Even though I ran the Twin Cities marathon for the first time on Oct. 6, I still don’t consider myself a “runner.” Running isn’t something I love. I love scoring a deal on a $4 sweater at Goodwill that still has retail tags from Target. I love stopping strangers on sidewalks to pet their dac…

Rep. Tony Albright is one of the few politicians I like and respect. He takes the time to write summaries for the Jordan Independent, and he’s not above trading good-natured ribbing. I agree with him on most issues.

In thinking about the column by Scott Erickson in the Feb. 28 edition of the Jordan Independent, I feel I must reply. Truth and facts are real. Whenever I hear “fake news,” I often think that the word “fake” should really be replaced with “unflattering.” Try this out the next time you hear it.

Jordan has a lot to be proud of right now. The Jordan High School football team made it to the semifinals of the state tournament. Although they lost 55-26 to Pierz, they should not feel too bad. After all, Pierz had an undefeated season and went on to win the state title last weekend. They …

Families around the country will gather around a table to enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. There will be turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, squash, cranberries, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie.

Who remembers the Beanie Baby crazy of the 90s? As a 9-year-old child, I looked forward to going to Schroeder’s Gifts in my home town of Antigo, Wisconsin to purchase a new Beanie Baby with my allowance.

My day job is working for Microsoft as a technical account manager. My responsibilities include making sure that companies who use our products and services are getting value from them. If something with our software breaks, it falls on myself and a team of technical engineers to help resolv…

It is that time of year again — time to stuff our faces with bratwurst, enjoy a beer or two, listen to some good music, check out a wide selection of vehicles in a car cruise, enjoy many talents by your friends, family and neighbors, celebrate the new Jordan Ambassadors and enjoy an amazing …

As a journalist, I know there are at least two sides to every story, sometimes three, four, or more! Our world is filled with a plethora of perspectives, a variety of viewpoints and an overabundance of opinions. Unfortunately, many people are incapable of sharing their viewpoints, perspectiv…

Growing up, I had a very interesting mix when it came to my education. I attended a Catholic school for kindergarten through fourth grade, a Lutheran school for fifth through eighth grade, and the public high school, where my dad was a math teacher.

My, how the time has flown. It is hard to believe that it is the last week of July already. It is that time of summer when we all panic that we have not packed enough fun into the few precious weeks of beautiful weather.

I don’t know how it is for other journalists, but during my early reporting days, I did not get out for personal trips very often. By the time the weekend rolled around, I was usually too exhausted to venture out into the big, wide world.

Just last week I was reminiscing with a coworker about “the good old days” of my childhood. Ah yes, it was a simpler time, when the phones were corded, the computer memory was both floppy and hard, printer paper was perforated, pictures had to be developed from film negatives and navigating …

I was always told that if you work hard to excel at your craft, you will go far. My generation is labeled “lazy Millennials,” which frankly is more than a little insulting.

“All children deserve a chance to run and play,” says Karla Anderson-Hemmann, mother of two in Jordan. Her son has special needs and has attended SouthWest Metro Intermediate District’s River Valley Education Center (RVEC) for four years.

Last week, I spent so much time at Jordan Elementary School that I joked I should have my own school badge. I made three trips to the elementary school to interview Molly Nefstead, who is working with the students on mindfulness, and to photograph her in action in two classrooms.

May is Healthy Vision Month and an excellent reminder that eyecare should be a top priority for all Minnesotans. In my role as executive director of the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP), I am committed to furthering that notion by ensuring people throughout this great state …

When I was studying journalism in college, I had many great professors who educated me in many areas, from page layout and editing using AP style to media law and how to cover different beats, such as sports, public affairs reporting and features.

I turned 25 this year. Twenty-five is an age that should feel momentous. It’s a quarter of a century, for one thing, and very probably more than a quarter of my life. I’m also halfway across that bridge of time spanning 20 and 30; one feels young, one feels not as much.

Three percent of all teen cellphone users report having sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude photos or videos. However, 16 percent of teen cellphone users say they have reported a sexually suggestive photo or video of someone they know, according to research found on www.netsmartz.org.

The Jordan Lions have had a busy winter season putting on a number of events and participating in our district’s annual convention.


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