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Minnesota roundup: Brainerd day care center license revoked after child found wandering; Dayton vetoes co-op bill
District considers Principal Dan Miller for new director position
FHS bands perform winter concerts, Jubilee
Minnesota House Republicans detail $6 billion transportation plan
Dayton says refusal to send officers to ND not political
crime and courts
Baseball preview: Veterans looking to lead bounce-back season
Softball preview: Pitcher-catcher combo provides valuable experience for Tigers
A helping hand for ducks
Steffes, Sprang are Athena Award nominees
Girls basketball: Tigers take out Owatonna, fall to North in semifinals
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
Hot Air Affair Parade lights up downtown
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Richard D. Martin, 67
William H. Geraghty, 86
Todd A. Hochsprung, 52
Scarlet A. Wagner, 7
Robert "Bob" Sender, 68
Pat Rupp: New rule changes in golf still not enough
Joe Atkins: Good people are Dakota County's secret to success
Chuck Brooks: Memories of St. Patrick's Day in Fox Lake resurface
Minding our Elders: Can weather and lunar activity affect people living with dementia?
Letters: What happened to local government control?; Student loan debt no laughing matter
Real Estate Showcase
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
June 19, 2016
Editorial: Ambassadors will make Farmington proud
The Miss Farmington pageant has come a long way since its early days. It has grown, become more complete. Being named MIss Farmington isn’t just a quick path to a scholarship. It’s a commitment to represent your hometown for a year, and it’s an invitation to learn more about...
June 19, 2016 - 5:59am
June 18, 2016
Nathan Hansen: Bring on that cool, cool air
I’m getting soft in my old age. Or maybe it’s my advancing middle age. Does that sound better? It probably does. I’m getting soft in my advancing middle age. I’m also getting soft in my middle. The two might be related. The unsettling reality of the situation is hitting...
June 18, 2016 - 5:59am