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Living in western Wisconsin for years we came to appreciate how close our communities were to the roots of Earth Day. Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Clear Lake, Wisconsin founded Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Although no one agrees with everything a political figure stands for, …

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Stepping outside on one of the first nice spring nights is exciting. The owls were partnering up last month and now the loon calls could be heard throughout the weekend. Friend and wildlife photographer Greg Drawbraugh dropped by to check out the birds on this side of the town. Greg has been…

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This local newspaper got its start more than 125 years ago as White Bear Life, informing residents and tourists in the area about important happenings. Today, residents have countless social media apps like Nextdoor, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that also provide information. Some of the …

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EASTER IS THE time Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Gene Peterson writes in his book, The Message, “The men said, ‘Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he …

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My name is Noelle Olson and I am a new regional staff writer for Press Publications. I believe in the power of a good story.

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Our eighth–grade son’s traveling youth basketball career came to an end. For the past five years he played with mostly the same group of kids, and we spent nearly every weekend during the winter months sitting in gyms with the other families. The friendships will continue, but as we watched …

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Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Alan Page recently made an  appearance at a virtual White Bear Lake Rotary Club meeting. The details of the event, shared by Rotarian Bob Timmons in the White Bear Press, refreshed my memory about a past speaking engagement…

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IT WAS A year ago when the pandemic began to sweep across our nation as well as the world. It has upset our way of life in more ways than we could have imagined.

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AS I LOOK back over the years, friendships have meant a lot to me. I learn from people, I gain encouragement, and when a level of trust is reached, I can share my sorrows and victories. 

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I’m so excited to announce that Press Publications has received three awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) Better as a part of the 2019-20 Better Newspaper Contest (BNC). 

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JAN. 6 WAS a terrible day when domestic violence broke in our nation’s capital. There were five deaths, property damage, security breaches, and our democracy was threatened.

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Fishing on area lakes is in full swing. As hard-core fisherman are driving snowmobiles, ATVs and UTVs on the ice, there is still a warning that the ice is not safe enough for automobiles. Many lakes had open water for weeks after the initial freeze, especially those that had disrupted ice fr…

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THE NEW YEAR is underway and we hope and pray the pandemic will end soon.

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In this edition of the paper you are going to see our annual “Year in Review.” Our staff at Press Publications dedicated many hours to highlighting the top stories of the year in all of our papers. While the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to overshadow most of the headlines, our papers also brough…

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Recalling a memory from Christmas past, I remember looking through a telescope my brother had set up outside on the deck of our parents home in Duluth and seeing for the first time, directly with my own eyes, the planet Saturn. I’d seen the iconic image of the ringed planet that has captivat…

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I am so excited about our holiday lights contest. If there was ever a year that people needed a bit of light in their lives, it is 2020.

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Congratulations to Minnesotans for achieving top ranking for the best credit scores in the country for the eighth consecutive year. According to Experian, Minnesota had the highest average FICO Score in the second quarter of 2019 - 733, up from 732 in 2018. By comparison, the average FICO sc…

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When COVID-19 first made its way to Minnesota, I was hopeful that it would more or less be gone by the time summer rolled around. The thought of it lingering into the fall, much less through the holiday season, was inconceivable. But now, nearly nine months later, the worst of it seems to be…

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Did you notice the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles locations were closed last week? My driver’s license recently expired, and thankfully the governor issued a peacetime emergency that extended period of time to renew driver’s licenses that have expired from March 13, 2020 through Jan.…

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My 14-year-old son and I recently traveled to Clearwater, Minnesota to hunt deer on a friend’s farm. Across the upper Midwest, hunting is a rite of passage along with the annual fishing opener. In Wisconsin, employees often request two weeks off at the time of hire. Hunting family traditions…

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THE PANDEMIC IS taking its toll on people in America and around the world. Loss of income, loss of family members, schools and education interrupted, businesses closing, relationships and vacations interrupted.

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Political pundits and business analysts have a fondness for using sports metaphors. The origins of many of the phrases we commonly hear, like “The ball’s in their Court,” “Down for the count,” “In your wheelhouse,” “Bush League,” “Dropped the ball,” “It’s a slam dunk,” “Sweet spot,” “Down to…

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CANCER IS A dreaded word for anyone alive today. Every family seems to have someone being treated or has died from the big C. It’s scary, but there are a lot of tests that can be done to catch it and treat it at an early stage.

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As your local newspaper, our goal during the election cycle is to present readers with the most comprehensive information about the local election through our Voters’ Guide and letters to the editor. I know a number of you pointed out errors, which were corrected in the following week’s paper. 

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Much of 2020 has been interesting to say the least for most industries, but that is especially true in the newspaper business. 

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Your voting decisions in the presidential election on Nov. 3 will be important if you haven’t already voted in absentia. 

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This Thursday, Sept. 17, marks the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. It’s an anniversary that the aptly-named but often forgotten holiday Constitution Day is meant to commemorate, though admittedly, I typically let it pass by without much thought. In writing this issue’s feature story on…

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