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Why are many Minnesota kids still at risk of HPV?

The vaccine against common strains of human papilloma virus — Gardasil, above, or Cervarix — is recommended for boys and girls ages 11 or 12, as well as for unvaccinated teens and young adults. “Since the vaccine was first recommended in 2006, there has been a 56 percent reduction in vaccine type HPV infections among teen girls in the U.S., even with very low HPV vaccination rates,’’ the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Parents, providers are missing a key chance to prevent cancer.

Arnie's Army was big in Minnesota

Arnold Palmer, “The King,” died Sunday in Pittsburgh at age 87. His loss will be felt in Minnesota, which by Golf magazine’s measure is home to more golfers per capita than any other and has, by one count, 584 golf courses.

Palmer's passing comes as golf could use a revival.


North Korea

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St. Cloud's cohesive spirit shines through
Lori Sturdevant

In the week after a man stabbed 10 people at a mall, this city's remarkable calm reflected years of community bridge-building.

What is deserved for a sex offender?
D.J. Tice

The Heinrich confession and a case with an offender less vile raise the question anew.


Taking a grand tour of Planet Earth from 36,000 feet

For free in-flight entertainment, I'll keep the window shade up.


Heads up! Here's your guide to political lingo

In time for a new administration, you'll want to know the term for pundits who look like cadavers after not removing TV makeup.


Counterpoint: Solar and wind are viable, not just 'feel-good' climate solutions

And to protect the world's poor, stop carbon pollution immediately, don't "wait and see."


Readers Write (Sept. 27): Michelle Obama and George W. Bush, Allina strike, 'apology tour,' Alondra Cano, floods, professionals of color

Photo of a hug brings home the point of simple decency.


PolitiFact: Clinton charge against Trump not clear-cut

At issue is a three-year-old donation to an attorney general whose office was considering an investigation of his "sham university."


Helping Minnesota's 'unrentables' overcome troubled pasts

Give landlords the tools to make good decisions about applicants.


Counterpoint: The political contrasts couldn't be more obvious

Some Democrats look at the polls and think it'll be OK to sit out this election. But the polls are tightening. We need to get out and vote.


Clinton, Trump need to explain how they'd fight terror

So far we've heard about resolve and revenge, but few details.


Readers Write (Sept. 26): U.S. Bank Stadium vs. Lambeau Field, presidential debate, BWCA trail, white-collar crime

The visitor's tour experience, well, just doesn't compare.


Federal Reserve struggles to find the path forward

Central bank would be helped by sound U.S. economic policy.


The Secret History of the Commission on Presidential Debates

With the two major party nominees -- and no one else -- about to square off, it's time to revisit the thrilling misadventures that guaranteed voters would never learn about alternative candidates or ideas.


St. Cloud's cohesive spirit shines through

In the week after a man stabbed 10 people at a mall, this city's remarkable calm reflected years of community bridge-building.


Trump's crush on Russia, Putin deserves scrutiny

Voters must know more about candidate's possible financial ties.