Opinion

Minnesotans traditionally vote in large numbers during midterm elections. Will the Tuesday, Nov. 4, elections once again place Minnesota among national leaders in turnout? If past history is repeated, the state will again be a leader, much as it was four years ago when the state led the nation in voter turnout with nearly 56 percent of registered voters casting ballots. That’s good, but far below the 71 percent of registered voters who turned out for the 2012 presidential election.

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Last week, I traveled to the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, for some professional development. Poynter is a Mecca for journalists anxious to learn more about their field and the world around them.

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Here are five questions you might want to ask school board candidates or members running for re-election this fall. Because schools play a huge role in making communities attractive places to live and work, you might also talk with the other board members, whose seats aren’t up for election, about these issues.

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Regarding my absences from the Coon Rapids Safety Commission, Bruce Sanders (Oct. 23, 2014, UnionHerald) fails to mention that my absences occurred while I was serving as a legislative assistant to Senator Ted Lillie at times directly in conflict with the commission meetings

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Upon entering the lower level community room at Anoka City Hall you see before you on the far wall a collage of black and white photos. There are 91 in all, not including a model of early Anoka. Best of all, the photos are numbered and each one can be identified by a key located front and center of the collage.

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It can sometimes be challenging to narrow the topics to cover in these monthly columns. There is usually a long list of topics that we want to share with our community – topics that we believe you need and want to know about your school district.

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The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has its roots in the Chicago Produce Exchange, which was formed in 1874. By 1898 the Butter and Egg Board becomes a division of the produce exchange. It was out of the Butter and Egg Board that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange was actually formed.

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On the way home from an early movie the other day around 1 p.m. I got a call from my friend, Travis. Travis is an avid birder and photographer and we often share our bird finds with each other. In his call this time he reminded me that he often takes his camera on his lunch breaks to a nearby cemetery in north Minneapolis named Hillside and that just now he found an American Bittern next to a maple tree.

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