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Sun
09
Jun

Give me a home where the buffalo roam


A view of bison on the Belwin prairie. (submitted photo)

People in the crowd gather tight and whisper excitedly. Children stand on tiptoes, while adults crane their necks. There’s a communal inhale and then BOOM! The gates open and the bison race out of the trailer and into the prairie. When Charlie and Lucy Bell set aside 200 acres of land along Valley Creek in Afton back in 1970, did they realize that their actions would eventually allow for the return of bison to the St. Croix Valley?

Mon
27
May

Judicial Review - Minnesota’s prison system

You probably know that there are two prisons in Washington County:  The Stillwater prison (which is actually in Bayport) and the Oak Park Heights prison.
Did you know that there are also eight other prisons in Minnesota?  Nine are for men. The State’s only women’s prison is in Shakopee.
Why are there so many prisons? Aren’t they all the same?

Sun
26
May

Fourth year for “Art in the Hollow”

The East Side’s beautiful Swede Hollow Park will host its fourth annual free art fest, “Art in the Hollow,” on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of Swede Hollow, the event has become larger and more varied each year.

Thu
23
May

Giving a drink to the river herself


A young girl squats to gather water from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. (submitted photo)

On March 1, Sharon Day started walking and she didn’t stop for a long time. Every day for two months, she and four other “Water Walkers” - Deon Kirby, Ira Johnson, Beth Brent, and Barb Baker-Iarush – walked beside the Mississippi River, all the way from Minnesota to Louisiana. Several hundred people joined the walkers here and there throughout their journey. Strangers would put them up at night, and tribes provided lodging.

Thu
23
May

Fighting metal theft in Minnesota communities

Across Minnesota, communities have been facing a rash of robberies. But these thieves aren’t your common thugs stealing TVs or computers — instead they’re going after high-priced metal from businesses, homes and even veterans’ graves, and selling it to scrap dealers to make a quick buck.

Tue
21
May

Music at your Washington County Library

With inspiration from the “Buffalo Gals” folk song, children’s book author Joanne Ryder wrote the words to the picture book “Dance by the Light of the Moon.” In the story, she has animals gathering for a barnyard dance organized by Farmer Snow. I recently re-read the book to a favorite little person. Charlotte said, “Sing it, Gramma!” And I did, because somehow it’s best that way.

Tue
21
May

A grandparent’s wisdom  

Becoming a grandparent is a wonderful opportunity to offer love, support and all the knowledge we have acquired throughout our years of raising children.
We have many answers to the childrearing questions our sons and daughters may have and are only too happy to impart our words of wisdom. We feel we know best as we have been in these situations and our children are living proof that we did the right thing. 

Thu
16
May

Will he still be singing in August?

On one of our rare warm evenings this spring, I hustled out of the Oakdale Target store with hopes of getting home in time to squeeze in a bike ride before nightfall.
It’s an unusually quiet store, and the parking lot was nearly deserted as I settled in behind the steering wheel. Just as I was reaching for the car door, I heard a faint bird song off in the distance.

Tue
14
May

You know you need financial advice, but from whom?

Whether you are just starting a retirement fund or need additional help with managing your money, you may benefit from information on selecting an investment services professional.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds investors that it pays to understand the differences between a broker-dealer agent, an investment adviser representative, and a financial planner. Each serves a distinct role in helping with your financial future.

Tue
14
May

Isaacson opposes salary increase

As the Minnesota House and Senate begin ironing out differences between our budgets in conference committees, I want to let my constituents know that I staunchly oppose including legislative pay raises in the final product. 
Unlike the Senate, the House budget does not include legislative pay raises. 

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