Opinion

The Forest Lake Times allows each candidate running for a local office one free filing statement announcing his or her candidacy. The Forest Lake Times doesn’t solicit this announcement from the candidate; it’s up the candidate to submit their filing statement to the newspaper if they wish to do so. The announcement needs to be [...]

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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.” Many of us have experienced that scenario in our lives. [...]

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Scandia employee policy As a member of Scandia Fire and Rescue, I have heard all about the “perk” of allowing car washing for department members. I have served for about 24 years and maybe washed my car a handful of times. This “perk” is rarely used and a ridiculous topic for Scandia’s part-time leaders. There’s [...]

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Have you ever met someone who’s given you a lengthy introduction?  Moments after you shake this person’s hand, he launches into a lengthy oral autobiography, listing his life’s achievements, his childhood foibles, his struggles and his perseverance to succeed. If he has a map handy, perhaps he’ll point out his hometown and the current location [...]

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Youngsters like Kerrie Maleski, Kayley Schoonmaker, Matt Rubel and Will Tully are part of a major trend in Minnesota. They are among the growing number of students in Minnesota’s two-year community colleges. They’ve also been elected as leaders of the Minnesota State College Student Association. National research says cost and preparation for good jobs is [...]

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Bill is important Recently there was a letter to the editor in this paper about Rep. Barrett running a picture of some union laborers and that the picture in the campaign brochure implied support for Rep. Barrett (“Wrong Impression,” June 26). The union folks said they don’t support Rep. Barrett because he didn’t support the [...]

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