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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…

Air is all around us. We feel this air in everything we do, and it’s moving right now through your nose, into your lungs and back out. This air makes up the skin of our planet. Our planet’s skin is thinner comparatively than the skin of an apple. From your backyard, it may look infinite, but…

As winter finally loosens its grip and we begin to embrace spring, at Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools we are already thinking ahead to fall and kindergarten registration. This means we are asking parents of incoming kindergarten students to register online now.

Try as I might, I cannot find one good reason for this invention: A Minnesota man has designed a two-shot derringer that fits in the frame of a cell phone. Why any legitimate person with a concealed-carry permit would want a junk gun like this is beyond my comprehension.

Thanks to our community, our new elementary school, Hamilton Ridge, is taking shape. Dozens of staff, parents and community members have either served on the building design committee or have taken the time to submit a school name idea. Now we are looking forward to breaking ground this spri…

The Prior Lake-Savage Optimist Club was recently named business of the year by the Prior Lake Chamber and its members. On behalf of the club, we want to thank the chamber members for awarding us this designation. We are honored as so many wonderful businesses and organizations were nominated.

Friends, it’s been another busy couple weeks at the Capitol, and we are now over a full month into the 2019 session. Time flies when we are working through blizzard and frigid conditions in St. Paul. I hope everyone has stayed safe on the roads and nice and warm inside their homes.

Every February, we celebrate love and friendship and we use a small or big part of our budget to demonstrate our feelings to our loved ones. We all know that those feelings and our demonstrations shouldn’t be reserved only for this month. It should be an everyday thing, and I am not talking …

Culture is a word difficult to explain, because it refers to the way we do things but is much more than that. Our culture creates for us memories and feelings that become part of who we are. All of the celebrations in a country are part of that culture. During the month of November, we celeb…

There are many faces of mental illness. People with mental illness are our neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members. It is a brain disease, an imbalance in the brain’s chemistry. Furthermore, mental illness doesn’t discriminate on the bases of age, ethnicity or gender. Mental illnes…

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