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This month 75 years ago, atomic bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Later that year, the United Nations was formed to help the world formulate peace with justice, and I grew up learning how to get under my school desk when the Russians dropped the “Big One.” When coal no longer heated our …

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As indicated in this space last month, Aug. 8 marked the 45th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon at the height of the Watergate scandal that had been developing over the previous 26 months. It stemmed from the break-in of the Democratic national headquarters in the Wat…

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The late ’80s comedy movie “The ‘Burbs” was a quirky snapshot of a hyper-alert trio of neighbors who observed and discussed every movement within their cul de sac. They saw everything and felt a sense of responsibility to preserve their unique slice of suburbia. That ownership of neighborhoo…

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Nestled halfway between Memorial Day — the day we honor those who gave their lives for our country — and the Fourth of July, a jubilant celebration of our nation’s birth, is a little nondescript day called Flag Day.

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If there were a way to measure deflation in the human body, the best place to witness it might well be the license center. Doesn’t matter which one you choose, they’re all pretty much the same. Lots of gray carpet, earth-tone walls, and fluorescent lights to neutralize your emotions, I guess…

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When a child has an explosion in a diaper, few of us feel compelled to study that landmine. It’s a deposit that is best cleaned, wrapped into itself like a deflated football and thrown in an airtight canister to prevent further exposure to the public. Deal with it quickly, efficiently and do…

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A recent report by Education Minnesota laid out teachers’ views of what it would take to fully fund public education. Gov. Tim Walz has put forward a school budget proposal that would provide significantly more funding for the next two years than provided in past years.

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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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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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Now that Gov. Tim Walz and the 2019 Legislature have begun work, we believe their agenda must include correcting a serious breach of constitutional authority that includes an ill-conceived financial scheme. This 2018 legislation thwarts the will of Minnesota voters and compounds the costs of…

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As the administration of Gov. Tim Walz prepares to lead Minnesota for the next four years, the former congressman from Mankato will certainly face hurdles and challenges. One thing is certain for the new governor: Minnesota is much better off today than it was eight years ago.

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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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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…