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Mon
18
Nov

A look back at the JFK years: A time of tears

I’m a political junkie. I follow political horse races with the same enthusiasm that others follow their favorite sports teams.
The seeds were planted decades ago. I remember my parents joking that they cancelled each other out the first time they voted in a national election.  Mom preferred Adlai Stevenson, while Dad liked Ike.

Mon
18
Nov

A look back at the JFK years: ‘We sat in shock’

As a 16-year-old, I stretched out my hand as far as I could but missed shaking hands with John Kennedy by inches in the crowd. Still, I was thrilled to see him up close at O’Hare as he flew to Chicago for a 1960 presidential campaign visit.

Fri
15
Nov

Curbside recycling opportunities greater than ever

Here it comes again—we’re playing the “recycling” card. But we have exciting news about  recycling–particularly regarding recycling additional plastics! Well, one waste hauler licensed in Oakdale and other communities recently significantly increased the materials they accept for recycling. Let’s look at the list right away:

Fri
15
Nov

When in doubt, don’t give it out

Scams and crooked deals are everywhere today, often where we least expect it. When you’re home answering the phone, browsing the Internet, checking the mail, or opening your door, scam artists and fraudulent operators look for ways to get your Social Security number and other private information. At every turn, you can protect yourself by following one easy principle. If someone contacts you and claims to need your private information, think twice and remember: when in doubt, don’t give it out.

Thu
14
Nov

The flu is not ‘just a cold’

As Thanksgiving nears and the temperatures drop, we are all reminded of the fight that is right around the corner. Flu season is here, and it is time for a reminder on what to do to prevent it.

Tue
12
Nov

You’ll love this freak show

They say there’s a lot of typecasting in community theater, but I don’t buy it.
That’s why I wasn’t offended when the director of the fall musical asked me to play a short, psychotic and flamboyant villain. I figured she was presenting me with the acting challenge of a lifetime.

Sun
10
Nov

Honoring Minnesota and IGH veterans

We have the high honor in Inver Grove Heights of hosting Minnesota’s official Veterans Day Program again this year. It’s has been a great privilege for our community to host the official program more often than any other city in the state.
 While we’re honoring veterans across Minnesota, we’re certainly not forgetting our local vets — both active and retired, young and old, those still with us, and those who have passed away.

Wed
06
Nov

Paying our respects on Veteran’s Day

Freedom isn’t free. As former President Dwight D. Eisenhower said,  “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed—else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”
Sometimes we can forget the daily sacrifices being made by our military personnel and their families. Brave Americans put their lives on the line to keep our country safe and that cannot go unrecognized.

Wed
06
Nov

Saying goodbye is hard to do


Pam O’Meara and her mother, Ruth Henkin, pose for a photo about two weeks before her mother’s death. (submitted photo)

A Winnie-the-Pooh helium balloon, Mr. Potato Head on the dining room table, two small athletic shoes lined up next to mine and pumpkins on the front porch - these are the signs my daughter Karen and 4-year-old granddaughter Katerina were just visiting from Taiwan.

Wed
06
Nov

No mulligans in criminal court

The young pastor at the church I attend recently gave a sermon about “mulligans,” that is, our desire for “do-overs” when we mess up in life. A “mulligan” is a do-over in golf even though not allowed in the rules and permitted only among friends. When the player makes a very bad shot, he calls “mulligan” and is allowed to do-over that shot. When I heard the “mulligan” sermon, it brought a question to mind: are there “mulligans” in criminal court?  Put another way, can the court grant forgiveness to someone who commits a crime, even a minor offense? Can the court “wipe the slate clean?”

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