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Censorship. It’s a big, bad word and for good reason. It can warp perspectives and damage public debate. However, it’s also a scarecrow that is waved when a writer may feel unjustly criticized.

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When it comes to Christopher Columbus, he indeed landed in the Bahamas on Oct. 12, 1492, in the first documented arrival of Europeans to North American soil.

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Flashes of red, white and blue sparks soar through the dark sky, each one more spectacular than the last. Fireworks have always been symbolic of when America finalized its freedom from England, but the history of these loud, colorful sparks that always evoke some “oohs” and “aahs” reaches mu…

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Consider how you would write this story: A crowd of about 200 young people gathers in a county park, and the local sheriff’s office gets reports of unruly behavior. When deputies arrive, they see multiple fights and unsuccessfully attempt to disperse the crowd by asking the group to leave an…

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As people across the country stay at home to keep themselves and their families safe in the midst of this pandemic, being connected to the outside world is especially important. With schools and businesses closed, kids have been learning from home, parents have been working and searching for…

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When Minneapolis was burning, buildings were being looted, peaceful protesters filled streets and emotions were understandably off the charts after the killing of George Floyd, one man offered calm. Standing behind an Emergency Operations Center press conference podium as weary-eyed reporter…

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The next time you snack on almonds, add blueberries to your smoothie or eat pumpkin pie, thank a pollinator and thank farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners who work hard to create and maintain their habitat.

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The news last week that Quaker decided to retire the Aunt Jemima syrup brand sparked a quick and heated conversation on social media. While many declared the move positive on face-value, others dug into the history of the models who portrayed her, and still others posed some version of the q…

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This is part of a series of monthly columns by local water experts. These columns on local rivers and land use are a collaboration between the League of Women Voters Upper Mississippi River Region and other environmental groups in Anoka County. Learn more about the league at lwvumrr.org.

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Temperatures hit 90 degrees in the metro area June 1, making it clear that summer is finally here! Whether or not you have plans to go to the beach or lounge by the pool this summer, consider some of these fun beach reads to give yourself a mental vacation. Whatever you read, we encourage yo…

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Last summer I harvested some ridiculously leafy and large pineapple sage that had gone rogue in my vegetable garden. As I was pruning the stems in my kitchen, a large spider plopped out of the leaves and landed on my cutting board. Normally I am a calm person who loves bugs and spiders, but …

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For several years, the Anoka County Historical Society had an exhibit called, “Farms to Flamingos: Building a Mid-Century Modern County.” This display showcased the post-WWII housing boom that created what we know today as the suburbs, as well as that idyllic time in history when neighborhoo…

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Suburban, rural and urban Minnesota youngsters are pleading for what they’ve earned. They worked at restaurants, nursing homes, sporting goods stores, etc. and then were laid off or had to leave because of COVID-19. Yet although they’ve paid into the unemployment insurance system, a bizarre …

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I am a black woman. A mother and a wife. I was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, as the only girl with my three brothers in the ‘60s. We grew up knowing racism.

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For many people, coloring served as the first introduction to how art impacts our world. Whether on plain paper or in coloring books, children experiment with mixing, outlining and blending to create what they see in their mind’s eye. For some lucky ones, the colors of the rainbow follow the…

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Class of 2020: I know this is not the Senior Spring that you imagined even just a few short months ago. While the pomp and circumstance of graduation has been replaced virtual ceremonies and celebrations, please know that as you embark on your next chapters into an uncertain world, you are n…

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Coming of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s was fraught with challenges. Protests raged across the nation because of the unpopular war. Riots tore through our cities over racial inequities. College campuses roiled in discontent. Destruction was everywhere, it seemed. We mourned the death…

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The death of George Floyd should not be a sound bite. It should not be used as a political windmill to explain why racial issues must finally be rectified, but then left in the dust as life moves on. And it should not be an excuse to loot, defame or burn buildings to the ground.

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This is the first is a series of monthly columns by local water experts. These columns on local rivers and land use are a collaboration between the League of Women Voters Upper Mississippi River Region and other environmental groups in Anoka County. Learn more about the League of Women Voter…