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Winter has always been my least favorite season. I moved to Minnesota nearly a decade ago but have yet to adapt to the bitterly cold months that comprise so much of our year, and February, in my humble opinion, is the worst of all. By the time it arrives, the novelty of the new year has fade…

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Minnesota is the only state in the nation with a divided Legislature — the House is majority DFL and the Senate is majority Republican. Why? Do Minnesotans desire some balance? 

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Old Man Winter has bedazzled our homes with spectacular icicles. As we drive through neighborhoods, it’s fun to look for the biggest and longest shapes forming as icicles. Some are crystal clear and others are brown and ugly.  However, throughout our neighborhoods, homes are under stress wit…

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

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Last Sunday, Press Publications hosted its 34th Annual Wedding Show. 

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Once again we have a Minnesotan who has put their name in for the nomination for president. On Sunday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her run. Over the past few years I have attended a few functions where Sen. Klobuchar was the keynote speaker. This will be an interesting race. A Democrat, Sen…

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Minnesota and Wisconsin were rocked by temperatures in the minus 20s last week. Wind chills were even colder, making it dangerous for anyone to be outside for more than a couple of minutes. Schools in the area were closed for four days. The meteorologists reported it was the coldest temperat…

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JANUARY 2019 IS almost over and the federal government politicians are still acting childish.  They have lost their way in negotiations and have forgotten about the citizens they represent.

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With our schools closed for Martin Luther King Day, what did kids or families do to remember his legacy? This national holiday is to celebrate life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights leader who helped to end racial segregation and advanced racial equality in the 1950s…

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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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It’s been 50 years since the historic year of 1968 came to a close, so I thought it was the appropriate time to revisit a topic that has been noted in previous columns and also in a contributed story in the White Bear Press last week.

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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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St. Lucia’s Day, celebrated on Dec. 13, brings me fond memories of dressing up in a white gown with a candle-wreath on my head and carrying a tray of sweet treats to distribute.

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As the first snow of the season hits, we here at Press Publications are still battling the last snowstorm that hit us in April. That heavy, wet snow accumulated on our roof and snapped 10 2x12 support stringers that held up the structure that covered half the square footage of office space. …

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Midwest folks of retirement age head south beginning in October as do waterfowl and other species with wings.

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Whether you’re traveling to a Thanksgiving meal or hosting one of your own, it’s a favored tradition for most of us. Growing up, our family would often travel to Park Rapids to join my grandparents; as I got older we went on family ski trips to Colorado, as it was timely with a downhill race…

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The dedication of a soldier’s memorial in downtown White Bear Lake Nov. 11 prompted a little  research into the meaning of Armistice Day and the end of World War I. The historic signing at Compiegne, France, took place at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month 100 years ago.  Abou…

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So you think you're special? The answer to that question — based on variables like genetic heritage, family of origin and life experiences — strongly points to the conclusion that yes, we are all indeed unique in some way.

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The trick–or-treat holiday is here. A few tips for this day include costume safety, children being accompanied by an adult, using cross walks and keeping costumes from obstructing sights and sounds. The American Academy of Pediatrics website has tips and suggestions, such as adding reflectiv…

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THE TWIN CITIES has always been a competitive market for the grocery business and it appears to be heating up again.

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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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My summer was not fun. In addition to being sick for pretty much all of it, my corgi puppy, named Twinkie, had to undergo heart surgery. 

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I READ WITH great interest a recent Star Tribune column by Jennifer Brooks entitled, “When there is news, but no paper.”

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A road trip out west reawakened an appreciation for the vast canopy of sky and beautiful vistas that stretch out for miles into the distance. It felt like whatever angst and worries that were weighing heavily before the journey were gradually shed and symbolically cast off into the wind with…

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Twenty-four-hour access to your local newspaper is available on all of your digital platforms from mobile phones, tablets, to laptops and desktop devices. 

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School classrooms have been scrubbed down, walls painted, and floors waxed. The coming of the new school year also brings big changes in traffic patterns, delays and slow moving buses. That first day of school you might as well schedule a late start at work, make your special someone a nice …

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THE 1968 EXHIBIT at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul was a meaningful time of reflection for Kathy and me.

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My husband, who is in his 30s, was diagnosed with shingles recently — an ailment that stereotypically affects golden-agers. When I went to CVS Pharmacy that day, I happened to see an ad for the Shingrix vaccine on the counter. 

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