I recently read an article about ordinances in some states that make annoying conduct illegal. Such ordinances have frequently been found unconstitutionally vague and, therefore, unenforceable. A least one Minnesota city had its “no loud music” ordinance found unenforceable because of vagueness.  Why should it be illegal and chargeable for teens to play loud rock [...]

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  In honor of National Volunteer Week, Ecumen North Branch held its annual Volunteer Dinner April 10. There were more than 50 volunteers who enjoyed dinner and entertainment. The theme was “Volunteers … Make A World of Difference! Ecumen North Branch would like to thank all of our volunteers for making a difference in the [...]

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Hundreds of people came to interact with their East Central Energy cooperative at Rush City High School April 12. The Pine County Dairy Princesses helped ECE employees serve the complimentary pancake breakfast to 925 members. The 78th annual meeting featured the ECE traditions of bingo and bucket truck rides, as well as the introduction of [...]

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Spring is a wet season, full of snowmelt and spring rain showers. We see puddles and streams running down roads and cutting through fields. This water that travels overland is called runoff. Runoff occurs when the ground is too saturated to allow water to infiltrate into the soil, so the excess water follows the contours [...]

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