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As a journalist in today’s society, social media can often be helpful. I’ve stumbled upon amazing story leads, found events to attend and area photographers to highlight. In many ways social media can make the job easier, but in many ways, it makes it harder. 

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MORE AND MORE people are advocating term limits for those serving on Capitol Hill in Washington. Many people once they are elected focus on making financial benefits for themselves rather than what’s best for the American people.

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We had unbelievable subscription support during last year’s government lockdown. At a time when local business advertising – the mainstay of community newspaper revenue – dwindled because so many local businesses were forced to close temporarily or permanently in some cases, our readers step…

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A recently submitted photo to Press Publications showed a sign at a rest stop along a local trail. It read, “You’re one bike ride away from a good mood.” Based on personal experience, I would have to wholeheartedly agree with this simple message.

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We squeezed in a last-minute family trip to Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands near Bayfield, Wisconsin. We went mid-week, as our planning was somewhat last-minute and that was the only time lodging was available.

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VERY FEW FAMILY businesses go longer than three generations. I have been reminded over the years by successful people of a quote, “Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.” What it comes down to is the first generation works hard, the next generation has it a little easier, and by …

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It seems like yesterday when I woke up, made some coffee and got my oldest son off to school. My younger children were not in school yet and I thought it was strange that they were still sleeping. I took advantage of my “alone time” and turned on “The Today Show.” and saw an image of the Wor…

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If you’re feeling the same way I am, it seems we just came through an election cycle and now it’s upon us again. Typically in an election year such as this when there are no federal or state elected officials running, there are fewer votes, less voter input and less community voice being exe…

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always dreamed of owning a Volkswagen bus. 

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Heading north to pick up 5 boys from camp brought back fun memories from my own camp experiences. Trout Lake Camp is located in Pine River on Trout Lake, part of the Whitefish Chain. The camp has been expanding since its inception in the mid-1940’s. Today the camp offers countless activities…

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A FEW WEEKS ago, Kathy and I were invited to a brewery in Woodbury to celebrate the life of Robert MacGregor Shaw. We got to know Bob and Virginia Shaw through the Minnesota Newspaper Association where he was manager. Having served on the board of directors of the association, we got to know…

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Those of us who live within a few miles of the border are well aware of the interstate rivalry between Minnesota and Wisconsin. I personally think that we have more in common with each other than differences, but have to admit that I’m not thrilled (and have to suppress some territorial impu…

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DID YOU KNOW there is one county in the State of Minnesota where graduating students in public and private schools get a two‑year free tuition to a community college? 

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OVER THE LONG Fourth of July holiday, people were getting out of town with a vengeance, traveling to their cabin, their favorite camping park, or visiting with friends and families.

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We kick off the voting stage of our Best of The Press contest July 14. We want you to recognize your favorite local businesses and services by casting a vote. A primary goal of the contest is to help bring visibility to our local businesses and spur our local economy.  

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Fishing is very competitive in my family for those of us who love to fish. It’s a friendly competition; but a competition, none the less. We spend a lot of our time fishing at our family cabin in Wisconsin. It’s a place I’ve gone to my entire life to swim, water ski and most of all fish.

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Community events are back. Hugo Good Neighbor days was a hit, and fireworks were impressive. White Bear Lake’s Marketfest kicks off July 1 after a year off. The Manitou Days community festival begins with the parade at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 2 followed by the Beach Dance from 8-11 p.m. at Me…

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IT’S A WELCOME relief that we are gaining control of the Covid-19 virus through safe practices and vaccinations. 

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Throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, the last week is here or near to put a close to one heck of an unusual school year. What does this mean? It means fewer buses on our neighborhood streets and more kids out riding bikes, rollerblading and skateboarding. Kids are heading to golf courses, bas…

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Last summer didn’t really feel much like a summer since everything was canceled. This year, I’m so excited because many of the events we look forward to will return. 

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LIVING IN MINNESOTA where we have four seasons, spring brings about long lists of projects, home maintenance, gardening, and recreational toys that need service. With Covid-19 subsiding, people are recognizing they need some catch-up with their medical services, too.

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Everyone has favorite establishments in our community, from professional services to food, entertainment and live music. We’re happy to announce The White Bear Press is launching the Readers’ Choice Best of the Press, for the second year. To do this we need your help to nominate your favorit…

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Following the turmoil and uncertainty of the past year, the unfolding of events over the past month has brought a sense of relief. Because of a somewhat superstitious nature and having seen far too many premature celebrations gone wrong, relief is about all I can muster at this point. Perhap…

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WE’RE CONSIDERED SNOWBIRDS like a lot of other Midwest people who travel south for part or all of the winter. We arrived home this past week using three nights and four days covering the 1,500 miles from Fort Myers to White Bear Lake.

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More than 280 newspapers serve the state of  Minnesota. Back in 2016,we were treated to a keynote speech by Vice President Walter Mondale at the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association conference in Bloomington. Walter Mondale’s political career includes serving as Attorney General for the St…

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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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