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One of the highlights of my job is the fact that I get to be chair of the Region 2A Minnesota State High School League Board for two years. This year is the last of four years serving on this committee, and February each year brings a highlight for the group. This is the time [...]

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As the New Year kicks off the second half of the school year, this also brings about the start of the legislative session in Minnesota.  Much has been written and talked about with the Democrat/Farmer/Laborer Party being in control of both houses and the Governor’s office as the legislators start or resume their duties. I [...]

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County sheriffs in the Twin Cities area would rather talk about the need for earlier identification and better treatment and housing of people with mental illness than discuss more restrictions on guns. It is the county sheriff who grants the permit for an applicant to carry a gun in public, concealed or visible. (Permitting gun [...]

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2012 has been a busy and successful year for Carver County. As the year comes to a close, I would like to highlight some of the many accomplishments and endeavors. Carver County remains financially sound and strong as we continue to retain the highest possible AAA bond rating. The $88.5 million 2013 Budget is nearly [...]

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Each day, a typical Minnesotan creates roughly seven pounds of waste, but from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases more than 25 percent. Additional food waste, packaging, wrapping paper and decorations add up to one million tons a week to the nation’s garbage piles. How does this affect our water? It takes tons [...]

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Hilks Lake and Goose Lake near the western edge of Waconia and Swede Lake near Watertown all froze over Nov. 24 and have kept their ice covers. Some other area lakes froze over in late November and opened up again a few days later, and some are freezing-up for the first time this week. Freezing [...]

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