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Looking back on my 10 years of writing this column has made me realize a few things. First off, that I’ve come a long way in my growth as an individual, a mother and a partner. The second thing is that I still have a long way to go.

We have appreciated the long-time support shown by residents and businesses in the city of Eden Prairie and communities surrounding Lake Minnetonka. We developed many partnerships over the years with our loyal advertisers and readers who turned to us as their primary source for local news an…

These are unprecedented times. Times when our normal has been replaced with abnormal. Our security has been replaced with insecurity. We are afraid for our physical and mental health. We’re afraid financially. We’re afraid we’ll never get our normal back. We’re sheltering at home. We stay in…

My father usually complained as April 15 approached. One year in the early 1950s he explained to me — his first born of four siblings — that our crops had been bountiful, prices were high, and we made a good profit. Then frowning, he added, “Our income tax payment this year could have paid f…

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a stay-at-home order that is in effect until at least April 10. All signs point to it being extended. Minnesotans as well as millions across the country are being asked to stay at home, unless absolutely necessary, to avoid the spread of COVID-19. This should n…

As we age, all of us will face challenges. Finding affordable, high-quality home services, accessing health care and staying connected to our communities are just a few hurdles older adults face when striving to live fulfilling, enriched lives. These challenges, however, grow significantly w…

Introducing Take 5 for Nature! This new column will be published quarterly and will provide readers with interesting information about what is currently taking place in the natural world around us. Our goal is to educate readers about local seasonal happenings while also inspiring our reader…

Minnesota Department of Public Safety released data on how the new hands-free law in Minnesota has performed since it went into effect on Aug. 1, 2019. As of Dec. 31, 2019, that is in five months, a total of 9,727 drivers received citations for violating the law. That amounts to little over …

Marvin Cross is a resident at Trillium Woods, a senior community in Plymouth Minnesota. This past summer a friend of his, Joan Wright, put out the word that he was going to go skydiving on his 90th birthday in July and would be happy to have anyone join him who would like to take the challenge.

February is Love Month. High schools celebrate with Heart Weeks and Heart Week dances. While good intentioned, they don’t always turn out very loving. A recent situation at a local high school exemplifies what I mean. A few kids were left out of the planning phase for the dance and therefore…

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…

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