Larry Werner

Let’s try this again – retirement, that is. In June 2007, I retired from the Star Tribune after almost 24 years with that newspaper. Six months later, I accepted a position with ECM Publishers as general manager in Dakota County. After four years managing Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune, ECM expanded by purchasing […]

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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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Downtown Anoka has been difficult to navigate for many months as Main Street is being resurfaced and the streetscape is being updated. But the downtown traffic was worse than normal, a few weeks back, when I arrived for lunch at G’s Café. I parked on a side street and noticed police cars on the bridge […]

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A few weeks ago in this space, I talked about the problem of bullying and shared my experience with bullies who used their power to mistreat my three children, who are now adults. I also mentioned some of the stories that have run in our newspapers about efforts by school districts to devise policies to […]

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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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