elections

Elections matter. If so, why are we seeing a flurry of appointments to city councils and school boards? It’s because appointing someone to a vacancy is an easy way out with little cost and there are no election campaigns. The appointment process takes the decisions away from the voters and leaves it up to a [...]

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I’m embarrassed to admit my gratitude has been in short supply these days. As the days tick closer to Thanksgiving, the annual reminder to be grateful for all that we have, I’ve been made painfully aware of that. The cantankerous mood that always seems to accompany an election season got its tentacles into me this [...]

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A record number of Minnesota voters on Tuesday, Nov. 6 sent a strong message to their legislators — end the gridlock, compromise, and do what’s best for the state, not for the political party. They had in mind those days when inability to reach a compromise on a budget actually shut down the state government. [...]

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Student election judge Jayleigh Mateuszczyk held an iPad for voter Jeremy Giron during mock elections at Rogers Elementary School. Students received “I Will Vote” stickers, despite the fact some students were ready to have their vote count now. Rogers Elementary School teacher Corrine Flatgard reported teachers talked about the different branches and levels of government [...]

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Over the past several weeks, the ECM Editorial Board has shared its voting recommendations for key elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6. We do not make these decisions lightly and do so only after hundreds of hours of work by a number of editorial board panels and the full board that interviewed numerous candidates and researched [...]

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This election take time to reflect on the struggles and the challenges of those who for years were denied the opportunity to vote. Think of the efforts made by women and minorities over decades to obtain the right to vote. Also we should remember those who have sacrificed with their life in order to preserve [...]

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We have known Nick Zerwas since he was a young teenager, struggling daily with his own health problems, yet always interested in everyone around him and the concerns that they might have. Later on, we became even more aware of his multi-faceted interests and abilities through our mutual involvement in the Elk River Lions Club [...]

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The I-94 West Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidates forum for the five candidates running for two open seats on the Otsego City Council. It will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Otsego City Hall, 13400 90th St. N.E., Otsego. Douglas Schroeder is running for re-election to the council, but [...]

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Your election clerk is busy creating a long and detailed ballot for you. We all know Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are running, but who are all those other candidates for president? Our 2012 ballots will include candidates for city council, school board and the ubiquitous soil and water conservation district. Your ballot will probably [...]

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