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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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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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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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The Friendship Café is busy getting ready for our fifth annual Oktoberfest, to be held on Friday, Oct. 19. It will be a festive occasion as we dish up traditional German cuisine, listen and dance to old tyme music, enjoy a photo opportunity with friends, and win prizes in our fall basket raffle.

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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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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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The Minnesota House of Representatives, controlled by Republicans, is considering legislation that would make some low-income Medicaid enrollees work to get health insurance.

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We all grow old. Some of us grow up. There’s a difference. For some, growing old is mostly a matter of becoming increasingly worn-out and worn-down. But the best of us, not only become older, we become better – better human beings and better community members.

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I’ve dedicated 50 years of my professional life to editing and reporting the news, believing when readers have all the facts, they usually make the best decision. That’s what makes democracy work.

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Wayne Jennings is a godsend for families seeking a truly personalized, individualized education for their youngsters. As I think back over years of writing for ECM newspapers, I remember parents, students and grandparents who’ve contacted me from Anoka to Farmington, Little Falls to Caledoni…

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Every year nearly 1,000 food shelves, including churches, collect and provide food to feed the hungry in Minnesota.

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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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Last week I unveiled new bipartisan legislation that would make Minnesota the first state in the nation to nullify the existing “severe or pervasive” standard that sexual harassment cases must meet in order to be actionable in court.

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The Minnesota House, Monday, April 30, passed bipartisan tax legislation which aims to simplify Minnesota’s tax code and provide additional tax relief to middle-class Minnesotans. The legislation also delivers the first income tax rate cut for Minnesotans in nearly two decades by reducing th…

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Parents Maria Cisneros, John Merrow, Khulia Pringle and Heather Starks are on different sides of a major education debate at this year’s Minnesota Legislature. Minnesota Department of Education has prepared and is expanding descriptions of each public school.

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As the father of two boys growing up in the St. Michael-Albertville School District, I insist upon a secure environment. They should be protected. They should proceed with a rational expectation of safety. They should learn and play carefree, and certainly without worrying about a potential …

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Police chiefs in Minnesota are closely involved with their school administrators when it comes to keeping schools safe.

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Recent events throughout the nation involving social media threats against schools and other senseless acts of violence such as the incident in Broward County, Florida, have generated increased questions and concerns related to the safety of schools.

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My backyard sits next to a couple of small ponds. One is home to trumpeter swans every year, from early spring through late fall. They make a very distinctive sound when they sing – a very low-toned “whoa whoa” that indeed does sound like a trumpet. 

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My inbox has been inundated the past week with messages from area nonprofit organizations, expressing deep concern about the federal tax bill before Congress. If predictions hold true, sweeping tax reform will have passed by the time you read this.