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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Forest Lake organist Matt Haider will hold a free concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Forest Lake Church of St. Peter, 1250 South Shore Dr. This is Haider’s first concert in Forest Lake since he moved to Chicago in January of 2011. The recital will feature works that are themed around faith. Some […]

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The Forest Lake Lions Club recently announced the 2014 winners of their annual poster contest. This year’s theme was peace, love, and understanding. The first prize winner recieved $50 and a chance to move on to the district competition, and the three-way tie for second place winners each received $30. Pictured is Lion Lou Trudeau […]

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Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau held a fall open house Nov. 5. The bureau was orignally created in conjunction with law enforcement in 1976 as a diversion service to keep first-time young offenders from re-offending. The program has since evolved to include youth enrichment and leadership and family support in addition to early intervention for […]

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