Guest Columns

New taxes took effect July 1 By David C. Olson, Guest Columnist 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 took effect July 1, and many are retroactive [...]

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By Larry Werner, Guest Columnist In June 2007, I retired from the Star Tribune after almost 24 years with that newspaper. Six months later, I accepted a position with ECM Publishers as general manager in Dakota County. After four years managing Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune, ECM expanded by purchasing the Sun Newspapers, and [...]

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By John Horvat II, Guest Columnist The cloudy day set the mood for a Fourth of July barbecue. It was a family get-together but there was not much family to get together. Several members were too far away to come; others were on cruises. There were a few absent because they were no longer family since [...]

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By Theresa Skorseth, Guest Columnist Monday evening, “after” the City Council meeting had been adjourned, and as the room was empyting, I said to my friends, in a loud voice, that the City Council President Don Klinker is a fascist. A fascist is a person of narrow beliefs who uses a position of power to forcibly [...]

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By Paul Gazelka, Guest Columnist The 2013 legislative session adjourned May 20. It is always an honor to serve you in the Minnesota Senate. Working across the aisle to set a responsible state budget was my focus this year. I support creating a more efficient and effective government as we did in 2011-12, not a more [...]

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By Liza Stangl, Guest Columnist Welcome classmates, family and friends. I feel humbled to be standing up here speaking in front of you tonight. I know that some of you have places to go, so don’t worry. I was told to keep my speech within 33 minutes, so I’m guessing that you’ll probably be out of [...]

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By Brianne Carlson, Guest Columnist Guess what guys, we’re here. We did it, we actually did it. We’ve made it through 13 years of school and are about to take our last steps, literally. It seems not long ago we were only little twerps sharing tables in kindergarten, or scrawny seventh graders dodging the big scary [...]

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By Amber Barton, Guest Columnist To commence the 2013 graduation ceremony, I would like to wish all the teachers, faculty, family, friends and fellow classmates a good evening. Thank you all for being here to join us in celebrating the last moments of our lives as high schoolers, the last moments before shoving us out the [...]

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