Opinion

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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It’s garden clean up time and that includes harvesting and drying onions before storing. My crop this year did not meet my expectations regarding the size of the bulbs. Most of them are small: almost shallot sized of a couple of inches or less in diameter. This led me to think about onions and analyze what happened this year.

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It never ceases to amaze me how fast time goes by each fall when the new school year begins. The end of our first trimester is only a month away. Parent and teacher conferences at all of our schools have been held and the annual Education Minnesota professional conference in St. Paul has already taken place. Many fall activities and sports are done with their regular seasons and we are in the midst of post-season play. With the new school year off to a great start, I’d like to share with you a very exciting change on the horizon in Independent School District 15.

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