Opinion

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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If Minnesotans in 2009 were expecting Al Franken to arrive in Washington, D.C., as a bombastic elected official wanting to turn the U.S. Senate into a comedy hall, they were clearly mistaken. Instead, Sen. Al Franken became a low-key, out-of-the-limelight senator who quietly went about his business of serving Minnesota.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 4 Minnesotans will decide if they should keep Mark Dayton as their governor for the next four years. Dayton told ECM’s Editorial Board that under his leadership and policies, he has placed the state on the right moderate course with a balanced approach on spending and raising revenues. The board agrees that […]

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Two years ago I came out of retirement and ran for election to the Minnesota Senate in District 37. I did that because the partisan gridlock in St. Paul was harming our state, and we need good government that would act positively for everyone. I knew that shutting down our state government and simply blocking everything helped no one. Voters agreed and chose me to represent them.

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It was an early Sunday morning on a beautiful fall day in October. I, along with several others, was on an airplane destined for Orlando, Florida. The airplane was large and at capacity. I was traveling for work, however, many others were going to Orlando for fun – Disney World.

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The timeline running the length of the east wall in the community room at the Anoka City Hall tells of many events occurring in the city of Anoka, happy and otherwise. For instance, we learn that in 1853 Orin W. Rice built the first bridge across the Rum River and that winter saw the opening of the first Anoka Post Office. During the school year of 1853-54 school was held in the Old Company Boarding House with Miss Julia Woodman instructing the children, and the first religious organization was a Methodist class organized in December, 1854. The first school house, the “Third Avenue School,” was built on Third Avenue South in 1955. The same year the first ferry was launched across the Mississippi at Anoka.

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