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I share my middle name, Leona, with one of my great-grandmothers. Our lives never overlapped, but she’s been on my mind lately, especially following the recent death of my dear grandfather, her only child.

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TAKING TIME TO reflect on life is a worthy process that should be exercised regularly. 

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It always amazes me to witness volunteers in action. While attending a funeral in Marine on St. Croix this past week, I stumbled upon a dozen volunteers organizing a meal after the service. Some volunteers were making sure the tables were just right, others were prepping the food in the kitc…

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The training in our household seems to be progressing as planned. I’ve been doing the best I can dealing with the challenges and limitations of this type of interspecies communication. While apparently not the quickest study, the big one is definitely making progress, while the smaller one h…

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Over MEA weekend, my friend Jesse invited me, my son, and a few high school friends and their kids to his cabin on Lake Vermillion for one last fishing trip and to close it up for the season. In the past, we have tried our hands at a muskie tournament, and walleye and trout fishing. The fish…

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This will be my husband and my first year in Hugo for Halloween. We are hoping it is more eventful than when we lived in Oakdale. There, we were lucky if we got one or two trick-or-treaters. 

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Our ferry cruised along on a sunny September day, the Manhattan skyline looming behind, as I peered ahead at the colossal statue before me. 

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In the wake of our neighboring newspaper group, Lillie Suburban News, closing its doors, a family came in to talk to me about making a significant voluntary subscription payment. They said they wanted to buy future subscriptions for Cerenity Senior Care center residents in White Bear Lake, s…

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ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY in Washington, D.C. encompasses 624 acres overlooking the Potomac River. Though it may appear to be a field of stone, it is a peaceful place where generations of war heroes, veterans, freed slaves, and others who have sacrificed for this country’s freedom are laid…

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While our editors here at Press Publications establish guidelines and prepare for the 2019 local election, political analysts, prognosticators and pundits are already looking ahead toward the 2020 election.

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With school fast approaching we took advantage of cheap airfare and booked a spur-of-the-moment trip to San Francisco for a long weekend in August. Amy and I had been there before, but it was the first time with our kids. We stayed in the Fisherman’s Wharf area, which was a good landing spot…

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THE FREE PRESS and the First Amendment are critical to maintaining a democracy. Unfortunately, the role of the press is often misunderstood or is criticized by presidents.  Our current president is really no different than many others over history.

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Over the years, opinion pages in our newspapers have been abused and quite frankly it’s our fault. We have allowed what are really advertisements in our opinion pages. Last year, our page count went up between four and eight pages each week during the political campaign. The newspaper receiv…

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SINCE THE 1980s, off-roading has been growing in popularity. Auto manufacturers even label some of their vehicles as off-road types. For example, the Jeep Wrangler or Jeep CJ’s have been around since the 1940s and today dominate the off-road experience.

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I HAD NEVER heard of Elmer’s Auto and Toy Museum in Fountain City, Wis. On Sunday, July 28, our daughter Stephanie and son-in-law, Chuck, took us to this museum on Eagle Bluff in Fountain City. This is the 26th season this museum has been open for the public by Elmer and Bernadette Duellman.

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I received positive feedback on my column earlier this summer on bad news, so I am expanding on the topic. 

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WE JUST CELEBRATED the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing on the moon, an amazing, remarkable achievement and a downright difficult-to-understand feat.

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Every year when my birthday (July 29) rolls around, I find myself checking my inbox more often. I scroll through my emails to see what deals I can snag just because I am one year older. 

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An old adage suggests that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

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Like most people, I don’t like bad news.

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Last month marked a year since I brought home Zadie, my 10-year-old orange tabby cat. Until I adopted her, I had always considered myself to be exclusively a dog person, especially as I grew up with my family’s sweet and rambunctious West Highland Terriers. In the years since leaving home, I…

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As many of you know, the snow storm in April 2018 caused the roof to collapse at the Press Publications building on Bloom Avenue. It has been a challenge for both the process of rebuilding, as well as the insurance claim. My last update was on Jan. 15, indicating that the steel bar joists we…

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OVER TIME SIGNIFICANT names in retailing have become history. Growing up in White Bear Lake, we often made trips to Montgomery Wards in the Midway, which was also known as a very strong catalog store, as was Sears in Minneapolis.

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Another school year wraps up this week, and families will stumble into the new routines of the first few days of summer break. For many, the first few weeks of summer break are filled with various camps and activities – so many that it becomes a full-time job for parents to drive them around…

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What does it mean to be a team player? The phrase is used often enough that it must have some tangible roots. I personally believe that our early, formative experiences on teams, as well as the dynamics within our families can play a role in how we work on projects that require a collaborati…

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DALE KURSCHNER WRITES an editor’s note in a past issue of Twin Cities Business to make the point of why Minnesota is the best place to live.

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My all-time favorite children’s author is the late Bill Peet. He wrote great books with memorable themes like “Zella, Zack and Zodiac,” and “Chester the Worldly Pig,” and was one of Walt Disney’s top illustrators/writers. His name is credited on the immortal movie “Dumbo,” among other Disney…

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