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Last November, 35 candidates ran for mayor of Minneapolis under a ranked-choice voting system. It took 33 rounds of vote counting before a winner was declared. One would think with 35 candidates in the race, it could get nasty, with many candidates going negative against the perceived front-runners. That never happened, and ranked-choice voting is [...]

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Rogers High School student Reid Sagehorn’s hasty two-word tweet online in January and its consequences have drawn national and even international attention from major news media. In response to a question about making out with a Rogers High School physical education teacher, Sagehorn responded, “actually yes.” A parent notified Rogers school authorities of Sagehorn’s tweet, [...]

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Recently, I took a Community Education class on improvisation, Stevie Ray’s Improv for Everyone. Not surprisingly, I was the token old guy in the group. There were a couple of middle-agers, but most of my classmates were in their 20s and 30s. When instructor Carl Olson asked us, “Why did you sign up for this [...]

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Once gone — never to return. Is this the fate of our beautiful, historic, unique, beneficial, irreplaceable Pinewood Golf Course? In response to “the closing,” a younger fellow from Elk River replied: “When I was a kid, my mom would drop me off at Pinewood, and I would play golf all day for $10. It [...]

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When did Elk River and Big Lake become a train yard for Burlington Northern? We have lived very near the crossing of County Road 35 and Zebulon for 35 years. We knew we were near a crossing and would have train noise when we bought our home. But now, not only has the train traffic [...]

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Tanner James Pap, of Lino Lakes, was hoping to counsel others on the dangers of drug abuse. Instead, he died from a heroin overdose as a student at the University of Minnesota in 2012. He was 21. Nick Moore, of Fridley, a 25-year-old bioengineering student at the University of Minnesota, died of a heroin overdose [...]

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As a 35 year resident of Elk River, I am very upset with the closing of Pinewood Golf Course. My wife has now retired and planned on learning the game of golf and I had told her Pinewood is the place to learn. In the past I have taken all three of my grandsons to [...]

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