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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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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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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…

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Are you ready for the finest in fall fashion? The haute couture for 2018 is being rolled out throughout department store aisles and fashion blogs.

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For those of us who are nearing or at the retirement age, there is a new phrase that is becoming more of a norm: “un-retirement.” According to a new survey by Home Instead Senior Care, more than half of those who are nearing retirement believe they will return to work.

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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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Nearly a decade ago, The New York Times, employing statistics from various state agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Census Bureau created an interactive web map to show the level of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) usage in every county in America. Her…

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At the May 22 regular business meeting, the Columbia Heights Public School Board of Education voted to place three separate capital building bond questions on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot. The School Board is in complete agreement that these requests are of need and not want, are factual and conf…

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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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Recently Education Secretary Betsy DeVos assembled a school safety commission that will explore the need to repeal guidance that helps schools discipline students without discriminating. Scrapping this tool for educators would be an unforgivable blunder that would actually make our schools m…

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Self-introductions are not my thing, but because my editor thought it would be a good idea to officially describe to readers who I am and where I’ve been, I reluctantly oblige.

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We all know that chemical dependency (alcohol and drug addiction) is a serious, sobering problem among teens and adults. What we don’t all know is that it’s also a serious concern among seniors. Grandmas and grandpas can become addicted just like people in other age groups.

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The parents of half of Minnesota’s kids say they’d welcome an adult mentor to help their children along the road to success; only about one in three has such a person available. Sadly, countless other young people – many on a failure track – are not on a waiting list of any sort and could us…

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We live in a society where money matters. People are ranked by income, power and status. But aging levels the playing field. Growing older reduces life to the basics and diminishes material, artificial and superficial distinctions and differences among people. As actress Jamie Lee Curtis onc…

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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.