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CROSSLAKE—At the spry age of 74, Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Crosby, is becoming something of a practitioner of sudden reversals—at least in terms of his future plans.
LEGIONVILLE, Minn.—Volunteer crews finally won the weeks-long battle with the bog Sunday, June 10, the culmination of hundreds of man-hours spent in hot, humid conditions, wielding chainsaws and powering boats to dismember it. "When the last piece went, all the volunteers yelled 'Hey! We did it!'" said Bill Schmidt, the president of North Long Lake Association. "That really tells you about it."
BAXTER, Minn.—Representatives of Minnesotans for Line 3 stopped in Baxter Tuesday, May 15, to present their side of a debate that's been a central focus of environmental issues in the state since 2013, when the Enbridge Line 3 replacement oil pipeline first was proposed. Billed as an informational presentation, the room was furnished for a group setting. One person attended.
DEERWOOD, Minn.—Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson was in Deerwood Monday, May 7, "spreading the word" on a wave of newer, modern variants of traditional phone scams that are creating a surge in fraud and identity theft plaguing Minnesotans and people across the United States.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Long-term stewardship—especially in terms of environmental issues—shapes much of Ray "Skip" Sandman's platform, which also places a high emphasis on the issue of health care, addressing the student loan debt crisis, economic revitalization and his opposition to the influx of money in politics and corporate personhood. The Independence Party candidate for District 8 and newly retired member of the Duluth community, Sandman said he is always thinking of things in terms of generations—seven, in fact—as a result of his upbringing.
WOODBURY, Minn. — Let it be known that while Mary Giuliani Stephens respects experience, she isn't a fan of precedent, tradition or time-honored solutions if they're not getting the job done now. Describing Minnesota as a "good state" that's been "resting on its laurels," Giuliani Stephens—the mayor of Woodbury and a Republican candidate for governor—said there is a need to bring the state into the 21st century.
BRAINERD, Minn.—It could be said no one wants to live more than a victim of suicide. Paradoxical? Maybe. But, subtle distinction as it may be, it's a misconception suicidal people just want to end their own biological existences, said Jack Hinrichs, a licensed therapist based in New Brighton and the director of training and development at Nystrom & Associates LTD. At a fundamental level, suicide is about relieving psychological pain, he noted, and relief can be found in other ways. When given the right support and care, more often than not, people choose life.
BRAINERD, Minn., — The ills of social media and smartphone use have been harped upon ad nauseum—often in some kind of anecdote picturing a bunch of teens around a table, noses firmly pressed into their phones, ignoring each other and oblivious to the world around them.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Money, former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson said, and lots of it — that might be the single greatest ailment of modern politics and a central issue of the 2018 election cycle if the "Fix Politics Now" campaign has its way.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Central Lakes College hosted a session Wednesday, Feb. 8, regarding aging and elder care in central Minnesota—a subject that's been gaining traction as more of the population moves into their twilight years. The session was headlined by state Sens. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, and Karin Housley, R-St. Mary's Point.