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Like many people, I awoke last Sunday ready for the Easter season to begin with all of its signs of joy, hope and rebirth. My mood was quickly dampened by the news of the terrorist attacks on Christians celebrating the Easter liturgy at various churches in Sri Lanka. To date, nearly 300 peop…

As we prepare for Easter, let us not forget to pray for the Christians of France who were devastated by the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral this past Monday during Easter week. TV reports showed thousands of people stood on the other side of the Seine singing hymns and praying that their bel…

One word — plastics — was the career advice in the 1967 movie, “The Graduate.” Sixty years later, that advice is haunting us. We’re being buried by synthetic chemicals molded into bottles, jars, toys, packaging materials, plumbing supplies, vinyl siding and significant portions of everything…

“Turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel.” This is one of the admonitions said to us as we are signed with ashes on our foreheads during Ash Wednesday — no small directive for any of us to follow. What do I need to turn away from in my life at this moment? My hair-trigger temper? My jud…

While driving into my subdivision this afternoon, I came up to the first intersection only to have to slam on my breaks for a school bus stopping on the opposite corner. That didn't bother me except for the woman sitting in her minivan across the intersection parked at the corner and blockin…

Sociologists are telling us what baby boomers know intuitively: The family meal is in eclipse. Many Americans who have traversed earth’s sod for at least half a century can bear witness to bygone days when family dinner at home was nearly as consistent as first hour at school. Most days of t…

I learned a long time ago that in ministry, as in life, you can’t make everybody happy. From time to time, folks leave anonymous messages on the church’s answering machine expressing their displeasure. As a leader, there is not much follow-up that you can do if people won’t own their opinion…

My life experiences taught me fear was a bad thing, even though it kept me safe. What I did not learn until much later was that it also kept me paralyzed and unable to do the things I desired. It took me a long time to learn that fear is a good thing and is needed to alert us to real danger,…

Immigration continues to be front and center in the political arena. Our country has found itself stuck in a deadlock over policy and border security, and this impasse has highlighted how divided — yet determined — both sides are, to the point of shutting down the government over this disagr…

I have been a pediatric nurse for over 41 years. I have worked in two major metropolitan areas: St. Louis and Minneapolis/St. Paul. I have taken care of children having surgeries and other procedures. I have taken care of children with burns, injuries from accidents, gunshot wounds and vario…

Drive between Savage and Lakeville and you might glimpse a weed-covered railroad right-of-way that hasn’t seen a train since 1980. It’s a remnant of the Dan Patch Line, also known as the Minneapolis, St Paul, Rochester and Dubuque Electric Traction Company, a railroad that achieved distincti…

It’s a new year. Times like these pressure us to act, do and be better. Gym and weight loss memberships are up. People are taking serious looks at their finances. January provides a new opportunity to make the choices we always wanted to make, the ones we always intended to make. January fee…

I’m tempted to blow the horn. My travel is going slower than it should, all thanks to the inactivity of the person in the car ahead of me. It’s been three hours since I came to the stop sign. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Still, it seems like I’ve been waiting longer than it should take,…

This is the season of excitement and energy; some would even say there really is magic in the air. In some ways this seems to be true. The Christmas songs that are playing speak of it, and it is evident in the favorite movies of the season such as “Miracle on 34th Street” and the miraculous …

In March of 2005, while walking into Prior Lake High School at day’s end to tutor math students, I was met by three oversize guys taunting a much smaller boy. They were enjoying themselves, calling him names I can’t print. The smaller boy was crouched over cowering as I walked into the school.

The holiday gifting season is here, and I truly wanted to climb aboard the shop-local bandwagon. But the more I thought about shop local, the more conflicting the tune. There are people here in our community who work for Minnesota-based regional and national brands, and as a result, leading …

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