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The Executive Board of Wild River Audubon thinks the Rush Lake Improvement Association’s (RLIA) plan to deposit 13½ tons of iron concentrate into Rush Lake in the coming months deserves closer scrutiny. The project, begun in 2009, is an attempt to control the level of phosphorus in the lake—phosphorus that originates from feedlots, farm run-off, [...]

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By Bob Barrett, Representative, Dist. 17B This week I presented important public safety legislation to the House Public Safety Committee that addresses the growing problem of synthetic drug production and use in Minnesota. As chief author of House File 2508, I have held long and fruitful discussions with local law enforcement agencies, the Minnesota Board [...]

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By Joe Nathan Both national and local talent is being used to help Minnesota students and families gain the benefits of video. That’s good news for students and a compliment to teachers who continue seeking new ways to help students learn more. Community Relations Coordinator/Grant Writer Pat Tepoorten of North Branch schools wrote, “We have [...]

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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 Derrick Knutson, associate editor Until recently, if someone had asked me what a come along winch was, I probably would have said, “Umm, a winch that comes along with you, even if you don’t want it to?” I now know it’s a devise used to remedy driving absentmindedness. Let me explain. Being quite the [...]

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By Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator This year I invited Kevin Kopischke, president of Alexandria Technical & Community College, to join me at the State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening. I believe his presence helps me highlight the importance of technical education for the future of America’s economy.  And, have no doubt, revitalizing the [...]

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