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Every time I hear some commentator or weather person call suburban communities “burbs,” I want to throw up. These are real honest-to-goodness communities, not some amorphous blob. I can’t find “burb” in the dictionary. It probably just comes from “suburb,” which is bad enough, because that says we are sub-urban – subject to the urban, [...]

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by matthew hankey Sun sailor Newspapers   Last month, one of my wife’s aunts said she was looking forward to reading my Father’s Day column. I smiled and thought, “That’s interesting. I didn’t know I was writing such a column, but I thank you for the suggestion.” Now that I think about it, her comment [...]

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I can remember a certain January morning like it was yesterday. I was upstairs, just having picked up a blue and white stick, and I was in disbelief. I called my husband’s name to see where he was in the house. He responded from down in the living room and I made the quickest trip [...]

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By Sen. Warren Limmer Guest Columnist   “Today is a good day for Minnesota,” said State Senator Warren Limmer.  “We have an improved state budget forecast. The February forecast released this morning at the Capitol shows a projected fiscal year 2014-15 budget deficit of $627 million. This is an improvement of $463 million from the [...]

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Rep. Joyce Peppin Guest Columnist   State Representative Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, responded Feb. 28 to the positive economic news revealed in the February budget forecast. For the fourth budget cycle in a row, Minnesota has a surplus, this one amounting to $295 million. In addition, a projected $4.4 billion deficit for 2014-15 has been significantly [...]

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By Jennifer DeJournett   Like many residents of the north metro area, my family and I have long enjoyed the recreational opportunities offered at Elm Creek Park Reserve.  I recently had the chance to tour the facilities at Elm Creek, and I wanted to share a “behind the scenes” peek at snowmaking in the park. [...]

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Good intentions but no price tag and too many priorities. That’s how I’d describe a new national Equity and Excellence Commission report. Here’s a brief summary of the report and a few reactions. Several years ago, Congress created a 27-member group that included two national teachers union presidents, college faculty, several lawyers and directors of [...]

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