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By Leo Ripplinger, Guest Columnist I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure after my bypass surgery in 2007. I didn’t have any problems until April 2013, when I started having shortness of breath walking any distance and also my legs were always sore as soon as I walked several hundred feet. I had many tests with [...]

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By Michelle Tautges, Guest Columnist The Morrison County Safe Roads Coalition has been operating since 2009 under a grant from the Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). This coalition of community members works closely with law enforcement in assisting with impaired driver mobilizations and seat belt compliance checks. The Fatal Review Committee includes [...]

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By Judy Buckingham, Guest Columnist Wow, can you believe it? It is that time again — the 18th year of the holiday gift giving program is under way. One of the questions I hear every year is, “Do all these families really need help or am I donating to a program that isn’t necessary?” My response [...]

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By Bruce West, Guest Columnist When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? If you’re like many people, you may not even remember. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature of U.S. households that they’re often taken for granted and aren’t tested and maintained. Data from 776 Minnesota fire departments [...]

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By Pat Rioux, Guest Columnist A recent article about domestic violence written by former professional quarterback Jeff Kemp begins with a philosophical question, “How often do we seek real truth, step up and make changes?” I’d add, “What should I personally be doing as a man in response to the issue of family violence?” Kemp notes [...]

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By Carol Spearman, Guest Columnist  Do you know anyone in your circle of friends and family who is suffering from reactions to food, diabetes or heart issues? Do you have children and grandchildren who have allergies, problems with obesity, learning difficulties or behavioral problems? Most of us will say “Yes,” but why is this happening and [...]

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By Paul Gazelka, Guest Columnist Retirees across the nation know every penny counts when you are living on a fixed income and, in Minnesota, retirees are learning fast that making their dollars stretch farther is getting harder to do these days. According to Kiplinger.com, “The North Star State offers cold comfort on the tax front to [...]

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By Phil Gurbada, Guest Columnist I have been the elementary principal at Royalton Elementary for the past 26 years — more than a quarter of a century. It is a little uncomfortable when a former student comes to watch a program and spontaneously says, “You are still here.” Or when my son reports members of his [...]

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Here are two pieces of encouraging news about Minnesota’s public schools. First, the state teachers union has agreed on the potential value of yearly teacher evaluations. Second, a just-released report, “Quality Compensation,” encourages Minnesotans to build on success from a formerly controversial reform called Q Comp, which provided extra funds to districts and charters that [...]

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