Opinion

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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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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