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Not too long ago, I took a road trip with a friend and my daughter up around the North Shore. A nice weekend drive. My daughter, 9 at the time, was a pretty good road trip guru in training. She knew that you use the bathroom at every stop, you have snacks on the ready, you stay quiet during …

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Despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine, this pandemic persists, in part due to resistance to the vaccine. While I do not support vaccine mandates and believe in personal freedom of choice in health matters, it is important that people make sure they are basing their decisio…

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“Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot, we’ll weather the weather whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.” In his younger days my husband often took young boys on camping trips, and he composed this opening sentence as a warning to the boys that whatever the wea…

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Happy Constitution Week! The U.S. Constitution, which was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, is a highly discussed and debated document, but one gets the feeling that most people who do so have never taken the time to read the dang thing. I strongly, strongly urge you to spend a couple of hours with …

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Every migraine sufferer knows and understands the word “trigger.” Every trigger is different for every person. Mine happens to be scent. Anything from scented garbage bags to perfumes, air fresheners to candles. Smells I used to love. My own perfume – which I haven’t been able to wear in yea…

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The Vikings are off to a rough start in the preseason. It looks like another up-and-down year, and a long season for us hapless fans watching from our TV sets or in the stands at their Minneapolis stadium. 

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the idea of the Overton Window lately. It’s a simple concept, but it does a good job, in my opinion, of clarifying how people’s views of what are acceptable, normal or even possible can change over time. 

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I was so inspired by our editor’s recent take on coffee that I had to respond. I was introduced to that “beloved bean” by my mother when I was only five years old. She would place a rusk (definition follows) in a saucer, butter it, then pour steaming hot coffee and a little sugar over it. Th…

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Last year, so many Americans found new appreciation for the work farmers and ranchers do to hold our food supply chain together. And there is much more that we must do in Congress to make sure that this important work is supported.

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DID YOU KNOW there is one county in the State of Minnesota where graduating students in public and private schools get a two‑year free tuition to a community college? 

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OVER THE LONG Fourth of July holiday, people were getting out of town with a vengeance, traveling to their cabin, their favorite camping park, or visiting with friends and families.

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“The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it ...” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

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The Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA) was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate — and will benefit every member of this community! Unlike many issues in Washington, this legislation has bipartisan support and is focused on delivering benefits to …

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Earlier this month, I spent the Fourth of July with Minnesotans in Aurora, Gilbert, Ely, and Duluth. Across our state, we walked in parades, shared meals at picnics, and watched incredible fireworks --— celebrating the great American experiment in democracy as it entered its 245th year.

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Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President Gary Wertish praised President Joe Biden for signing an executive order that encourages more competition in the marketplace.

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The City Hall offices of the City of Pine City closed on March 18, 2020 as recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health, CDC and Governor’s orders. 

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On June 21, the Senate passed the State’s biennial Higher Education budget with overwhelming bipartisan support. The legislation provides crucial investments for the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The bill works to keep college affordable fo…

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“I should be dead!” How many times have we thought or said that in our lives? Close calls at an intersection, unwise choices in our youth, scary experiences; we’ve all had them. They touch the sensitive spots in our hearts. We rarely want to even go there in our thoughts. Yep, and that is wh…

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Trauma is an experience which completely overwhelms a person’s ability to cope, causing them to feel overwhelmed. Examples of events that might be traumatic include experiencing or witnessing abuse, natural disasters like floods or fires, and life-threatening situations like severe car accid…

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LIVING IN MINNESOTA where we have four seasons, spring brings about long lists of projects, home maintenance, gardening, and recreational toys that need service. With Covid-19 subsiding, people are recognizing they need some catch-up with their medical services, too.

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As I’m sure you’ve heard, there were two protests at Pine City High School last week to raise concerns about racism and bullying after a young Asian student’s family shared screenshots of the messages their child had been receiving. 

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An old dog and a puppy are the ultimate connection that all dog owners go through. Memories made and memories to be created are the reason we love them both so much. It’s that part of life we call change and we have to welcome it no matter what. But how much peace can you have with a puppy i…

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Following the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds on May 10, state officials announced that Minnesota is ready to begin vaccinating this age group this week.

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I recently had the fun job of taking photographs and writing a story about local greenhouses. I noticed I take a lot of close up photos and started to wonder what a greenhouse and the flowers mean in my world.

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Area bird watchers have spotted any number of winged wonders as the weather warms and flocks migrate north – including this Baltimore Oriole taking a break in a Pokegama Township yard. 

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Over the course of 45 years working with kids as a teacher, principal, and coach, I have experienced the proverbial “lump in the throat” on many occasions. It always happened when I spoke to a graduating class for the last time. Sometimes, it happened when a student or athlete performed extr…

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The Minnesota Senate, including Senator Jason Rarick, recently passed Senate File 1470. The legislation would create an orderly process for housing providers to handle residents who are deficient in their rent and restores basic property rights to housing providers whose renters meet minimum…

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I have a confession to make. I love Alaskan reality TV. These people are battling weather, hardship and animals – yes even bears – and they are thriving. When my life seems out of control, I grab the remote and watch. It encourages me to realize my troubles aren’t as bad as they seem. Maybe …

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Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970. The idea, developed by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, was inspired by student anti-war movements. Senator Nelson wanted to “infuse the energy of students” with a focus on the d…

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EASTER IS THE time Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Gene Peterson writes in his book, “The Message,” “The men said, ‘Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that h…

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