Opinion

Thank you, mayor A note of public thanks to Mayor Chris Johnson for the four years of progressive leadership he has provided to Forest Lake. While most of us were comfortably at home with our families, dedicated public servants like Mayor Johnson were spending endless hours working on the business of keeping Forest Lake a […]

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When last we left the tale of my mighty hiking club adventure, I and my fiancee, Kristina, had just completed the first of what would ultimately be 67 trails in 67 different state parks all across Minnesota. Interstate Park in Taylors Falls was a craggy, rocky, hilly experience that was a bit of a shock […]

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One of my saddest and happiest days in school was the first day I wore my glasses, in the third grade. I already disliked my ears, which stuck out, and now I was the only kid with glasses. I felt super ugly and hated the idea of going to school.Fortunately, a teacher intervened. She was […]

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It began with an off-hand comment that I never expected to materialize into anything and led to one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. I had just started dating my now fiancee, Kristina, and we were in the “get to know each other” phase of the relationship. She mentioned to me […]

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Beware of holiday commercialism Black Friday is almost here, but it is no longer the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season. In its place is Thanksgiving Day, which once upon a time was about family and friends but now shares the stage with the opportunity to save 15 bucks on, well, anything. This year, many […]

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Here’s some good news, looking ahead to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature’s discussions about improving public schools. Two leading Minnesota Senate Democrats described several of their priorities as similar to those described last week by leading House Republicans. While this doesn’t ensure agreement, it’s encouraging that these leaders share some similar priorities. They include a review […]

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