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Elementary, junior high and high school are a lot different now than when I was in school. And I think that’s a good thing. I’m not going to harp on my education—I think I’ve been afforded an array of unique learning opportunities during my secondary and post-secondary experience—but during a patron tour of North Branch […]

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Abraham Lincoln is alive and well. It seems this is true, seeing the many books, periodicals, television specials and movie productions that are before us. In my new assignment as political editor for ECM Publishers, I just might try to gain an interview with America’s 16th president. I haven’t seen the movie yet but in […]

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Now that the election is over, look for some winners to have some pet projects. One place to watch is the city of Coon Rapids where the council is considering how many domestic animals a household can have. Right now, the limit is one dog and one cat. If a resident wants to keep more […]

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Let me start this column by noting I do not believe the world will end Dec. 21. I will now brace for the inevitable e-mails that will be sent to me from the doomsday believers. Goodness knows I’ve already started receiving the out-of-state press releases from groups claiming the Mayans have the date of the […]

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No matter what your position on the wars, we honor the warriors this National Veterans Awareness Week. Gone are the days, thank goodness, when warriors who returned from the Vietnam War were greeted shamefully. Now, communities across the state are organizing Beyond the Yellow Ribbon units, designed to organize their resources and to help military […]

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Rest in peace, raccoon, possum and skunk. My wife had never hit any living thing with her vehicle until we moved to east central Minnesota about two months ago. Since then, she’s sent a pair of critters to that big forest in the sky and ensured a third was thoroughly dead. The road kill rampage […]

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