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I was 14 years old in 1980 when John Anderson, an Illinois Congressman and independent candidate for president, visited my middle school. Bright-eyed and a bit naive, it was the first time I’d ever seen a politician — those men in suits on television — in real life.

It was just before Christmas that a massive overhaul of our nation’s tax code was passed into law. This reform plan, the first in over 30 years, is a major victory for our economy, our state and for the country. It will create more jobs, boost paychecks for employees, and put more money in p…

The so-called economic “recovery” since the Great Recession has not worked for many Americans. It certainly hasn’t worked for a lot of Minnesotans who have, or are at risk of having, a lower standard of living than their parents. Too many are living paycheck to paycheck and just feel like th…

Late summer and early fall is the best time for mushrooms. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been out and about searching high and low for all sorts of mushrooms. I find peace in the simple act of walking in the woods without a specific purpose and being happy with whatever I find.

When Deborah's father turned 84, he needed help remaining independent at home. So Deb assisted with housework and cleaning; she raked leaves and shoveled snow, too. When he had a doctor appointment, Deb usually drove him.

Viola, 84, was going down the basement stairs to get the clothes out of the dryer, when the phone rang, startling her. One foot slipped, and down she went, landing in a heap on the basement floor. Her cries for help went unheard because she lived alone. “Viola laid there for nine days, and i…

As August begins, Jupiter comes out in the sun's afterglow and soon drops out of sight. High in the southwest, the brilliant star Arcturus starts a month-long plummet to the horizon, dragging its kite-shaped constellation, Bootes the herdsman, along with it. And low in the southwest, Mars pr…

Bob Roepke’s recent column in the Herald of his growing-up years in Chaska, when it was just a small town, brought to my mind some of my own reminiscences (only mine go back a generation earlier than his).

Mercury, the messenger of the gods, pops into the evening sky in April, making its best evening appearance of the year. Look to the west-northwest an hour after sunset around the 18th, when it will be farthest from the sun.

I couldn’t help but smile when I read your recent article about the new recruits who joined the Chaska Fire Department (“All fired up,” Feb 4). You made mention about the “first woman on the Chaska Fire Department in a very long time,” but neglected to mention the name of that first female f…

There’s a saying in the business of clean water protection: Every curb is a shoreline. Since all land drains to a nearby lake or stream, it makes you think about how the actions you take on your own property affect the quality of the lakes and streams we hold dear. But the task of providing …

There’s a saying in the business of clean water protection: Every curb is a shoreline. Since all land drains to a nearby lake or stream, it makes you think about how the actions you take on your own property affect the quality of the lakes and streams we hold dear. But the task of providing …

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