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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.” Many of us have experienced that scenario in our lives. [...]

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The millennials, ages 18-34, are forcing changes in the metropolitan area housing patterns, particularly in the first-ring suburbs and urban centers. Steve Elkins is the District 5 Metropolitan Council member, representing Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and Hopkins, who spoke to progressives recently in Bloomington. He is an economist for Optum Technology, a division of United Health [...]

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Youngsters like Kerrie Maleski, Kayley Schoonmaker, Matt Rubel and Will Tully are part of a major trend in Minnesota. They are among the growing number of students in Minnesota’s two-year community colleges. They’ve also been elected as leaders of the Minnesota State College Student Association. National research says cost and preparation for good jobs is [...]

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Marty Seifert is the most traveled of the Republican candidates for governor, having visited all 87 Minnesota counties in the run-up to the Aug. 12 primary election. The former southwestern Minnesota farm kid has also covered a lot of ground in his professional and political careers, from teaching high school history and government to serving [...]

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As a veteran who has proudly spent four years serving in the military during the Vietnam era, I have never witnessed an endorsed Republican candidate misrepresent himself the way Eric Lucero does in a primary. Voters need to know the truth about those who seek their votes. Eric Lucero ran against Rep. David FitzSimmons because [...]

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If one could wave a magic wand and reduce the number of tobacco smokers by more than 10 percent, the percentage of adult alcoholics by 12 percent, the percentage of those suffering from chronic depression by more than half, most people would do so. Although no magic wand exists, finally society is getting a grip [...]

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Alert drivers improve safety on the road The tragic death recently of a mother bicycling with her two young children in Rock County is a horrifying reminder that distracted driving is a growing problem in this state. According to the criminal complaint, the driver admitted to taking his eyes off the road to check his [...]

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