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We want to end distracted driving, and we urge you to join us. Phillip LaVallee was a beautiful 19-year-old man with unlimited potential. He was the best son, brother, friend, student, and teammate anyone could want. Twenty-two months ago, his life was prematurely ended when he was violently struck ...Read More
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Minnesota has experienced a horrific parade of violence against children in recent years. Recently, we learned of the death of Sophia O’Neill, age 2, of Minneapolis, stomped to death allegedly by her mother’s boyfriend, age 17. The disappearance of Barway Collins, of Crystal, a few months ago ca...Read More
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Minnesotans have always known how important safe, reliable rail service is to our state’s economy. Farmers and businesses have come to depend upon rail as an indispensable method of moving Minnesota products across the state and to markets around the world. But in recent years, the large railroad ...Read More
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Last Saturday I attended memorial services for two Elk River citizens who were taken from us by cancer. Both Terri and Harlan were described as Christians who faced their cancers with grace and dignity, never asking, “Why me?” At Terri’s service, someone shared that many had prayed for Terri...Read More
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One of the blessings of my life has been to learn from some wise, courageous people. June 19 and 20, I had the opportunity to discuss one of them, the late John Nason. I knew him as the president of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. I graduated in 1970 and attended the recent 45th class [.....Read More
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This is the story of an organization called Bridging and Fran Heitzman, its founder who developed it into the largest nonprofit furniture bank in North America. The project is so simple, any community can do it, but it takes a special kind of leadership and persistence to make it happen. Bridging, w...Read More
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In the three plus years that my wife and I have lived in Elk River, we have greatly appreciated this city and we look forward to completing our retirement years here. I would like to comment upon two things that have bothered me. 1. We own lake shore property on Lake Orono, in the section [...]...Read More
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