Opinion

By Helmar Heckel We cannot stop death from happening, but in some measure we can prepare for it. Learning to depart from this world is a secret that I want to explore with you for a few minutes. We all are aware of how hard, tough and tearful it was for us to be with those […]

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Students urge citizens to keep water supply clean To the editor: We are two of the fourth grade students at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Waconia and we’d like to share a few facts and ideas with you about how to make our water healthy for all and generations to come. This fall, our class […]

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Writer comments on Oregon woman’s choice To the editor: How sad to hear of the 29-year-old young lady who set the date to end her life this past weekend in Oregon. Suffering from a cancerous brain tumor, she moved to Oregon where she could legally buy the drugs to end her life. She chose the […]

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In the Oct. 30 Waconia Patriot, a portion of the rebuttal letter to the editor from Commissioner Tim Lynch needs to be clarified. An Oct. 23 letter writer claimed that “Tim Lynch helped raise the property tax levy another 4.2 percent.” That information is correct in regards to the county’s levy for 2014. Lynch’s response […]

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By John Braland Everyone suffers tragedy. Tragedy comes in every shape and size imaginable. Job loss, chronic illness, divorce, trauma, the death of a family member, spouse, or when we hear the words “You have cancer,” everything changes. It’s one thing to hear about someone else’s tragedy, it’s another when it’s your own. The strange […]

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Minnesotans traditionally vote in large numbers during midterm elections. Will the Tuesday, Nov. 4 elections once again place Minnesota among national leaders in turnout? If past history is repeated, the state will again be a leader, much as it was four years ago when the state led the nation in voter turnout with nearly 56 […]

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