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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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I often write here about how strong the quality of life is in Rosemount. Of course, you’d expect to hear that from the mayor. So it’s gratifying when an independent source says the same thing. Good news came again this month.

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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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Gov. Tim Walz was clear when he asked me to be the chair of the Metropolitan Council – he wanted a mayor for the job. A mayor has a good perspective on the work of the Met Council. Whether planning for economic development opportunities and growth, ensuring diverse and adequate housing optio…

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The strain of the recent federal government shutdown highlighted a critical truth that faces most Americans: many people are only a paycheck away from financial hardship and instability. This is a reality that 360 Communities sees daily. We exist to help people in their moment of crisis and …

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The Star Tribune recently ran an opinion piece by James Lefestey, who advocated for an increase in the gas tax to finance infrastructure improvements and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but cautioned lawmakers to keep rural Minnesotans in mind when crafting this policy.

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As a former teacher, principal and coach, I know how important it is for parents, kids and teachers to feel safe at school. Under tight budget constraints, schools are wrestling with an increasing list of demands for security upgrades, training teachers to identify and work with students str…

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Looking back on this year, 2018 will no doubt be a record year for The Open Door. Our volunteers and staff are on track to make fresh and healthy food available to nearly 30 percent more of our neighbors than ever before. Through our combination of innovative programs, we fed more than 6,000…

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The end of the year and the start of a new one is always a time of transition in our lives. And the same is true in the life of our city. This year, it’s especially a time of transition for the Rosemount City Council.

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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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As the year comes to a close, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for our Apple Valley community. The city of Apple Valley people, Senior Center, school district, Chamber of Commerce and businesses have a spirit of welcoming kindness that make you feel that you belong to something ex…

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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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It’s the season to be thankful for all the blessings in life. And for me, a big part of that is being thankful that I live in Rosemount, and come in contact with so many people doing good work for the community in so many ways.

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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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Our Apple Valley Police Department is very important for all of us. If you have not thanked an Apple Valley Police officer recently, I encourage you to do so. While we do not hear much about crime in Apple Valley, the officers are busy. For our safety and comfort the officers potentially put…

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Civic engagement is an essential part of the college experience. As interim president, I am proud of the engagement students at Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College have shown. As Election Day approaches, our student senates are leading Get Out the Vote efforts t…

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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…