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Minnesota roundup: One dead in crash near Moorhead; Crow Wing County votes to not redistribute condoms
Republicans want to delay, change vegetative buffers around Minnesota waters; Dayton says no way
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Early-childhood education money in dispute
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Girls track preview: Talented trio to lead Tigers
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Baseball preview: Veterans looking to lead bounce-back season
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A helping hand for ducks
Lerew Kaas achieves Eagle Scout
Local teen earns Eagle Scout rank
Master Recycler/Composter classes begin March 14
Carpet care 101: How to refresh after a brutal winter
Moon Glow lights up the night
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Letter: Budget is against the best interests of Minnesota
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Pat Rupp: Comparing the movie-going experience, then and now
Pat Rupp: New rule changes in golf still not enough
Joe Atkins: Good people are Dakota County's secret to success
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December 15, 2016
Letter: Minnesota taxes veterans benefits and social security
The inventor of the Big Mac and the inventor of General Tso’s chicken both died this week. The reason I mention it is this is what exists as headline news in the media today. Buried in the bowels of the internet is a story about Minnesota being in the top-10 worst states for people...
December 15, 2016 - 5:30am
December 10, 2016
Pat Rupp: Ghosts of Christmas trees (and nuts) past
Sometime within the next few days my spouse and I will make our annual pilgrimage to the neighborhood nursery to purchase a Christmas tree. If it's like most occasions, it will take awhile to pick one from the forest of possibilities. There will be pines, firs and spruces of all shapes...
December 10, 2016 - 5:30am
December 3, 2016
Pat Rupp: Trip to the People's Stadium a long day's journey
The first time I took my dad to a University of Minnesota basketball game at the even-then ancient Williams Arena was way back in 1977. Upon arrival, he gazed up at the distant rafters and uttered the now cliché, "I'll bet this barn would hold a lot of hay." I couldn't help but think...
December 3, 2016 - 5:30am
December 2, 2016
Deanna Weniger: Fly birdie, fly, but parting is such sweet sorrow
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. Similarly, you can lead a high school senior to the next big life choice, but you can't make him leap. However, you can push him. I'm currently in full-on, shoulder-to-the-wheel pushing mode, but my solid rock of a stubborn...
December 2, 2016 - 5:30am
December 1, 2016
Editorial: State your case through Truth-in-Taxation
The Minnesota Department of Revenue estimates that property taxes could climb $344.3 million statewide in 2017. That would amount to a 3.8 percent increase over 2016. That projected increase is contingent on each and every local government across the state approving the preliminary...
December 1, 2016 - 1:30pm
November 25, 2016
Pat Rupp: Odds are political polling is a bad bet
Throughout the eternal presidential election campaign recently concluded, the American public was bombarded with stimuli that boggled the mind. E-mails, provocative videos, outrageous claims, outright lies and, most of all, polls, polls, polls. New poll numbers seemed to appear daily...
November 25, 2016 - 5:30am
November 24, 2016
Kim Ukura: On renovations and refreshing your spaces
I've spent most of my free time in the last four weeks doing home renovations. In late October, I moved into a lovely, split-level townhome with my sister, Jenny. It's set up perfectly for two people — she's setting up on the top level, and I'm settling in on the ground floor....
November 24, 2016 - 5:30am
November 19, 2016
Pat Rupp: How Sophi made me a cat person
In my family of origin, pets were anything but major players. To the best of my recollections, the animal kingdom of my youth consisted of a couple of parakeets, Ike and Pepper, and a nameless goldfish and turtle. I didn't care much for dogs either, mainly because I still have nightmares...
November 19, 2016 - 5:30am
November 12, 2016
Emily Piper: Nearly 500 Minnesota children are waiting for homes
Think of your kids, nieces or nephews or other young people in your life and then think of what they need each day to grow into great adults: care, guidance, stability and unconditional love. Hundreds of children in Minnesota are waiting for families to give them just that.
November 12, 2016 - 5:30am
November 11, 2016
Amy Klobuchar: On Veterans Day and every day, honoring service
Every year, right after Election Day, we gather to honor our veterans. But this year's election was unlike many others. It was contentious. It got ugly. It even tested the bounds of our democracy. So, here we are. On the other side. And after so much focus on what divides us, today...
November 11, 2016 - 12:30pm
Pat Rupp: Going on the road again
One of the best aspects of senior citizenship is having the ability — cost and inconvenience notwithstanding — to travel. My marriage partner and I have taken advantage of that freedom often over the past decade but never anything quite like last month's 10-day road trip...
November 11, 2016 - 5:30am
November 10, 2016
Deanna Weniger: Six survival tips for home parties
It's that time of year. The leaves are falling, the pumpkin spice is flowing and the home parties are calling. Wanna buy some Tupperware? How about some jewelry? Essential oils? Fancy bags? Kitchen gadgets? Women, who may turn down these invitations in April, fall for them in October...
November 10, 2016 - 5:30am
November 5, 2016
Pat Rupp: Newspapers and the Match Game
Though happily married and well beyond the need for such services, I am nonetheless intrigued by the abundance of dating services advertised online and on television. Most require detailed personal information which a computer matches with others who have like interests. Some cater...
November 5, 2016 - 5:30am
October 27, 2016
Letter: Little is more than a mayor in Lakeville
If you look at Matt Little’s community involvement and energy, it’s clear he has been more than a mayor for us. He is dependable and enthusiastic about the growth of our city. He has taken part in events and grand openings such as a fashion show at Be-YOU-tiful salon and the Board...
October 27, 2016 - 1:07pm
Letter: Bonar, Donnelly should be re-elected
With Election Day drawing near, I would like to take a few moments to remind everyone to take the time to know and research your local candidates for office. These races aren’t as electrifying as those with the TV commercials or newspaper ads, but this local Farmington City Council...
October 27, 2016 - 12:07pm