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Pat Rupp: Ghosts of Christmas trees (and nuts) past
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Deanna Weniger: Fly birdie, fly, but parting is such sweet sorrow
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September 22, 2016
Letter: Democrats no longer represent the little guy
When did the roles of the major political parties get reversed? For many decades Republicans were blamed or credited for supporting the goals of businesses and allegedly drawing fat cat donors. A careful scrutiny of current donors shows that the biggest political PACs, labor unions,...
September 22, 2016 - 4:34am
September 16, 2016
Deanna Weniger: Jury duty is no laughing matter
Getting called for jury duty is a learning experience. I learned how to follow hand-drawn signs down ripped up roads to the appropriate parking ramp in St. Paul. The construction had my Google maps girl arguing with herself. I learned a lot about my fellow jurors, who for whatever...
September 16, 2016 - 5:54am
September 15, 2016
Letter: Matt Little’s vision helped the city of Lakeville
I took a half day off a couple weeks ago and I got home to find Matt Little (the mayor of Lakeville) campaign hiking through my neighborhood. I’ve heard a bunch of politicians talk about going door to door but I’d never actually seen one doing it. But that’s Matt Little. Matt...
September 15, 2016 - 8:50am
Pat Rupp: Mom and P.T. were right
Maplewood police reported last week that five of its citizens had been scammed out of $180,000 over the past couple of weeks. Perhaps that fact alone is enough to get one's attention, but the details are even more eye-popping. One poor soul contracted with a company online that would...
September 15, 2016 - 5:53am
September 9, 2016
Faith Notes: Feel Free to disturb our Lord
When you walk down a hotel hallway, what do you often see hanging from the doorknobs? Little signs that say, "Do No Disturb" or "Come Back Later." What an accurate description of the attitude of many people toward the claims of Christ and God's promises for us. Not only on Sunday...
September 9, 2016 - 5:22am
September 8, 2016
Chuck Brooks: Reflections on five years writing
Welcome back! Summer is behind us; school is underway; Halloween is alive and well in all the stores. What more could you ask for? It was another quick summer. Onward to autumn.
September 8, 2016 - 5:21am
September 7, 2016
Pat Rupp: No longer a man on the run
Somewhere in my mid 30's, about the time my waistline started to expand like the national debt, I decided to jump on the bandwagon of the day, distance running. It wasn't exactly distance running in the beginning as my Stan Smith tennis shoes and deplorable physical condition wouldn't...
September 7, 2016 - 8:37am
August 31, 2016
Chuck Brooks: Good teachers are always working
The unofficial ending weekend to summer hath arrived. The State Fair is on its last legs. Students are with their parents frantically buying school supplies and new clothes for that first day impression. Ahhhh....the start of another school year. There's nothing like it. Am I being...
August 31, 2016 - 2:58pm
Pat Rupp: So you want to be on the school board?
Fortunately, this newspaper is void of the weekly comings and goings of the 2016 United States presidential race. No mention of missing e-mails, Twitter rants, and meaningless poll results. Thank you and pass the antacids. The closest items our publication has going in the political...
August 31, 2016 - 2:58pm
Kim Ukura: Jumping into a new community
Hello, readers. My name is Kim Ukura, and I am the new editor of the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages. By the time the print edition of the paper has arrived in your home, I'll have been in this position for a week — just long enough that the glow of a new job has...
August 31, 2016 - 1:02pm
August 24, 2016
Deanna Weniger: A recipe in redundancy
Perfectionism runs in my husband’s family. Control issues run in mine. Stir in a dash of Minnesota Nice. Add a generous helping of passive aggressiveness. Throw it all into planning a 50th anniversary party and you’ve got a recipe for redundancy. My in-laws wanted a big party...
August 24, 2016 - 9:06am
August 17, 2016
Deanna Weniger: Pinterest fail
Remember when a cake, candles and a roll of crepe paper were the only tools necessary to throw a great birthday party? Or when you spent time being creative making your own hand-drawn “Congratulations!” sign for a friend or graduate? None of that is good enough any more. Pinterest,...
August 17, 2016 - 2:06pm
June 26, 2016
Deanna Weniger: Law and order
I’ve been watching a lot of Law and Order lately, driving my family crazy with the constant “DUN DUN” sound effect from the show. It’s even worse when I walk around the house using it to make things more dramatic. “The question remains, family, who left the milk out? DUN...
June 26, 2016 - 5:59am
Editorial: Celebrate diversity in your hometown
There was some ugliness last year when the Muslim American Society of Minnesota announced plans to turn a former Rosemount bowling alley into a mosque. Residents of Rosemount and other nearby cities let loose with hateful, unsupported rhetoric against a group that, like the members...
June 26, 2016 - 5:59am
June 25, 2016
Nathan Hansen: Goodbye, Independent Town Pages
I was never supposed to be here. Not this job. Definitely not this long. I didn’t grow up dreaming of reporting the news. I never took a journalism class. I never wanted to break the next Watergate. I don’t even like Watergate. It exposed a massive government scandal, and I guess...
June 25, 2016 - 5:59am