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Candidates always claim that this is the most important election ever. This year Trump claimed it was about stopping anarchy, socialism and communism. Biden claimed it was about reclaiming the nation’s soul and saving our democracy. These claims are exaggerations, intended to whip-up politic…

I hope that those Americans disappointed with the recent election will not reflect the extremism view that it was “rigged" or “stolen.” This election was monitored probably better than any other in history by hard working, dedicated citizens representing all sides. They were there to ensure …

I have always promoted third-party voting as a way to highlight your issue to major party candidates for whom you would have to hold your nose or cross your fingers to support. My preference though would be to pass ranked-choice voting where a voter could support a candidate or party that em…

The stakes are high with this election! Each candidate has extremely different views and agendas. I call on every voter to research and educate yourself on each. It’s easy to become complacent if issues do not affect us directly. Until the school boundary meetings, I was guilty of not doing …

I’ve known Tom Wolf for almost 15 years since he coached my twin sons in basketball. I’ve always admired Tom for his leadership style, ability to connect with people and his sense for doing what’s right for our society. Tom grew up in our community and is focused on keeping our county safe. …

Kevin Burkart is a long-time resident, business owner, council member and entrepreneur here in Prior Lake. Kevin is a joy to be around. On the council, he asks for all points of view and works with others to come up with cost effective and practical resolutions to problems. He is also willin…

The Oct. 10 column titled “Ballot Harvesting Can Undermine Democracy” is an example of questionable writing, more fitting for a high school history class or some fictional book. It is filled with historical, irrelevant, settled voter issues from the 1960 election, conspiracy theories of poss…