Opinion

Ever wonder about the financial details of a government contract with a private business? You know, the details that force you to foot the bill for the project as a taxpayer? And what about the trickle down factor when the main contractor hires sub-contractors for major components of the job? Might you also be interested [...]

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Brainerd Lakes area flourishes with year round recreation BY DAVE PEDERSEN SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS   When searching for a local angle at last weekend’s Governor’s Fishing Opener media event in the Brainerd Lakes Area, I lured myself into the coverage. It was said a big reason why families take vacations is the memories last a [...]

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By Richard W. Stanek Hennepin County Sheriff   Throughout my career in law enforcement, whenever I had to put a juvenile into a squad car, the same questions crossed my mind — can anything be done to change the path this kid is taking? Or is it already too late? No child is destined at [...]

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By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS   At a time when people are starving and food shelves are begging for food, public school food waste from some area districts is being fed to pigs. School districts are paying farmers to feed waste food to pigs or to compost it. Districts know that if heavier food is [...]

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To the Editor:   I read with great interest the discussion and actions of the Maple Grove City Council regarding LeAnn Sargent. This is not the first time LeAnn Sargent has taken questionable actions. In the past, she has also been accused of not recusing herself from discussions that were potentially a conflict of interest [...]

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To the Editor:   Maple Grove City Councilor, LeAnn Sargent, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a gross misdemeanor for financial exploitation. The sentencing judge did no favors for the citizens of Maple Grove when he opted out of the felony charge. Meanwhile, the narcissistic behavior of Ms. Sargent is perpetual as she ignores the [...]

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We kicked off the 2014 session with news from Minnesota Management and Budget that our state had a budget surplus of $1.2 billion. We immediately used a significant portion of the surplus to pay back the school shift. Next, it was announced that Minnesota has fully recovered the jobs lost during the recession and unemployment [...]

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Three dollars every month added to our property tax? The Champlin Council says they can’t afford street lighting. Well, how many times have you drove by a baseball field with no one around but all the lights are on? A group or club that wants to play at night should have to reserve and pay [...]

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