At Random

The unseasonably cool weather we have been experiencing the past week or more has made for a nice reprieve for sleeping, but it has certainly put a damper on festivities throughout the region as many outdoor music festivals and other traditionally summertime events have had to adapt to more fall-like conditions. I was thoroughly impressed [...]

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This week Milaca, Bock, Pease and surrounding communities have been or will be participating in time-honored traditions celebrating our nation’s independence from foreign rule. Like most area natives, I have scores of memories from Bock Fourth of July parades and Pease fireworks. I can recall initial Bock gatherings that included no more than a handful [...]

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I have had several reminders this past week on why living in small-town Minnesota is preferable to living just about anywhere else on Earth. Bock’s annual Ride For Boobies breast cancer fundraiser for the Pink Ribbon Riders that took place this past Saturday was just one. As I stood on the sidewalks crowded with people [...]

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In early April, a Princeton North Elementary School paraprofessional was charged with malicious punishment of a child for allegedly dragging a noncompliant special education student into a classroom. Just this past Sunday, the Star Tribune published a scathing article about horrifying incidents in state schools concerning emotionally or developmentally impaired students (“Disabled students face dangerous [...]

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This past Tuesday marked the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, yet even with this sizable time frame and the benefits of hindsight, its legacy is still uncertain. I was 20-years-old when the announcement of the U.S. military invasion was made. As my peers and I eagerly awaited our next birthdays to [...]

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Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson deserves a huge thank you from state veterans and their families for her pursuit of for-profit colleges’ unscrupulous treatment of students receiving Montgomery G.I. benefits. Swanson announced last week that her office’s investigation into these businesses would focus on the fact that most of them are receiving millions of dollars [...]

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According to medical experts, one of the best cures for SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is to get moving. Local Sno Dayz events this weekend offer a chance to do just that. So, if like my husband, you are bemoaning February for being one of the coldest, sunless, nastiest months of the year, I encourage all [...]

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