Opinion

I own a home in Coon Rapids. The city came to me and said the main is leaking under my driveway. They told me they have to tear up my driveway to repair the water leak. I said OK. Guess what? There was no water leak. I asked the city to repair my driveway like it was before all this started.

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“These teachers have dedicated their lives to serving students and been recognized for outstanding work. As we examine how to improve public policy, it’s important to hear from some of the best of the best. We need to learn from their success.” That’s how state Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, explained a recent hearing he convened at which seven recent Minnesota Teachers of the Year shared suggestions about strengths and priorities for public education.

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Regional airport managers in the Twin Cities area are concerned because there aren’t enough young men and women flying private and commercial airplanes to replace the retiring pilots. There also is a growing shortage of trained people to fill the aeronautical jobs of the future.

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Behind the rhetoric of November elections, lies a nearly universal desire for community. Historically, Anoka County’s citizens have always had a handle on that concept. From the communal cabin raisings of our earliest pioneers to the many civic organizations that exist today, Anoka County folks have always known that grass roots efforts can achieve what government often cannot.

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How the Blaine City Council can justify keeping any cash ($125,396 in 2013) from designated tax monies in a special savings account (the Blaine Charitable Gambling Fund) at the year end is beyond me, in reference Blaine-Spring Lake Park Life article in the Oct. 24 edition.

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In 1905 Albert Goodrich published “A History of Anoka County.” I refer to it frequently for my columns, and sometimes it’s just downright fun reading. In the spirit of Halloween, I’d like to share Albert’s rib-tickling account of the Temperance Movement in Anoka with you.

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