Howard Lestrud

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series on bipartisanship. Most politicians are guilty as charged, guilty of over using the words bipartisan and bipartisanship. During most election campaigns, whether it’s for city council, county board, state house, state senate, governor, U.S. house, U.S. senator or president of the United States, we will [...]

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As we look at the makeup of the new Minnesota Legislature, we see the gender representation almost equal in the House and the Senate. Of the 134 members of the House of Representatives, 90 (67 percent) are men and 44 (33 percent)  are women. Of the 67 members of the State Senate, 44 (66 percent) [...]

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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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By Howard Lestrud ECM Online Managing Editor When we hear of the Swiss Alps, we immediately think of tall mountains and skiing. Judy and I recently had the opportunity to view the Swiss Alps from our bedroom window as we enjoyed holiday (vacation) with some dear friends introduced to us by our daughter. Prior to [...]

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By Howard Lestrud, ECM Online Managing Editor  Wipe that sweat off your brow and replace it with dreams of snow sickles hitting your face while out on a snowmobile ride. Many snowmobile enthusiasts will do a little dreaming when they visit the Sno Barons Snowmobile Club’s annual Hay Days event in Almelund, Sept. 8-9. The [...]

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By Howard Lestrud/ECM Online Managing Editor In just a few days Americans everywhere will be homage to our early government leaders by paying tribute to Independence Day, July 4th, the signing of the Declaration of the Independence. This holiday is a favorite for many of us because it brings our families together to share our [...]

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