don heinzman

While stories on questionable judgment and the conduct of priests in the archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul dominate the media, the positive message of Pope Francis is energizing many Catholic Church members. Across the Metropolitan area, Pope Francis’ emphasis on having a welcoming, inclusive, forgiving and loving church is being received well by suburban [...]

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The season for grade-school tackle football turns our attention to the value of that sport and the subject of concussions. Chances are that most kids grades two through eight playing tackle football won’t suffer a concussion, but the number of such cases is rising. One national study suggests that 90 percent of grade-school players will [...]

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There’s a big juggling act going on in our suburban communities as parents try to balance their kids’ sports participation with other important family activities. This is particularly the case with parents who have youngsters who play tournaments on weekends. Often parents are forced to choose between either having their kids play ball all-day Sunday [...]

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When Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety Ramona Dohman was asked her No. 1 wish to make Minnesota safer, she quickly answered: Call 911 right away when you see anything or anyone suspicious, and call at any hour of any day. Police chiefs in our suburban communities agree. Don’t hesitate to call when you see anything [...]

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With gun purchases and requests for gun permits at record levels, it’s no surprise to learn that one of the fastest-growing high school sports in Minnesota is trap shooting. In just four years, this sport has grown from 30 to more than 3,400 male and female shooters from sixth through 12th grades and from three [...]

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A concern is simmering over the federal school lunch requirements aimed at preventing children from becoming overweight (excess weight in general) and obese (excess fat). To be reimbursed by the government, school lunch directors must follow a menu that has more fruits and vegetables and smaller portions of meat, breads and dinner rolls. All breads [...]

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