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Ron McKinley loved motorcycles, and he loved to laugh. He especially loved riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles around the country. He also was a wonderfully effective mentor and advocate for expanding opportunity and justice. Some of his happiest moments were riding his Harley. But sadly, several wee...Read More
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Fortunately, a second medical opinion this week showed I did not need a painful “spinal tap.” Instead, the second doctor who examined me (after I expressed concerns about the first, dramatic diagnosis), prescribed ice on my back and anti-pain pills every four to six hours. My morning’s very so...Read More
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Not unlike a lot of people, I often hop in my car and drive hither and yon. Mostly, I cart my children to and from activities like baseball, gymnastics and swimming. Usually, I am thinking about important things, like what’s for dinner? Or do I have an important meeting or deadline coming up? Ment...Read More
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Two frustrated questions at a recent Stillwater “Conversation in the St. Croix Valley” community meeting mirrored each other.  One came from a parent of a teacher.  The other came from a senior citizen, also a parent.  Together, they help illustrate two passionate, opposite polls in our na...Read More
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Why are Jamie LaLonde, Natasha Fleischman and Dale Wakasugi supporting a bill that would require Minnesota’s public schools to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)? For the best possible reasons: It saved their lives. Both Minnesota House and Senate are considering bills that would require al...Read More
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December 12 was like any other day for Jeff Alley of Princeton. He put in a hard day’s work driving a truck as he hauled timber from a harvesting area to a paper mill in Two Harbors. After Alley’s last delivery of the day, he got in his pickup and drove into the woods to [...]...Read More
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