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I’ve struggled with what I wanted to say in the commentary this week. As many of you know, I was a police officer for 30 years. The last half of my career I served as a police chief. I have been on the receiving end of complaints from the public over police conduct. I have had the honor of s…

At the end of this month, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools will mark a commencement unlike any other in our history. We will celebrate 640 Prior Lake High School and Bridges Area Learning Center students during a virtual commencement and modified event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week has been celebrated to honor the many men and women who have devoted their careers at all levels of government to the noble purpose of building, maintaining and protecting the billions of dollars work of capital investments that are the foundation …

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.

Promise yourself “to think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds; to live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you,” as Christian D. Larson said. These are the last two stanzas of a c…

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…

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,…

We know there are very real emotional, mental and physical health risks that come with social isolation in seniors. It can lead to higher blood pressure levels, higher rates of mortality and a quicker cognitive decline. The debilitating consequences of this are only amplified when compounded…

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