Letters from readers

As we approach Veterans Day, I wonder how long it will be before we will not have enough veterans for an Honor Guard. I am so proud of all the men and women who have so valiantly served our country. What I cannot understand is why they do not become members of the VFW or [...]

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I am amazed that your newspaper keeps glorifying balloon releases. It seems that there are a couple of releases a year, including the one at the Thumbs Up High 5K that happened last week. Balloons do not “go to heaven” as stated in this week’s article, but pop or lose helium and come back down [...]

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For eight years as a city councilman for the city of Elk River, I had the opportunity to sit on the council with Larry Farber and to work with Larry on a number of city issues when he was the Sherburne County commissioner. I do know that Larry will look at all sides of the [...]

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When I ran for state representative in 2006 and again in 2008, my opponent was Tom Emmer. I made the choice not to engage in a mud-slinging campaign, hoping to win the seat with a positive campaign.  I lost by pretty much the same margins that other Democrats lose in this Republican voting district in [...]

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It saddens me when I see empty beer cans and bottles on the ground by our streets. These items, along with other pieces of garbage, indicate some people disregard the laws (open containers and littering) and they do not care how this behavior detracts from the beauty of our city. — David Thompson, Otsego  

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Dave Horvath is retiring after many (in fact, 39 full-time and 3 part-time) years of dedicated service to the taxpayers and voters of Zimmerman. Dave’s vast knowledge of environmental pollution laws and regulations regarding storm water holding ponds; sanitary sewage flow; and his capability to make sure every citizen in the city has pure, clean [...]

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I spoke with my friend the other day and asked if she had seen the Senate debate that took place in Duluth on Oct. 1. She said she was so busy running the kids between practices and games that she hadn’t time to pay attention to politics. I think we all can admit to being [...]

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Does anyone else enjoy the pigeons by the old farm feed store in downtown? I think it is cruel to have boarded up their home on top of the feed store right before winter. They will freeze and die now that winter is coming. I would like to think the caring people of Elk River [...]

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Yes, it is time to rethink our new school lunch program. Having nutritional guidelines are great, but what good does it do when the kids either refuse to eat or throw it out?  How much money is going straight to the garbage bins? My daughter’s lunch account used to run short because she’d always buy [...]

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