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It’s March, which means spring is almost here despite the mounds of snow outside! It also signals that we’re deep into session, the governor has put forth his budget request, and the House is busy hearing bills. See my update below and have a great weekend and enjoy the snow! As always, feel…

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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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The leaders of an encouraging, new Minnesota education organization range in age (and experience) from 18 to 75. Nevertheless, People for PSEO leaders agree that many more Minnesota students should know about and make use of Minnesota’s laws permitting high school students to challenge thems…

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“This is it!” That’s how Tuan Dinh, a 15-year-old 10th-grader in Bloomington, describes his reaction when he heard about the opportunity to take courses as a ninth-grader on the Normandale Community College campus. Conversations with students, parents and educators over two weeks in January …

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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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I get upset when I hear partisan political leaders imply that suburban residents oppose the state legislative policies favored by those living outside the Twin Cities.

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I’m grateful to return to the legislature and continue serving the people of Chisago County. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on ways to make health care more affordable, return the surplus taxes collected to the taxpayers, and focus on the shared priorities of all Minnesotans.

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In two the last two decades, mental health has come to the forefront of public consciousness. This is for a number of reasons: Our understanding and conversations about mental disorders have matured, various public figures have come out to speak frankly about their own struggles, and diagnos…

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I’ll be the first to admit, the daily grind can be a little overwhelming sometimes. Throw in something unwanted and unexpected on top of everything else — what those things could be are endless — to the point where stress and anxiety become a temporary emphasis. I’d even go as far to say tha…

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On Christmas day, my kids and I headed to my sister’s Stephanie’s house in Maple Grove. I grew up in Maple Grove, but I still managed to miss an exit. Every time I go there, something new is built and I don’t recognize my surroundings. My son Zach noticed a Brooklyn Park water tower and I sa…

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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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Ever since Gene Johnson was “clinically dead” for four minutes due to a sudden cardiac arrest, he is telling older, white men, in particular, how to avoid what he went through 16 years ago.

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“Feeling like you are sitting in a long, slow and often completely stopped traffic jam, going nowhere.” That’s the kind of frustration Dr. Julia Roberts, a Kentucky university professor, recently cited to help explain what many gifted and talented students feel as they sit in class.

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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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The National Association of Secondary School Principals is advising its members that a recent U.S. Surgeon General’s report has found that 1 in 5 adolescents will face a significant mental health condition during their school years.

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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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One of the most important things adults — families and educators — can do is help youngsters match their skills, talents and interests with good jobs. Of course, we want schools to do much more than help youngsters develop skills and knowledge for employment. But this is one of the most impo…

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First things first! Skol! and congratulations to Vikings Volleyball! With its big win over Greenway Saturday evening, the squad is heading back the state tournament. I hope you will consider joining us at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center to see t…