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How I would sum up Wimbledon 2019 in a sentence for those who might want the super condensed versions: It was the best, saved for last or the “slice” stole the show or will we see the same rematches in the 2020 Wimbledon final? or those pesty tie-breaks!

About two years ago, I researched some interesting facts about tennis and wrote an article for this newspaper. ("A look at the sport of tennis," March 6, 2017). I was pleasantly surprised to learn that, worldwide, tennis is the fastest-growing individual sport.

In our neighborhood, people walk their dogs, kids play in the streets and everyone greets each other as they pass. We haven’t lived here very long so I don’t know everyone. While walking tonight, I approached an unfamiliar couple and we started chatting. Before long, the inevitable question …

Now that summer is in full swing you may be preparing to make property improvements. If you live near a lake, stream or wetland, it’s important to do a little research before you get started. Doing so will save you time and money and help protect the water that you live on or near.

The No. 1-ranked U.S. women’s national team is in France as you read this, crashing through every other World Cup team in their path. Through the first three games they have scored an almost absurd 18 points while allowing their opponents nil.

When the people of Plymouth sent me to St. Paul, I made a commitment to our community to find common ground to get the job done for the people of Minnesota. Working collectively to represent our values at the Capitol, one of the only divided legislatures in the country delivered on that prom…

The kids are doing the countdown to summer! I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that 2019 is almost half over. I’m not sure how that happened so fast. We are already looking ahead and planning things for December.

I was 14 years old in 1980 when John Anderson, an Illinois Congressman and independent candidate for president, visited my middle school. Bright-eyed and a bit naive, it was the first time I’d ever seen a politician — those men in suits on television — in real life.

When I was a little boy, growing up in the 1950s, I was in awe of our World War II veterans. Everyone's dad had served during the war. If you asked them a direct question about what they'd done, they told you. Mostly, they didn't really talk about it. My generation — the baby boomers — recei…

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Minnesota and Wisconsin are known hot beds for Lyme disease, otherwise known as the great imitator. It mimics other diseases, which is what can complicate getting proper treatment and the correct diagnoses. Add to that, the knowledge that current tests fo…

As conference committees are finishing their work, I want to formally thank state Sen. Ron Latz for his support and advocacy for the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act. The act would establish a way for Minnesotans who are unable to afford their needed insulin to get their prescription filled …

Mother’s Day is coming up. It’s a day where we celebrate and show our appreciation of the women in our lives who we call mom. When my mother died seven years ago, on Mother’s Day I scattered her ashes in the ocean off of the island I grew up on, on a beach she loved dearly. In Hawaii, we cal…

To the person(s) who stole the snapper crossing signs that were located in Greenwood on Minnetonka Boulevard between Lake William and Lake Minnetonka: While your deed is a compliment to the designer (me) of Greenwood's super cool snapper crossing signs, and it is obvious that the signs would…

The bedrock of a strong democracy is the act of voting. Each citizen has the awesome responsibility to cast their ballot to choose our leaders and to create a government for the people by the people. It is easy to not vote, but that only leads to an alienated, apathetic, uneducated and uninf…

What are labels? In terms of people, they are what we use to identify someone, so as to give them context in our world. I’m not talking about names. I’m talking about how we identify ourselves or how others identify us. I’m a mother, stepmother, grandmother, friend, sister, neighbor, etc. I’…

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