Opinion

BY DON HEINZMAN ECM COLUMNIST In frontier days, the sheriff saddled up his horse, organized a posse and, with his deputies, enforced the laws of the West. My, how times have changed. In Hennepin County this year, a majority of the deputies are coming after Sheriff Rich Stanek and are out to defeat him with [...]

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BY BRAD AYERS GUEST COLUMNIST Nearly 80 years of living and a broad range of experiences has convinced me of the efficacy of the folk wisdom that we do not appreciate what we have until we lose it. This seems to be a uniquely human behavioral trait, often ignored at our own expense, happiness and [...]

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I recently read a letter in the Gazette submitted by Mr. Bob Pike of Lake Elmo. Mr. Pike makes the claim that Rep. Kathy Lohmer voted against streamlining the permitting process for businesses. He’s apparently overlooking the fact that several important pieces of legislation authored by Rep. Lohmer were signed into law this year by [...]

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Making Washington County Road 15 (Manning Avenue) a four-lane divided road in Lake Elmo was the subject of the meetings I attended Thursday, Sept. 18. Traffic engineers use 10 trips per day per home as a baseline for planning, thus our Comprehensive Plan affects not only the city of Lake Elmo, but also negatively impacts [...]

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BY MARNY STEBBINS GAZETTE COLUMNIST I don’t think my children’s birthdates are the winning numbers to the lottery. I’ve tried this tactic for years and it just has not proven itself successful. Because, I’m still buying lottery tickets. Actually, I have no intention of winning.  Don’t get me wrong, if I find myself holding a [...]

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Stender has what it takes Minnesota House Candidate Tim Stender stopped by my house the other day for a chat. He will have my vote because I think he has the right values for the job. First of all, he has a clear understanding of how working families are finding it harder and harder to [...]

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