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Through my work at the county over the last 10 years, I am very aware of how Kathleen Heaney has helped the “underdog” even when up against powerful forces above the county level. She does not fear the difficult job that may lie ahead but perseveres to make right what is wrong. While striving for […]

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As residents, business owners and parents of students of ISD 728 School District, we support re-electing Shane Steinbrecher for School Board. He has lived his whole life, graduated and is now raising his family within the school district. Shane and his wife are owners of a growing local business who has been very active in […]

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My decision to vote for County Attorney Kathleen Heaney is an easy one. Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen Heaney leads and sets the tone of the office that serves the citizens of the county. From the criminal prosecution to child protection and County Board action, Kathleen has led her office from the front. Kathleen’s influence is […]

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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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