Opinion

There I was on Sunday, sitting on a tarp in the middle of our backyard, scooping up landscaping rocks by the handful and placing them in a 5-gallon bucket. I never thought I’d be one of those people doing seemingly nutty things for his dog, but that mindset went by the wayside when I realized [...]

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To the editor It has come to my attention that Tiller Corporation has submitted a request to the City of North Branch to alter the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that they are operating under. It seems they wish to sell to another company, Lansing Trade Group, and their current CUP and variance expires when Tiller [...]

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To the editor The recent negative attacks against Congressman Rick Nolan are outrageous (and according to many fact checkers misleading and false as well). Rep. Nolan voted for a $4 billion increase in defense department spending. Also, the accusation that he is “soft on terror” is absolutely wrong. He says that we don’t need “boots [...]

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To the editor Since when is it OK for a train to completely block an intersection for 15 plus minutes, leaving 21 homes, including one group home, inaccessible to police, ambulance and fire crews? I was unable to gain access to Highway 61 from my home Friday morning, as the train servicing the Tiller frac [...]

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To the editor Not long after mayoral candidate Theresa Furman was reelected to the North Branch City Council in 2012, she and new councilor Joyce Borchardt began working with Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan about disbanding the award-winning North Branch Police Department and contracting with the Sheriff’s Department for North Branch Police services. Because of [...]

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To the editor The Farm Market Bill that Rep. Barrett carried this session along with Senator Lourey in the Senate is a good bill. Unfortunately, what’s becoming Rep. Barrett’s calling card is breaking the law, skirting the law or breaking the rules. That’s what he’s done with the Farmer’s Market Bill. His landlords are Greg [...]

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