Don Heinzman

 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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Now that the election is over, look for some winners to have some pet projects. One place to watch is the city of Coon Rapids, where the council is considering how many domestic animals a household can have. Right now, the limit is one dog and one cat. If a resident wants to keep more [...]

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            No matter what your position on the wars, we honor the warriors this Veterans Week.             Gone are the days, thank goodness, when warriors who returned from the Vietnam War were greeted shamefully.             Now, communities across the state are organizing Beyond the Yellow Ribbon units, designed to organize their resources and to [...]

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For years, I’ve encouraged local chambers of commerce to take stands on local political issues. Yes, even endorse candidates. Local policy-making boards look to their chambers as representing the voice and concerns of business – like the local sign ordinance, zoning issues and school board tax levies. I believe chambers should endorse good candidates to [...]

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For years I’ve encouraged local chambers of commerce to take stands on local political issues. Yes, even endorse candidates. Local policy-making boards look to their chambers as representing the voice and concerns of business – like the local sign ordinance, zoning issues and school board tax levies. I believe chambers should endorse good candidates to [...]

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Residents of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area pride themselves in having professional entertainment that enriches the quality of their lives. News of the shutdown of six weeks of Minnesota Orchestra concerts over a labor dispute is disturbing. The Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are important cultural pillars for all of Minnesota and [...]

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State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans recently shared some eye-opening statistics with the Metropolitan Council. The one that strikes in the gut is that in 2010, of the $27 billion the state collected in tax revenues, only $16 billion remained, after “hidden spending,” more commonly known as loopholes, was deducted. That hidden spending includes tax credits [...]

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