The newsroom weighs in on this week's top five things they want to see happen locally or around the world

Let’s hear it for the private sector!

How about a little love for the private sector? Sure, when the winter weather turns really nasty, you’ll have some private sector businesses maybe close up shop a little early, but private sector businesses need revenue in order to keep the staff paid and the doors open, so it doesn’t pay to lock up the doors and shut off the lights when it’s really snowy and windy or just plain unreal cold, as it is today, Monday, Jan. 6. But the private sector never closes up because the governor mandates it, as is the case with all schools in Minnesota today. UMC announced Sunday night that campus would be closed today, too, and all sorts of other government agencies and public sector agencies are altering their schedules. But the private sector, i.e. the business world? For the most part, it’s business as usual.

Enough with these tired teams

A Minnesota sports fan has to wonder what the Twin Cities sports media would write about if they weren’t so obsessed with the energy levels of the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Timberwolves. How many games have they played over the past week? How many were road games? Are they playing back-to-back games on the road? Uh-oh, they’re going to be tired. If they lose, that’ll be the story they had dead legs and were lethargic because they’re so road-weary. And if they win, the story will be about how they overcame their exhaustion and willed themselves to victory. Enough! These are highly paid professional athletes who are fortunate enough to play a game as their career. They fly on planes, eat great food, stay in great hotels, and they don’t ever have to carry their luggage. They’ll survive.

Enough with this ‘polar vortex,’ who’s in for a weekend warmup?

Global warming. What is it? We have seen a lot of comments via social media as of late that simply ask, "Where is this global warming everyone is talking about?" Most people don't know that global warming is affecting the poles, causing it to push its cold air away and directly towards us. Well, isn't that just great. Here we are hoping to have warmer winter seasons, but seem to get the exact opposite. The majority of the country is in what is being called a "polar vortex," simply a giant swirl of frigid weather causing schools to close, events to be cancelled and a lot of angry car batteries. It seems never-ending for our area especially with the record lows. When will we be done with this, you ask? If meteorologists are even half reliable, this weekend will give everyone a much needed warm-up. Cheers to that!

Time for UMC women to make a statement

Despite the frigid temperatures, the University of Minnesota Crookston women's basketball team started the new year red hot with a pair of home wins Friday and Saturday over Upper Iowa and Winona State. That snapped a five-game losing streak and got the Golden Eagles back on track to getting the highest seed possible for the conference tournament. UMC has a crucial weekend coming up, though, going on the road to face the top team in the NSIC, Wayne State, and Augustana, another team in the top half of the conference. The Golden Eagles are 3-5 in the NSIC and would make a huge statement if they could knock off one of those teams. Super sophomores Katrina Moenkedick (16.2 points per game) and Alexa Thielman (15.8 ppg) are both in the top 15 in league scoring and are best basketball right now. Other players are making the most of their opportunities and playing their roles well. We hope head coach Mike Roysland and his Golden Eagles continue to ignore the bone-chilling air and stay on fire.

What’s your sign? Kids don’t know

A woman was celebrating her birthday around Christmas the other day, and she was reading her horoscope in the newspaper to see what kind of day she might be in store for. The horoscope writer gave her a five-star day – the best day a person can have – and five-star days are not uncommon when it’s your birthday. The woman’s daughter asked her what she was reading and she said, “The horoscope for Capricorn.” She might as well have been speaking in a foreign language, “What?” her daughter said. “You’re reading the what for what?” So the mom explained, briefly, astrology, people’s “signs” and how a horoscope attempts to make sense of it all. Before that conversation, the girl, very close to her teenage years, had never heard of astrology, signs or horoscopes. Now she has, and what she does with her new knowledge, or doesn’t, is up to her. Still, it points to the possibility that maybe this astrology stuff is becoming a lost art, and maybe it would be kind of fun to tell the kids about it.