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Importance of newspapers
What if there were no newspapers? During Minnesota Newspaper Week, Aug. 13-19, you might see this type of question asked in various ways. Some newspapers are making a point about the importance of newspapers by printing nothing on the front page this week. This "Whiteout" is part of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary.
"The Whiteout reminds Minnesotans of the important role that newspapers play, writing the first draft of history and telling the stories of their communities," the Association says.
You might not find all the news you need or want online. By reading newspapers, you get more informed and you help celebrate a very important freedom. According to the Minnesota Newspaper Association, Gov. Mark Dayton issued a proclamation saying, "Freedom of the Press promotes a well-informed constituency, improves public policy, increases responsiveness and accountability, and enhances public confidence in governmental institutions."
During eclipse, protect eyes
Staring at the eclipse on Aug. 21 risks damaging your eyes permanently. If you plan to use special viewing glasses, NASA recommends making sure they are designated ISO 12312-2 international standard.
Would that be morally OK?
You have a right to protest. Do you have a right to violently protest? Recent violence in Charlottesville, Va. ended up killing someone, and now a suspect is facing a murder charge. What can our leaders do to help prevent this from happening again?
Dubious weather recap
Rain came last week! From Wednesday to Friday, Aug. 9-11, 1.85 inches were recorded. The highs and lows last week were: 75-59, 80-54, 82-59, 67-59, 73-56, 77-52, and 78-51.
Thanks for the tip
Thanks, Brenda Lenz, for suggesting a story about the pool players at the Buffalo Community Center. Some are in their 80s and 90s, and one of them is 100 years old. See their "B" Section feature page story.