Opinion

The 3rd Congressional District offered new and more diverse boundaries in 2012 when 58 percent of voters elected Erik Paulsen (R). Although the district is considered one of the most affluent in Minnesota because of its inclusion of Edina, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove and Wayzata, it also offers a blue collar work ethic from cities like Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids and Bloomington, and a more rural perspective from places like Minnetrista, Maple Plain and Victoria.

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There is a time when experience must come into play as voters decide how their ballots will be cast. In the 6th Congressional District contest on Tuesday, Nov. 4, we believe that Republican Tom Emmer of Delano is the candidate best prepared to serve in Washington, D.C.

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On the lower level of Anoka City Hall, to the left of the staircase is a large community room, used for public gatherings. I first made its acquaintance when Anoka County Historical Society held one of its annual meetings there. As you enter, you see the windowed wall to the right overlooking a stretch of the Rum River that is bookended by the Rum River Dam to your right and the Main Street Bridge to your left. Running the length of the opposite wall is a timeline dating from 1682—long before Anoka was a city and Minnesota a state; when France lay claim to the vast territory west of the Mississippi that was formerly a possession of Spain, giving up its claim to England in 1763. England held it for the next 120 years or until the American Revolution when the Crown lost claim to all of its possessions in what had now become the United States of America. By 1783 this vast expanse of land had become known as “the Northwest Territory.”

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There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame. Whether it’s the Fire Hydrant Capital of the world in Albertville, Alabama, the giant statue of Paul Bunyan welcoming visitors to Brainerd, Minnesota, or the giant ice cream sundae statue in LeMars, Iowa, every city has a desire to be known for something.

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I strongly encourage you to vote for Jerry Koch for mayor of Coon Rapids. I have known Jerry Koch for the last 18 years and officed with him for six or seven of those years, as well as serving overlapping terms on the Epiphany Parish Council with him.

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When I saw on the Minnesota Ornithological Union’s website that there was a Rufous Hummingbird spotted down near Le Sueur, Minnesota I was immediately intrigued. The only hummingbird that I had ever seen in Minnesota was the Ruby Throated. I had noticed on the Ornithological Union’s checklist (under accidental species) five other species of hummingbirds which included the Rufous. Those only rarely passed through our state.

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E.E. Christensen met death at Dr. Frank’s farm Sunday night. Mr. Christensen, who with his son-in-law, Mr. Oehman, runs the Dr. Frank farm, was killed by a two year old bull Sunday night.

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