Don Heinzman

Elections matter. If so, why are we seeing a flurry of appointments to city councils and school boards? It’s because appointing someone to a vacancy is an easy way out with little cost and there are no election campaigns. The appointment process takes the decisions away from the voters and leaves it up to a [...]

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Sheriffs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area believe children in schools are as safe as possible, and plans are in place if they are called to a major disturbance. Most high schools and middle schools have armed police officers either on site or nearby. Only on occasion do they go to an elementary school. Since [...]

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If you are a lover of dogs and want to help a military veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder, you should consider buying a special 2013 calendar donated by Lynn and Paul Sansale of South St. Paul. You can buy this special “Rescued Heroes” calendar this month and thereby help a Minnesota veteran, suffering from the [...]

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Even if firearms restrictions are approved, which will be a tough fight, leaders will be left wondering what more they can do to prevent a tragedy in their own community such as the one that struck Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 14. Why wait for the government to find a solution to attack such a [...]

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It’s Christmas all year long for over a thousand metro area teachers and staff who receive FREE school supplies at a novel nonprofit store called Companies to Classrooms. Seven years ago, Cary  Weatherby, a Bloomington mother who has business experience, realized companies and corporations needed to get rid of surplus office supplies and inventory that [...]

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Now that the high school football season is over, it’s clear that the numbers who played are down, partly because of concern over concussions. While concussions may have always been a part of football, fear of long-term effects to youngsters suffering concussions has cut down on the number out for the sport. At Bloomington Jefferson [...]

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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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