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At last week's City Council meeting, I was on the agenda to appeal a fine for failing to comply with one part of Jordan’s Rental Ordinance, specifically Jordan’s requirement that I attend an all-day training session on "crime free" housing. Over the past year, and at Monday's meeting, I was …

Nature has so many different ways to accomplish just one task — reproduction. At this time of year, it seems that everywhere I look I see baby birds. It’s a blizzard of baby birds being fed by their parents. From a small backyard pond to the large expansive lakes and wetlands to suburban bac…

I was shopping at Radermacher’s the other day and met an old friend — oh, wait — he wouldn’t want me to describe him as “old.” Let’s say he’s full of life’s lessons, and I’ve known him for years.

I often find the most interesting things in nature are the most mundane aspects of nature. For example, I am sure many of you are seeing turtles crossing roads or perhaps crawling across your yard. Why do these reptilian friends do this at this time of year and not at other times? Where are …

I hope this message finds you well, even amid these challenging circumstances. My office at the State Capitol remains open and we remain at work on solutions that bring relief to the many Minnesotans that are suffering. I want to share with you an update on where a few key issues stand.

I am so grateful to all the Minnesotans that are taking this pandemic seriously and doing such a good job of flattening the curve. Though it may not seem like it you are saving lives, it is first and foremost what we need to be doing right now.

April is national Volunteer Appreciation Month and I want to thank all the volunteers out there that make our communities stronger, safer and healthier for everyone. Especially during the COVID-19 epidemic, volunteers are needed more than ever at nonprofits and we applaud all of you that are…

What happens when we design a god in our own image? Our western cultural god seems a bit like Santa — pretty benign, yet can conveniently be used to scare children into good behavior. They still haven’t figured out that everyone ends up getting presents; just like everyone ends up going to h…

We wanted to thank the Chaska SnoHawks and our friends and family for making our daughter Madelyn's benefit on March 7 a huge success. We also want to thank all of the individuals and businesses in the surrounding communities that donated. It was an incredible evening and we were blown away …

Coronavirus is expanding quickly and we now have a national emergency. This is serious because of its evolving and dynamic nature. With the enormous scope of the problem, a lot of questions and not much answer, it is easy to get confused, demoralized, frozen with fear and transfixed into inaction.

With 2019 behind us, I wanted to reach out to help inform the Jordan community what the city has recently been up to and highlight an opportunity for you to help guide Jordan’s future. In March, the City of Jordan will be distributing its annual community survey. Your input is more valuable …

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