:52pm

General Educational Development (GED) students often share various reasons for why they decided to drop out of high school, but their reasons for reconnecting with adult basic education and earning a GED diploma return to a single focal point, which is planning for the future. When that plan include...

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 8:22pm

A misinformed reader and a frequent contributor to the Brainerd Dispatch, Rolf Westgard, once again made a series of serious errors about climate change.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 4:19pm

My parents taught me never to speak ill of the dead, but in the case of Fred Phelps, who died last week at the age of 84, I think they would have made an exception.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:12pm

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns of immediate dangers to humanity from global warming, including "heat waves, storms, droughts, and more intense flooding.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:59pm

Thirty years ago, I was single mom - raising my two kids and working full-time as a psychologist. And as any parent knows, raising two kids can be a full-time job on its own. And as I learned, parenting on a single income is even more challenging.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 6:37pm

THE HAGUE, March 24 (Reuters) - Following is the complete text of the G7 leaders statement after their meeting on Monday in The Hague, as published by the European Council. 1. We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the Europe...

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 4:26pm

Does our Constitution guarantee the freedom of religion, or does it merely allow a more limited freedom to worship? The difference is profound. Worship is an event. Religion is a way of life.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 5:42pm

Local property tax valuation and classification notices are currently being sent to all property owners in Crow Wing County. These notices inform citizens of the assessed value of their property as of Jan.

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 8:51pm

Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea is a direct challenge and long-term threat to the post-World War II international order for which the United States and our allies have made great sacrifices over the past seven decades.

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 5:59pm