At this time of year, I get a lot of emails and texts from people reporting they are hearing an owl hooting outside their windows at night. While many enjoy the sound, others complain they can’t get to sleep. Either way, the chances are a great horned owl is the culprit. The great horned owl…
Football teams watch game films, baseball hitters study opposing pitchers, hockey and other coaches scout the competition, so it's really no surprise that video learning advanced the game of tennis more so than anything else in the last decade.
Almost four years ago, on Jan. 30, my daughter took her own life. I tell this story not to elicit sympathy or for dramatic effect. I tell this story in the hopes that someone struggling with suicidal thoughts will see the devastating pain caused by suicide loss and seek help to avoid it. I a…
I hope the new year finds you and your family well. A new year should bring new goals, and with just six short weeks until the 2020 Legislative Session, I have had this at the forefront of my mind. Some of my top priorities for this year center on three issues you may be familiar with: emerg…
Tension is frequently a passenger in my car going or coming from the airport. The trip from our house can take 20 minutes or more than an hour; it can be frustrating. There is so much “hurry” in life.
How should schools and places of learning be designed in the year 2030, 2040 or even 2050? VUCA is an acronym that is sometimes used to describe our future — volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. This future will present opportunities that we have not yet experienced. There will be job…
Today, we tell of The First Story, making it a celebration of pomp, an affair of gold-embroidered vestments and costly columns and altars of marble, and choruses of choirs, of jeweled windows and incense, of the extreme abundance of gifting and getting.
Last night (Dec. 16), as part of its regular meeting agenda, the Minnetonka City Council considered three special matters. They were recognitions of departing Council members Mike Happe, Tim Bergstedt and Bob Ellingson. It was a meaningful, somewhat emotional event. This letter is to thank e…
Lakeshore Weekly News is hosting its third annual holiday memories essay contest. Contest winners and honorable mentions will have their stories featured in the Dec. 26 issue of Lakeshore Weekly News. Here is one of those stories:
It’s amazing how many cherished holiday traditions were created by folks trying to sell us more stuff. The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, for example, is a beloved way to start the holiday morning, and it exists as nothing more than a two-hour commercial for a department store chain. You’d like…
I have a confession. Last month, I said Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. I think I lied. It’s really Christmas. I don’t really like the chaos, or the gift wrapping, card sending or shopping, or the organizing and running from place to place. What I do like, is what I think Christmas is …
Marking a marriage by years of togetherness is commonplace — we celebrate wedding anniversaries. But making a marriage marvelous requires much more than time, grown-up puppy love and a once-a-year card.
It’s that time of year again when we are thinking about what presents to give to our loved ones at the holiday season. Here are a few tips and ideas about what to give to your favorite senior, and also some ideas for gifts that are easy for seniors to give to their loved ones.
I was quite disappointed when I read the letter from Jenni Charrier in the Nov. 21st opinion section last week. Since when do we discourage elementary students doing fall clean up for people who need it? The Rake-a-Thon has been a fundraiser for Holy Name students to raise some money for the…
Dorcas Reilly passed away a year ago this past October, she was 92, and no, I’m pretty sure you didn’t know her, but one out of three Americans will sit down and enjoy her invention this coming Thanksgiving. Ms. Reilly, you see, was the soupie who invented Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole.
Happiness is an elusive yet powerful mantra to live by. How do we get there? My understanding has evolved over my lifetime. My schooling taught me that happiness is a thing that can be pursued. It was a condition that existed outside of my control that would allow me to be happy. It could be…
Recently I wrote about my struggle with trying to understand why we are experiencing such a sharp increase in hateful, mean and frankly rude comments from individuals to other individuals who have opposing views. On social media and in real life.
I was quite disappointed to read the article about the Holy Name students raking neighbors' yards in an annual Rake-a-Thon (ironically named "Raking for good") Nov 7. Recent studies by the National Wildlife Federation, among other ecology organizations, have proven that leaving autumn leaves…
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No gifts means very little stress. Just time with your family and your own traditions. I’m sure some people’s traditions revolve around watching football, playing games or eating certain foods. My family had those, sure, but our best tradition was the “tu…
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for re-electing me to the Wayzata School Board. I look forward to continuing my service and am excited for the opportunity.
Anxiety, stress, depression, suicide, isolation; the physical health of students has always been taken seriously in schools, but mental health is often overlooked. Excused absences from schools across the nation require “legitimate excuses,” and this list rarely acknowledges mental breaks.
Lisa Wagner has served on the School Board for 12 years. She has been instrumental in the impressive performance and results of our school district during that time frame, making her an outstanding candidate for re-election to the Minnetonka School Board.
Much of the focus on “the election” hasn’t been on next week’s off-year election, but that should not diminish the importance of getting to the polls and casting your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
A vote for Brad Schaeppi is a vote for change at City Hall. Brad is an advocate for more citizen engagement in council decisions. He wants to see more transparency and promises to question city administrators when necessary.
I urge every parent and taxpayer in the Wayzata School District to join me in voting for Seanne Falconer for the Wayzata School Board.
An Oct. 17 letter to the editor included several inaccurate claims about Minnetonka Schools that require a response ("Questions about school website").
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