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No matter where you live in the seven-county metro area, if you drive a car, you will eventually get stuck in traffic on Interstate 494. It is one of the region’s most vibrant, growing areas with the Mall of America, the airport, hotels, businesses — even IKEA. Trucking and freight associati…

Every year, and sometimes more than once a year, I see in the paper that our electeds (there are no royals in Minnesota) are deadlocked over some issue or another. Every year I read that they may need a special session to resolve the deadlock. And just about every year I read that if the dea…

Legislators in the 2021 session had one major task before us: How do we recognize the sacrifices our families and businesses made over the past year in crafting a budget that helps all Minnesotans recover from the pandemic? I am sorry to say that the budget reached by the governor, speaker o…

We’ve become a nation of people who all too often don’t know each other, and that leads us to not trust each other. Which would be no big deal except that we end up putting our faith in people we don’t know. We punch up Google when we want an answer, and Amazon when we want a product. Easier…

I’m not big on conspiracy theories, but what’s going on in the Twin Cities metro has me wondering. Is somebody slipping mind-altering drugs into the metro water supply? How else would you account for the strange goings on in the metro area lately?

I attended the March 15 Jordan City Council meeting, much of which was spent talking about the fire hall exercise room. Simply put, firefighters want to formalize use of the facility by spouses, significant others, and retirees. This shouldn’t have been an issue needing an hour-long discussion.

For those I have not yet had the chance to meet, I’ve had the privilege of serving as your mayor since January. I am a husband, father, small business owner, and former councilmember. I am honored to serve you in this new role. My “default setting” is to be conservative in philosophy and dem…

I . . . have a constitutional right to bear arms, and no one dares to take it away. I . . . have a constitutional right to freedom of speech, and no one dares to tell me what I can say or not say.

Human-caused global climate change is one of the most complex issues facing society today. It is a global problem felt on local scales that cuts across many dimensions — science, economics, society, politics, and moral and ethical questions. It is here today, will be around for decades and c…

In 2008 I ran for election to the Jordan City Council. Finished sixth out of seven candidates for four seats. So, wanting to be involved somehow, I finagled a seat on what was then called the Parks and Recreation Commission (AKA Park Board). When I showed up for the first meeting, I and one …

I’ve been kind of not paying a lot of attention to the County Board lately — at least until this election came up. The thing that jumps out at me now is how few challengers there are for board seats. Usually, good-paying jobs with little or no qualifications required will draw tons of applications.

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 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.

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…

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