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Snow cancellations are getting out of control, snowballing down a slippery slope of flakiness. 

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As we work through some construction challenges at the Press with a roof that collapsed due to the heavy snow last spring, we’re thankful that we had insurance. I am also grateful for local contractors like Pelco Construction and TR Computer Sales who have helped us navigate the project. 

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My husband and I recently sold our town home in Oakdale to purchase a single family home in Hugo. I should start off by saying I hate everything about moving.

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Lake ice is pretty amazing. You can ice skate, ice fish, ice boat, play hockey or broomball, walk on it and even drive a car on it. We had a great early ice season in that the ice was lacking snow until recent days. This provided good ice boating conditions, which some say comes only once in…

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THE WEEK OF Dec. 3, following the death of our 41st president, George H. W. Bush, was a week of honor celebrating his life. He was an American patriot, family man of 73 years of marriage to Barbara, a servant, and a Godly man. He taught the nation and the world to be kinder and gentler.

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Without a doubt you have noticed the mid-term elections are around the corner.

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During the general election in November you may turn over your ballot and find a list of candidates for district court judge, as well as candidates for Minnesota Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. You will see no contested races for district court judge if you live in the Tenth Judicial…

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People are the most important asset in our community. We have to give a shout out of thanks to those who have established the foundation around us. Generations of families have put down roots here and helped create what we call community today. Their engagement in this community have provide…

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As spring transitions into summer, the abundance of wild food in Minnesota has been on my mind. 

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Any first job is one to remember, whether a good experience or bad. We learn from doing-some of us even more than others. Summer jobs for first-timers range from lawn mowing, landscaping or working at restaurants or retail counters. Some of my friends from high school to this day talk about …

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Shoreview has taken the lead in creating barriers for young adults to access cigarettes and tobacco-related devices by changing the legal age to buy them to 21. Cities often lead states with their local laws. This seems to be another good move for our communities. It makes me wonder if there…

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Writing columns is not my thing. That would explain my conspicuous absence on these pages. 

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MOTHER’S DAY IS May 13 and they deserve a special salute. They are remarkable people who hold families together, teach children morals and work hard to keep families healthy. Besides that, they are key support people to their husbands and others.

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It is an exciting time for White Bear Lake Area Schools. Our district’s story continues to be written with the help of students, guardians, staff and community members through the Strategic Planning process, which was approved at the April 9 School Board meeting. During the 2017-18 school ye…

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Past: Before the French-Canadian settlers established the town of Centerville in the mid-1800s, Dakota Indians lived here in the 1600s and 1700s. In 1854, settlers Peltier, LaValle and LaMotte laid out and platted the town. 

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It is pretty cool that the Super Bowl is here in the Twin Cities. As a community, we can experience the sights and sounds of an event that will be televised worldwide. With over a million people expected to visit the Twin Cities for the game, we need to give every visitor that “Minnesota nic…

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Grandparents have played a huge role in our lives, especially when we have early morning or night meetings, events, or want to take a night off to hang out with friends. 

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It seems counterintuitive to me, but evidently there is a study published in “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience” that indicates our odds of making major life changes and sticking with them are better if we undertake a major overhaul. That means making multiple changes all at once, instead of o…

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MY THIRD JOB, at the age of 15, was working at the White Bear Press on the second floor of the Getty building in downtown White Bear Lake. I don’t recall what my starting salary was, but I wasn’t concerned because I was excited. I had a job and that was important.

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Not long ago I took a weekend trip to the Iron Range, looking for elusive wildlife and enjoying winter in northern Minnesota. On my way down Highway 53, I noticed the brown highway signs that denoted a public park or historical area, that included a name I recognized — Paul Wellstone. 

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It was nearly dusk on the marsh as I walked along the boardwalk at the Birch Lake Rotary Park Preserve in White Bear Lake. I went slowly, listening closely to the chirps of swamp sparrows, the aggressive clamor of red-winged blackbirds and the echoing hoot of a barred owl from the nearby woo…

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When our daughter came home from school last month and said she really wanted to  go on the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. next year and it would cost more than $1500, Amy and I were shocked when the next words out of her mouth were, “and I’m already thinking of ways that I can pay for it…

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As we finish up our spring subscriber campaign we appreciate all of the support, comments and responses. Readers have encouraged us to keep up the hard work and continue to produce a high level of local news coverage in our communities. As you may have read in the paper, the following people…

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THE MANUFACTURER OF our 30 year old motor yacht, Ocean Alexander, has an annual rendezvous. This year it was held at Dunsmore Town on Harbor Island, Eluethera, Bahamas. 

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Lately I’ve been witnessing an uptick in confrontations and heated exchanges of words that have nothing to do with politics or race relations — but do appear to indicate an impending clash of cultures. 

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On April 22, countries around the world celebrated Earth Day. Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson of Clear Lake, Wisconsin. As governor and senator of Wisconsin, Nelson saw the need to increase environmental awareness and address ecological concerns and conservation issues. The f…

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