Don Heinzman

More people are raising vegetables and growing flowers than ever, but the number of once-popular traditional garden clubs is fading, says Rene Lynch, president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota. She hopes a new variety of club using social media will continue to grow interest in what garden clubs used to do. Take the [...]

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 A major change on how high school football games could be scheduled in the future will be voted on Jan. 23 by the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors. If this passes, practically every high school football team could be affected, particularly regarding what teams they play. Basically, instead of playing traditional conference [...]

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Suburban voters hold the key on what party will control the governorship and the Legislature in 2014. The Republican Party has an uphill climb among suburban voters because, by and large, suburban interests, namely the education package, have been positively received. The cornerstone of most communities is the private and public school systems. Educating their [...]

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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 issue of not scheduling youth sports on Sunday mornings in order to preserve some family time is getting some reaction. Steve Marohn, of Elk River, had a good suggestion, after reading my first column on this topic: Don’t schedule any sports games and practices on Sunday until noon. Not surprisingly, there are good arguments [...]

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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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It’s time for suburban legislators to use their power in numbers to pass legislation and meet needs suburban residents have in common. A quick analysis shows that there are 86 senators and house members who represent suburban communities. That’s 42 percent of the total 201 legislators. Suburban  legislators need to unite and organize caucuses in [...]

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