Opinion

Angie Hong Guest Writer On the south end of Afton just before the road heads out of town, a small stream flows down from the wooded bluffs to meet the St. Croix River below. A little less than 3 miles long, Kelle’s Creek is groundwater-fed and surrounded by mostly undeveloped land. The stream is home [...]

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Fire truck fixes needed I read with dismay the remarks made by Councilman Dan Lee at the Aug. 19 Scandia city council meeting concerning the purchase of a new tanker truck for the fire department (in the Sept. 4 story “Preliminary survey in for Log House Landing”). When Fire Chief Hinz was grilled by the [...]

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Phil Graham, co-owner of the fabled Washington Post, once described journalists as those who craft the first rough drafts of history. Alan Barth, another journalist, is the earliest known source of the phrase “News is only the first rough draft of history,” writing it in 1943. Thirteen years ago this Thursday, newsrooms large and small [...]

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Chris Johnson Guest Columnist We all know that this county is aging and that our obesity levels are increasing across all age groups. We also know that parents’ busy schedules and the realities of getting older make staying connected within our community more difficult. Those factors are leading to higher health care costs and a [...]

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Barrett allegations serious I’m writing today in response to James Lentz’s Aug. 28 letter supporting Rep. Bob Barrett and stating that he’s been a union electrician for over 25 years. James Lentz’s support of Rep. Barrett is interesting. As a union electrician myself, I was very disappointed that Barrett didn’t support the bonding bill that [...]

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A five-point plan to close the high school graduation gap between white and and non-white high school students was unveiled Monday, Aug. 18 by Generation Next, a coalition of influential education, nonprofit, governmental and business leaders. This plan, which includes a surprising screening of 3-year-olds for health and emotional issues in selected Minneapolis and St. [...]

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