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Back in my working days, I really enjoyed my commitments as a full-time editor and manager. However, I also inherited the role of part-time office mom. I will confess that was not my favorite. I hated being the nagging voice about office etiquette, but sometimes it had to be done.

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After her fourth major back surgery and enough chronic pain to fell an elephant, it would have been easy for my wife to succumb to the preferred route of treatment: prescription painkillers. 

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A few months back, I was writing about fall fashion trends. According to Harper’s Bazaar, classic patterns such as herringbone and houndstooth were in. They even anticipated a return to 1980s fashion, with lots of leather and padded shoulders. While I have seen some thigh-high boots as they …

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Produce, protect, prepare. That is a simple trajectory many of us subconsciously follow in life. Our jobs allow us to be part of something that creates a product or a service, which in turn pays us a wage to sustain our way of life, protect our families and set us on a course of preparation …

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Trust is a powerful thing. Think about how many times a day you trust someone – many times a person you’ve never met – to protect you and keep you safe.

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When knee-high bushes that line the sidewalk to our home go up in flames, I’m blaming the Chinese.

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This month two men who changed the world for millions died within one sunset of each other: Stan Lee, the superhero creator, and Minnesota’s Richard Proudfit, the champion of malnourished children.

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Signs of fall are everywhere. The air is cooler, the animals are gathering food for winter, and the leaves are turning color and blanketing lawns. While we all seem to slow down this time of year, it’s actually the best time to do some annual lawn care to ensure a healthy lawn for next year.…

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Election Day 2018 is almost here. Hallelujah — the shouting, name-calling and the maddening “I’m so-and-so and I approved this message” will cease. I will gladly welcome back the commercials for pharmaceuticals and their endless list of potential side effects. We can again become Facebook fr…

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Sometimes it’s hard to feel like you can make a difference when you contemplate the issues that are affecting our environment and communities across the region, the country and the globe. But local action can truly make positive change that we can see and experience in our neighborhoods, our…

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August means many things. College students are already packing up and heading off to campus. Youngsters, moms and dads are filling shopping carts with markers, backpacks, notebooks and lunchboxes. We suffer a wistful sadness – just where did summer go?

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The lakes and streams in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District offer beauty, open space, and numerous recreation opportunities. But because many of the lakes and streams in our watershed receive stormwater runoff from both urban and agricultural land, the water can sometimes harbor harmful …

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After 23 days and 7,600 miles on the road in two separate trips so far this year, I can attest that Dorothy was absolutely right: There is no place like home.

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Have you ever hurt someone you care about with a harsh word? Perhaps you made a big mistake at work and you dreaded the moment it was discovered? Did you ever make a negative assumption about a person or people because of skin color, dress, age or any other observation? Yes, yes and yes.

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One of the reasons Minnehaha Creek Watershed District was formed in 1967 was to respond to devastating flooding along Minnehaha Creek and Lake Minnetonka. The first order of business of the newly-formed district was to build an adjustable dam at the headwaters of the creek, where it flows ou…

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In this land of four seasons, I always look forward to change. Now I am ready to hear the birds singing, see buds swelling on tree branches and watch refreshing rains that wash away the salt and grit from the landscape.

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State officials, Gov. Mark Dayton, Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach, DFLers and Republicans announced a bipartisan plan March 13 to address serious issues that have existed in residential care facilities for the elderly.

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After Peggy Hiestand-Harri’s mom retired, she planned to spend her time like a lot of Minnesotans do – with her kids and grandkids. And also like a lot of Minnesotans in their golden years, she got by on a fixed income.

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President Donald Trump recently signed a Russian sanctions bill into law -- and in doing so, narrowly avoided an economic catastrophe. Thanks to modifications to the bill’s language by the House, Americans can rest easy knowing their economic future is protected.

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The new school year has started, placing renewed attention by the business community to attracting and retaining qualified employees. We view Minnesota’s talented workforce as the secret sauce that drives the economy. It’s at the foundation of making Minnesota ready for the future – ready fo…

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The Minnesota State Fair begun this week. People from every corner of Minnesota are coming together to celebrate the very best of our state. During these troubled times in our country, the State Fair reminds us that there is much more that unites us than divides us. It truly is the “Great Mi…

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This is the fourth installment in an editorial series called The Changing Face of Minnesota. This year, the ECM Publishers Editorial Board is examining demographic changes and disparities in Minnesota that center around race, wealth, age, region and employment.

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We welcome the recent public debate that has raised questions about the governance structure of the Metropolitan Council. We agree that membership through a partisan gubernatorial appointment process has led to suspicions and ever growing concerns with the lack of trust and credibility betwe…