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During these unsettled political times, public confidence in state and national lawmakers is down. The average person who really wants to get involved has one chance to change the country’s direction and its office holders, and that’s by attending their precinct caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Changing the direction and electing someone other than the [...]

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Thanks for the excellent coverage of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon kickoff event. We’ve come to expect this kind of reporting on important community developments. The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization is meant to mobilize community resources to serve the needs of military families. We understand that there are 186 National Guard members in our [...]

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With about 176,000 Minnesotans out of work, Gov. Mark Dayton’s bonding bill, which a study says will create 21,700 jobs, should be considered immediately. All or major portions of it should be approved in time for the upcoming construction season. This is the time to end political infighting over such a serious matter. Minnesotans expect [...]

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The city of Nowthen deserves some credit for finding a solution to a demand that it either pay more for Anoka County sheriff patrol services or lose that service. Fortunately the city and the sheriff reached an agreement for the sheriff to provide eight hours of daily patrol coverage at an additional cost of $106,011 [...]

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Every community with a hockey program at any level should be concerned on how the game is coached, officiated and played, following the checking-from-behind accident that has paralyzed Jack Jablonski, a sophomore at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School. The state and the nation are paying attention to Jablonski’s recovery and the need for leaders of hockey [...]

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One of the big stories in 2012 will be the need for Minnesota to reform its complicated and unbalanced taxing system. That story already is being developed by State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans, as he continues his tour of the state presenting some eye-opening information about the system that needs reform. After gathering comments from [...]

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More people than ever are getting their holiday food from local food shelves. Throughout the Twin Cities area, people who never thought they would go to a food shelf are asking for food. In the suburban area, once thought to be the home of the successful middle class, people reluctantly are going to a food [...]

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The number of homeless young people in suburban and outstate communities is growing at an alarming rate and more shelters are needed. These youth are defined as 21 years old or less who lack a fixed regular and adequate night-time residence. In October 2009, the Wilder Research Minnesota Homeless Study found 1,675 homeless families with [...]

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