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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 …

It has been said the impeachment proceedings are a waste of taxpayer money. What’s truly a waste of our money is all of the millions and millions of dollars spent on travel and security detail while this president plays golf. At his own properties. These impeachment proceedings are unfortuna…

Two weeks ago the Jordan City Council, acting on advice of the city’s planning commission passed an amended conditional use permit for a local business. The amendment allows resomation — an environmentally friendly body disposal process using pressurized, heated water and lye to reduce a bod…

Last weekend I held a listening session for members of the community and advocates on the issue of affordable insulin. I want to thank everyone that came to share experiences and frustrations about affording insulin and managing life with diabetes. I thought one of the people who attended su…

I am often asked my opinion on the best workout routine for losing weight. People ask me about high reps verses low reps, light weight vs. heavy weight, and isolation exercises vs. compound exercises. If you watch TV, browse the internet, or talk with other human beings chances are you find …

Grievously, we lost a very spirited and sincere man, Joe Vaughan. Mr. Vaughan was a kind, warm-hearted person who brought caring-ness to others, including me. Who was Joe Vaughan to me and others? Mr. Vaughan was the CEO of CAP Agency, a loving friend, a rock solid mentor, a gracious helper,…

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…

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