So there I was, 65 feet above the ground, swaying on the scaffolding just outside the Minnesota State Capitol Building, attending the largest convention of stone carvers in the nation. Or so someone said. The ECM Editorial Board received a personal tour April 10 of the ongoing restoration of “the People’s Building.” When you see [...]

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To the Editor: I agree passengers should wear seatbelts, but as owner and driver of my car, it should be my right to use them or not. I am fed up with those idiots up on king hill telling me what I can or cannot do. So, Mr. Lawmaker, take your seatbelt law and shove [...]

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The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act has been passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and is now state law. The act establishes structure and detailed definition of bullying behavior. “Bullying” means “intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive. …” The act is specific in detail and defines the context [...]

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To the Editor: Staff and volunteers from St. Gabriel’s Hospital Auxiliary joined more than 75 other health care volunteers at the State Capitol Wednesday, April 9, to meet with legislators and advocate for health care services in Minnesota as part of the Health Care Auxiliaries of Minnesota (HCAM) Day at the Capitol. This collaborative effort [...]

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To the Editor: On behalf of the Swanville VFW, I would like to extend a sincere thanks to Brian and Kelly Allen, Red’s Irish Pub. This is the first year we held our annual fish fry there. It was a huge success. Brian also incorporated a meat raffle that evening and those profits will go [...]

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Due to severe weather Wednesday, the Randall City Council shortened its April meeting to accommodate essential business which included: •Hearing a report from Camp Ripley’s Communications Officer Scott Bjerke on the upcoming training schedule, prescribed burns, etc.; •Voting to honor the donation of $3,500 to the Fourth of July committee. At the March meeting, the [...]

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By Lorae Vardas, Correspondent Two graduating seniors have been named April Students of the Month at Pierz Healy High School. Brittany Smieja, daughter of Mark and Annette, and Beth Stuckmayer, daughter of Natalie and Kevin, are known for their exemplary work ethic, high academic standards, leadership potential and participation in numerous extracurricular activities. Ruth Stuckmayer, business [...]

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April 5 — A resident on Florence Avenue reported someone had kicked in the front door of the garage, damaging the frame and lock. April 5 — A residence on Third Avenue Northeast reported someone had damaged the front passenger door of their vehicle with a key. April 6 — A resident on First Avenue [...]

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On April 16, Derek Wayne Pounds, 41, Little Falls, was convicted of domestic assault, intentionally inflicting bodily harm, a misdemeanor charge. A charge of felony domestic assault by strangulation was dismissed, said Assistant Attorney Todd Kosovich, because he pleaded guilty to the lesser assault charge. On Oct. 8, 2013, the victim in the case contacted [...]

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