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One of the reasons I accepted the request to write a recurring commentary for the Jordan Independent was because I have long felt that people in this town fail to express themselves in letters to the editor. One of my goals was/is to encourage people to write to the JI, and say what they thi…

As a former public school teacher and a dad, the back-to-school season is a meaningful time of year for me. This year, it’s also full of change. My daughter, Hope, starts her first year of college at the University of Minnesota, and my son, Gus, heads back to middle school. This will also be…

Jordan is a great place to grow old. If you have lived here your whole life, just moved in to be near family or just fell in love with our small town, you’ll find Jordan is a great place to recreate, learn and play. There are a lot happening right here in your backyard.

Your Jordan City Council voted on Aug. 5 to spend up to $9,000 to hire a consultant to conduct a survey about whether Jordan’s salary structure is competitive with other cities. They chose a Chicago-based firm called Baker Tilley, part of a three-way combination with municipal advisory firms…

I’d just gotten out of the car at Radermacher’s, the hub and the heartbeat of Jordan’s food needs. Another shopper had just exited her car, too, and she glanced down at my bumper. She flashed a grateful smile and gave me a nervous thumbs up. I’ve been making my own signs for decades and this…

“The Wizard of Oz” is one of my all-time favorite movies. What terror as Dorothy is swept away from a farm in Kansas in a tornado and what a surprise when she lands in a magical place and is greeted by new friends. How delightful and challenging as they all embark on a quest to meet with a w…

I spent a career trying to figure out what was important to customers. I dealt with engineers who thought that their fully digital widget would sell itself. I dealt with sales people who said their customers were clamoring for the hyperbole-infused widget we didn’t make. And I dealt with cus…

Mayor Tanya Velishek, in a commentary in the Jordan Independent wrote, “Everyone has the right of speech as well as the right of their opinion, but when it comes to slander, non-facts, and untrue statements, it can persuade the community and others to believe a perspective that is not correc…

The Jordaness Lions held their annual Fish Fry on March 15. There was lots of great fish and tasty desserts. It was a huge success and the Jordaness Lions would like to thank the community for their wonderful support and invite you all back next year.

4:30 a.m. The raw end of a half-baked sleep. I was not yet living in Scott County so I had about an hour’s drive to the farm. The cool September sky was beginning to brighten as I arrived alone at the quiet stable and slid open the tall barn door. Sounds of hooves brushing against hay. Horse…

Air is all around us. We feel this air in everything we do, and it’s moving right now through your nose, into your lungs and back out. This air makes up the skin of our planet. Our planet’s skin is thinner comparatively than the skin of an apple. From your backyard, it may look infinite, but…

It’s March, which means it’s state tournament time! It also signals that we’re deep into session, the governor has put forth his budget request, and the House is busy hearing a large number of bills, which has offered all interested the opportunity for a lively debate.

Friends, it’s been another busy couple weeks at the Capitol, and we are now over a full month into the 2019 session. Time flies when we are working through blizzard and frigid conditions in St. Paul. I hope everyone has stayed safe on the roads and nice and warm inside their homes.

It’s been a busy first few weeks here at the Capitol. Committees have begun to meet, set the rules we will be governed under, and the first bills are making their way to committee. Below is a quick recap of the biggest issues of the first few weeks.

I spent my four years on the City Council alongside my colleagues dedicated to promoting and marketing Jordan as a wonderful community to raise a family. We were able to do that despite our political differences. Jordan is a welcoming community, with great schools and a small-town quality of…

On Jan. 15, Jordan High School students displayed a Trump sign at a basketball game against a rival team consisting mostly of minority students. This is not the first time I have seen school students using public support for President Donald Trump at a non-political platform. In 2016, soon a…

I’m getting tired of apologizing. For being white. For being male. For being heterosexual. For being Catholic. For standing during the National Anthem. For being a Packers fan. And lately, for being from Jordan.

The Christmas holiday is over and the 2019 New Year’s ball has dropped. The Jordaness Lions hope your holiday was filled with the wonder of Jesus’ birth, family and fun. With this being almost the first full week of January, we hope you are holding true to your resolutions made on New Year’s…

A few thoughts on the mayor’s comments that “The grant is great news for those interested in increasing safety for motorists and pedestrians as well as increased mobility along the highway to businesses.”

The City of Jordan has heard concerns from residents regarding unacceptable safety conditions at the intersection of Highway 282 and Creek Lane for over 10 years. The city was recently successful in receiving a $1 million grant from MnDOT through the Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) for…

My wife and I live in Prior Lake with our two wonderful daughters. Our youngest is in middle school and our oldest in high school. Their future is incredibly important to me. I don’t know how many children you have or how old they are. I know this: The time is at hand to enact national polic…

If one reads the press release from City Hall, one is led to assume that the state has given the city a million dollar grant for a roundabout at the intersection of Creek Lane and Highway 282.

There are many faces of mental illness. People with mental illness are our neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members. It is a brain disease, an imbalance in the brain’s chemistry. Furthermore, mental illness doesn’t discriminate on the bases of age, ethnicity or gender. Mental illnes…

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