We strongly favor being hopeful for the future even though there are times when it’s difficult to find it in the day’s news.

One in seven Minnesota drivers has a drunk driving conviction on their record. That seems low, judging by this press release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, which details the folks the police were meeting on the roads over the holiday weekend. Read more

‘Sometimes I sit back and I have to escape from what I see and hear every day,’ Sandra Parks wrote a couple of years ago in an award-winning sixth-grade essay. ‘I put my headphones on and let the music take me away, move to the beat, and try to think about life and what everything means.’

She was shot and killed Monday night. Read more