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On Monday mornings, at a coffee shop in Mounds View, Tim Budig, Howard Lestrud and I meet to discuss their plans for the week ahead. Tim and Howard represent the commitment of ECM Publishers to provide more than strictly local news in our 51 newspapers. When I started reading ECM’s Thisweek Newspaper, after moving to [...]

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As Congress prepares to adjourn for the November elections, farmers, ranchers and business leaders from Minnesota and across the country have converged on the nation’s capitol. Their goal: to ratchet up the pressure for passage of a new five-year Farm Bill before the current bill expires at the end of this month. In the last [...]

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It’s probably been 20 years since I happened upon an essay written by my daughter, who is now a 38-year-old mother of two. The essay was about the importance of her sense of humor in dealing with bullying. Specifically, she wrote in that high school paper, that her sense of humor helped her deflect the [...]

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Did you know that bookmakers take odds on U.S. Supreme Court decisions? Neither did I until I heard the odds against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act being held constitutional were 5 to 1 going into last Thursday’s decision. The 5-4 opinion, upholding the law, was written by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. The [...]

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As the 2012 Legislative Session comes to a close, the House is pushing through the final bills of the year: taxes, bonding, stadium and pensions. In addition are proposals that will improve our schools and help our students succeed. My bill to reform the schedule of payment of dues for school administrators not only requests [...]

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