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“I am thinking of transitioning to a smaller place to live, but where do I begin?” As a Realtor, this is often the very first question I am asked when meeting with a senior who is looking to sell their home and downsize. It can feel overwhelming. But the good news is there is a lot of help a…

Some people look at an old building and see a broken-down structure that no longer has value. It was built using old technology, by people who are no longer here. Out with the old and in with the new. But there are also people who look at an old building and imagine themselves in another tim…

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.

The bedrock of a strong democracy is the act of voting. Each citizen has the awesome responsibility to cast their ballot to choose our leaders and to create a government for the people by the people. It is easy to not vote, but that only leads to an alienated, apathetic, uneducated and uninf…

Over the past few weeks, the city of Eden Prairie has experienced a number of remarkable weather events. This included some historic low temperatures and near record accumulation for the month of February. For that reason, I want to begin with a note of thanks to all of you for your patience…

I recently had the privilege of touring the Eden Prairie Senior Center. While I was there, a hot card game was going on, an exercise class was jamming in the lower level and beautiful hand crafted items were being made in the wood shop. (By the way, the wood shop is crazy awesome and, for a …

You wouldn’t know it by driving through its neighborhoods, but in Eden Prairie there are young people who are living in their car, couch-hopping from one friend’s home to another, or seeking shelter in Minneapolis or St. Paul. That’s why it’s so gratifying for the Eden Prairie Community Foun…

It’s been an amazing privilege and truly an honor to have represented the people of Eden Prairie on the City Council for 22 years. Helping people problem-solve issues that involve local government, strategizing how to sustainably fund our residents’ needs and wants and learning the intricaci…

I hope to earn your vote to become your strongest advocate as mayor, to keep Eden Prairie No. 1. For the past 14 years as your council member, I’ve earned your trust by respectfully and inclusively working together to improve services cost-effectively, which made us award-winning. At the loc…

With the school year now officially underway, you’ve likely done everything you can to set your teen up for a successful year. Purchased all their school supplies? Check. Kept them on track with their grades and activities? Check. Scheduled conferences with their teachers? Check. But there’s…

For people who are keeping track, this is Eden Prairie Professionals in Aging's third annual Senior Resource Fair! If you have attended in the past, you know this is a great opportunity to get together with other seniors and to meet face-to-face with vendors who provide a wide array of servi…

The safety and well-being of our children is paramount, and in my capacity as chair of the House Education Finance Committee, I am advancing a comprehensive school-safety package this session that provides resources to make necessary security upgrades, addresses student mental health and giv…

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…

Tucked away south of U.S. Highway 212 and just east of Eden Prairie Road is a recreational lake where fishing, swimming and boating are enjoyed by the community throughout the year. It’s a bit on the smaller side, weighing in at just 90 acres, but if size were measured by a mystery, then it …

Minnesota has contributed many unique politicians and legal minds to the country. Whenever I feel a sense of despair over the current leadership and direction of party politics, I recognize I have been very lucky to have met some very special people in my years living in the Midwest. One suc…

The 2018 legislative session began on Feb. 20, and the Legislature will be tackling a number of issues important to Eden Prairie residents this session. On the agenda this year is federal tax conformity, addressing problems with Minnesota’s troubled licensing system, education reform and much more.

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