The Minnesota Racing Commission announced this week the ratification of an agreement between Columbus’s Running Aces Harness Park and Minnesota Horse Racing, Inc., the group representing the Running Aces racers. After a dispute with the commission over the amount of money it had contributed to purse payments for MHR racers, the agreement sees Running Aces [...]

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Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes, even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to insure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits [...]

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Barrett complaint unfounded The Democrats’ recent attack on our state representative is outrageous. Many thousands of Chisago County residents are not buying the propaganda. We know Bob Barrett. Very few legislators do what he does. He works a full-time job in addition to serving us in the Minnesota House. He is an active member of [...]

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What should wise families, like careful coaches, help youngsters do to prepare for the upcoming school year? Forty-one district, charter and teacher union leaders recently responded to that question with specific, practical advice. Their suggestions tended to fall into three major areas: Re-establishing school year routines at least a few days before the first day [...]

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Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardener It seems we just got started on summer, and here we are talking about fall. There is still plenty of warm season left to enjoy our yards and gardens, but some lawn care chores are best done now. My lawn really suffered from the long, cold, snowy winter. I [...]

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Michael Freer is running for re-election to the Forest Lake City Council. He has filed for one of two four-year council seats in the city up for election this year. He released the following statement:  “I truly appreciate the trust the voters placed in me when they elected me to serve a four-year term on [...]

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