Don Heinzman
Times are changing for parents caught between raising their own families and dealing with their aging parents. At the same time, their own youngsters, unable to find a well-paying job and burdened with college debt, are living at their home. A new kind of space is needed. The Richfield City Council ...Read More
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There’s garbage collection politics in several suburbs and probably more to come. Thanks to a law revised in 2013, cities can change how haulers of garbage, yard waste and recyclables are regulated. Now, in many communities, there are up to seven garbage haulers in an open system who contract indi...Read More
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After many years of covering suburban city council, planning commission and school board meetings, I have concluded suburban government in general is good government. Rarely will you find fraud and illegalities in suburban government. Furthermore, I’m convinced that voters, once they have access t...Read More
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Did you vote in the last general election? If your answer is yes, congratulations. If it is no, your new Secretary of State Steve Simon has some ideas to make voting easier for you. It’s true that Minnesota usually is among the top voter turnout states for the general elections, but the turnout fo...Read More
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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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