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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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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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There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame. Whether it’s the Fire Hydrant Capital of the world in Albertville, Alabama, the giant statue of Paul Bunyan welcoming visitors to Brainerd, Minnesota, or the giant ice cream sundae statue in LeMars, Iowa, every city has [...]

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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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