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Members of a church in St. Bonifacius gave five couples a Valentine they won’t forget – a free wedding worth at least $1,500. The Rev. John Braland of the Freshwater Community Church came up with the idea after realizing couples want to get married but can’t afford the expense of the wedding. So he, his [...]

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This week I thought about people like Wayne Pikal, Ramona de Rosales, Doug and Dee Thomas, Eric and Ella Mahmoud and Keith Lester. Foundation support helped these “practical visionaries” carry out their (very good) ideas. This issue comes up, in part, because the Minnesota-based Bush Foundation is seeking a new education director  to help identify [...]

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It’s time for suburban legislators to use their power in numbers to pass legislation and meet needs suburban residents have in common. A quick analysis shows that there are 86 senators and House members who represent suburban communities. That’s 42 percent of the total 201 legislators. Suburban legislators need to unite and organize caucuses in [...]

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Picture, if you will, the following encounter: You are walking down the street when you see an old, familiar friend. He walks up to you, and you embrace. It’s a long embrace in which he pats you on the back, grabs you by the upper arms, looks you in the face, smiles and says, “It’s [...]

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Elections matter. If so, why are we seeing a flurry of appointments to city councils and school boards? It’s because appointing someone to a vacancy is an easy way out with little cost and there are no election campaigns. The appointment process takes the decisions away from the voters and leaves it up to a [...]

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Sheriffs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area believe children in schools are as safe as possible, and plans are in place if they are called to a major disturbance. Most high schools and middle schools have armed police officers either on site or nearby. Only on occasion do they go to an elementary school. Since [...]

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There’s evidence that the education system in Minnesota needs to be examined and strengthened. Improving it is always evolving, with the goal of providing the best education possible for all students. The state constitution says a general and uniform system of public schools should be established through taxation or otherwise to secure a thorough and [...]

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County sheriffs in the Twin Cities area would rather talk about the need for earlier identification and better treatment and housing of people with mental illness, than discuss more restrictions on guns. It is the county sheriff who grants the permit for an applicant to carry a gun in public, concealed or visible. (Permitting gun [...]

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