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Minnesotans have always known how important safe, reliable rail service is to our state’s economy. Farmers and businesses have come to depend upon rail as an indispensable method of moving Minnesota products across the state and to markets around the world. But in recent years, the large railroad ...Read More
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One of the blessings of my life has been to learn from some wise, courageous people. June 19 and 20, I had the opportunity to discuss one of them, the late John Nason. I knew him as the president of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. I graduated in 1970 and attended the recent 45th class [.....Read More
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This is the story of an organization called Bridging and Fran Heitzman, its founder who developed it into the largest nonprofit furniture bank in North America. The project is so simple, any community can do it, but it takes a special kind of leadership and persistence to make it happen. Bridging, w...Read More
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Every community can cut down the number of drunken drivers through a Safe Cab program that works in Isanti County. Thanks to an initiative by Isanti County Judge James Dehn, the number of drunken driving arrests has been cut in that county by 67 percent from 2006 to 2014, according to Dehn. The coun...Read More
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Three Minnesota state legislators deeply involved in education issues shared frank, sometimes surprising, views in a panel discussion on June 2. Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders had not made final decisions when panelists spoke or when this column was written. But panelists provided importan...Read More
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Sometimes art and history come together in wonderful ways. That’s what happened in a terrific musical and two marvelous movies that I saw over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Although they described vastly different people, each illustrated art’s immense ability to move us and enrich our lives...Read More
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Times are changing for parents caught between raising their own families and dealing with their aging parents. At the same time, their own youngsters, unable to find a well-paying job and burdened with college debt, are living at their home. A new kind of space is needed. The Richfield City Council ...Read More
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Recently I’ve heard and read some of the most powerful student essays I’ve encountered over more than 45 years of work with young people. Students presented them at a statewide conference attracting almost 300 students sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs. Quietly, with...Read More
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Spring is now upon us, and that means it’s time for some spring cleaning. It’s a good habit that many of us practice. Spring is also the time Minnesota legislators make decisions about our future, so it’s a good time to talk about good habits. We have a great opportunity this year in Minnesota...Read More
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The misguided proposal to cut 200,000 U.S. Postal Service jobs alone, 3,700 post offices and about half the country’s 487 mail processing centers needs to be reconsidered. More than 88 post offices in Minnesota in addition to the mail processing center in Rochester are scheduled to be permanently ...Read More
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