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I hope you had a happy and safe holiday celebration. I am thankful we bring in a New Year and new legislative session with Minnesota in a much stronger financial position than the previous biennium. We will start the 2015 session with a structurally balanced budget, a $1.037 billion surplus, our deb...Read More
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By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS During this past year, I’ve written columns that featured special people who bettered other people’s lives. So here are my nominees of the special people I wrote about. I enjoyed telling the story of ‘Hero’ the golden Labrador, one of two in the country that co...Read More
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By Alisa Reckinger Guest Columnist Each year, many of us resolve to lose weight, floss more and better ourselves in some way. This year, why not resolve to be kinder and gentler to our planet? You may find it’s much easier (and more sustainable) than other resolutions you might make. According to ...Read More
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By Joe Bowen Sun Post Newspapers I’m not one to mince words: I enjoy receiving gifts. It’s a line I’ve toed for years and one I stand by to this day. Presents are awesome! Why, just the other day, I received a gift in the mail that I apparently bought myself several days prior on [...]...Read More
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By Santa Claus GUEST COLUMNIST Usually, and especially during this time of the year, I don’t really do anything like this. I mean, this week in particular is crunch time, all the time, what with prepping my inventory and sleigh for stopping at millions of houses over the course of a single night. ...Read More
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By Peggy Bakken Sun Newspapers Shoppers seem buoyant this holiday season. Spending for Christmas presents is up. The price of gasoline sits around $2.50. Friday’s jobs reports showed that the economy continues to grow. The unemployment rate here in the Twin Cities is 3.9 percent, the best of any m...Read More
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Boys lagging when it comes to motivation in classroom By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS A Stillwater school superintendent is asking a big question: Why do high school girls do better in the classroom than high school boys? Tom Nelson, who has been a superintendent for 20 years, recently wrote a guest ...Read More
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By Alisa Reckinger Guest Columnist We always talk about waste management’s three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. For small appliances, such as blenders, coffee makers, toasters, and curling irons, let’s add a fourth R: repair. Repair Tips Small appliances that are not working often need minor rep...Read More
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