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Published October 14 2013

Forum editorial: Grams’ service wins roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the life and service of former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams, R-Minn., who died last week at the age of 65. Grams, a former television newsman, got into politics in 1992 by winning a U.S. House seat. He later served one term in the U.S. Senate. Grams was among the most conservative candidates ever elected to the Senate from Minnesota. Always gracious and down to earth, he won fans even among those who disagreed with his politics. His personal touch among all Minnesotans he met defined his public service. A farm boy from Crown, he never forgot his roots.

LEAFY SPURGE: To political hardheads who insist the federal government shutdown is no big deal. In reality, millions of Americans are being hurt in many ways – some small, some not so small. For example, student trips to see the monuments in Washington, D.C., have either been canceled or constricted in focus. In some instances, students raised money and saved for months to finance a trip. It might not seem like a big deal to have a trip ruined, but to the students, the shutdown is having a negative impact. Multiply similar situations by thousands and you have some idea of impact of the shutdown on “small things.”

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