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Riders and taxpayers should not be misled by the news that the Northstar Commuter Rail line is declining slightly in ridership. While ridership the first 10 months has declined by 2.2 percent (13,215), the good news is that the operating fund has been under budget for all three years the train has been rolling down [...]

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By Hilda L. Solis On Labor Day 2012 and every day, one of my top priorities is to help those looking for work get the training they need for good-paying jobs. By 2020, 17 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations will require a postsecondary certificate or degree. In fact, employers are actively looking to fill nearly [...]

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By Bob Barrett, Rep. Dist. 17B  The economic news in St. Paul is increasingly optimistic. Earlier this week we unveiled a forward-looking and fiscally responsible plan that would pay off last year’s school shift and begin to pay back the $2 billion school shift that we inherited from the former DFL majority. As you may [...]

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A lot has been made recently of the increase in property tax bills to Chisago County residents and businesses.  Unfortunately, much of the commentary has been focused on who is to blame for these increases, instead of on what we in each level of government are doing to help our residents and businesses by keeping [...]

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By Don Heinzman, ECM editorialist— During these unsettled political times, public confidence in state and national lawmakers is down. The average person who really wants to get involved has one chance to change the country’s direction and its office holders, and that’s by attending their precinct caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 7 Changing the direction and [...]

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Local units of government have been getting a lot of complaints and a lot of advice from legislators lately, but maybe the advice should be going in the opposite direction. Like the state, local units, including Chisago County, have had to find ways to adjust to declining economic resources over the past few years, but [...]

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