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Farmington clean up days: Dump the old dryer, but not in the pond
Higher education bills call for Minnesota State tuition freezes
Dakota Electric annual meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 27
Minnesota roundup: Jury convicts Blaine driver who hit man standing by mailbox
Egg hunt focus of FBA's Easter event
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
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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FORECLOSURE: MERS/Wells Fargo v. Coffey; 17-105811
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PLAN COMM 4-27-2017
World Savings Bank vs English
Richard D. Martin, 67
William H. Geraghty, 86
Todd A. Hochsprung, 52
Scarlet A. Wagner, 7
Robert "Bob" Sender, 68
Letter: Budget is against the best interests of Minnesota
Letter: Trouble at Lake Julia park is bad for neighbors
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
Real Estate Showcase
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
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 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 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 22, 2016
Pat Rupp: A good reason to vote early
My first and only Air Force assignment after basic training came my way back in the fall of 1969 in what would turn out to be a four-year gig at Lackland Air Force Base located in San Antonio, Texas. One of the clearest memories of that autumn was following the political shenanigans...
October 22, 2016 - 5:43am
October 15, 2016
Pat Rupp: The greatest story barely told
Eight years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the United States Congress enacted Title IX of the Educational Amendments, legislation that changed the landscape of high school and college athletics forever. The guts of the law reads as follows: "No person in the United...
October 15, 2016 - 5:48am
September 23, 2016
Pat Rupp: The generation gap
The term "generation gap" has probably been around since at least the early 1900s when Americans born from 1880 to 1900 were tabbed the Lost Generation because of the large loss of American lives in World War I. Each passing generation has earned its own moniker starting with the...
September 23, 2016 - 5:22am
September 15, 2016
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
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
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