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Live United: Community support vital for work of United Way, nonprofits

I’m always gratified to hear the results of my columns. My “return on investment” shows up in the form of phone calls, of emails, people ... Read more

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Senate Report: New district lines will come out next year

The new district lines should be completed early next year. In the meantime, my colleagues and I will continue to serve the communities that have ... Read more

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Ask a Trooper: Gas cans on cargo carriers can be problematic

Question: I see vehicles go by with extended carriers attached to their hitch with several full gas cans. We discuss what could happen if a ... Read more

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My Point of View: We must recover; we need to succeed

My Point of View by September is National Recovery Month and is held to promote and support new treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of ... Read more

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Live United: It’s been busy behind the scenes at United Way office

Early this week, I wrote a heartfelt letter to our nonprofit agencies. It hasn’t gone out yet, but I’ve decided to share the gist of ... Read more

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My Point of View: What has been learned from the war in Afghanistan?

It’s a bitter irony of the U.S. war in Afghanistan that many of the last American soldiers to die in the conflict were infants when ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Ask a Trooper: What are rules for large farm equipment?

Question: I followed a tractor that had triple wheels on each side and took up half the lane of oncoming traffic. Following vehicles could not ... Read more

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Senate Report: Keeping local control over our schools

I have been hearing from many of you about the importance of local control over our schools. Our school boards need to have the ability ... Read more

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My Point of View: America can come through challenging times as in past

I’d like to echo Paul Overgaard’s sentiments in his recent letter. Over the past few months, the focus of the GOP’s columns has been to ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Guest Column: Try a new way to find needed employees

Have you seen the most common sign in the windows of area small business? It usually says “Now Hiring.” Read more

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Guest Column: A sense of belonging in southern Minnesota

Many of us who grew up in, or currently live in, rural Minnesota know that there is something about our communities that fosters a sense ... Read more

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Live United: 2-1-1 to bring another line of help to Freeborn County

I talk often about how our United Way is locally run, with local decisions and local impact. That’s absolutely all true, but maybe what I ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Guest column: Historic infrastructure bill will improve lives in Minnesota for upcoming generations

Guest column by Tina Smith When the U.S. Senate passed a once-in-a-generation bill to make historic and long-overdue investments in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure this ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Sarah Stultz: The summer vegetable that keeps on giving

Nose for news by Sarah Stultz Have you ever heard of the plant that keeps on giving? You know, that plant that keeps producing even ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Sarah Stultz.

My Point of View: Many questions remain surrounding Lazzaro’s ties

My Point of View by Jennifer Vogt-Erickson “Our state Chairwoman Jennifer [Carnahan] is a friend who visits Albert Lea often.” — Robert Hoffman, chair of ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

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