Don Heinzman
A movement is underway nationwide to increase awareness of distracted driving and eventually make it illegal to talk on a cellphone while driving.  In Minnesota, Lakeville attorney Art Kosieradzki hopes to make students so aware of the dangers of distracted driving that they’ll organize a campaig...Read More
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You are going to hear a lot from legislators on how to fix the Metropolitan Council this session. It has limited power to tax, and it has power to run sewer, water, mass transit highways and parks systems and to help plan and regulate growth in the seven-county metropolitan area.  The Met Council h...Read More
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Don’t look for Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to be on the cover of Time magazine anytime soon, but it’s obvious that from an economic standpoint, Minnesota is a state that works. As you might recall, years ago, Gov. Wendell Anderson was pictured on the cover of Time magazine holding up a fish to il...Read More
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During this past year, I’ve written columns that featured special people who bettered other people’s lives. So here are my nominees of the special people I wrote about.  I enjoyed telling the story of Hero the golden Labrador, one of two in the country that comforts elementary school children j...Read More
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Wayzata taxpayers have been getting gifts from an unlikely group of givers who have the Christmas spirit all year long. Volunteers from the community have been giving their time since 2009, when the City Council had to cut a few positions to balance the budget. Back then, Mayor Ken Wilson suggested ...Read More
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A Stillwater school superintendent is asking a big question: Why do high school girls do better in the classroom than high school boys? Tom Nelson, who has been a superintendent for 20 years, recently wrote a guest column in the Stillwater Gazette that has some parents buzzing. He asked the followin...Read More
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It appears Minnesota Republicans are gearing up for a battle to give the state’s 80 outstate counties more legislative benefits. Republicans pulled a big surprise, capturing 11 seats and taking over leadership in the House of Representatives. Ten of the 11 were won in outstate districts. Most pund...Read More
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