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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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Over the past six months, the ECM Editorial Board presented a series of editorials focusing on major health issues. We also zeroed in on some solutions and recommendations. Here is a recap of our positions and conclusions: Health insurance and the Affordable Care Act — ACA’s potential long-term benefits were clouded by a short-term focus [...]

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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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There is a time when experience must come into play as voters decide how their ballots will be cast. In the 6th Congressional District contest on Tuesday, Nov. 4, we believe that Republican Tom Emmer, of Delano, is the candidate best prepared to serve in Washington, D.C. Emmer, 53, is the clear favorite to win [...]

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