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The season for grade-school tackle football turns our attention to the value of that sport and the subject of concussions. Chances are that most kids grades two through eight playing tackle football won’t suffer a concussion, but the number of such cases is rising. One national study suggests that 90 percent of grade-school players will [...]

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As parents prepare to send their youngsters back to school this fall, shootings in schools may have them wondering if Minnesota school buildings are safe. Those in the know say school buildings are very safe, but while there are crisis plans in place in most buildings, there’s no guarantee that all schools will be free [...]

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There’s a big juggling act going on in suburban communities like Elk River as parents try to balance their kids’ sports participation with other important family activities. This is particularly the case with parents who have youngsters who play tournaments on weekends. Often parents are forced to choose between either having their kids play ball [...]

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There’s a big juggling act going on in our suburban communities as parents try to balance their kids’ sports participation with other important family activities. This is particularly the case with parents who have youngsters who play tournaments on weekends. Often parents are forced to choose between either having their kids play ball all-day Sunday [...]

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It is painfully obvious that too many elected officials in Washington, D.C., have lost touch with the struggling people of this nation. This was demonstrated recently when House leaders proposed a Farm Bill that would have cut aid to food stamp (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients by a whopping $20 billion over a 10-year period. [...]

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When Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety Ramona Dohman was asked her No. 1 wish to make Minnesota safer, she quickly answered: Call 911 right away when you see anything or anyone suspicious, and call at any hour of any day. Police chiefs in our suburban communities agree. Don’t hesitate to call when you see anything [...]

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Minnesotans, prepare to dig deeper into your pocketbooks following actions of the 2013 Legislature. Companies are being asked to pay a very high premium for the privilege of doing business in Minnesota. Many changes in tax law take effect July 1 and many are retroactive to Jan. 1. These new taxes include individual income tax, [...]

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Once in a while, a different way of doing things comes along and you just want to share it. In most cities, residents are assessed for repairing and overlaying streets. Sometimes that amounts to thousands of dollars for property owners. In my hometown of Elk River, the council has just approved a new way of [...]

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