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Human-caused global climate change is one of the most complex issues facing society today. It is a global problem felt on local scales that cuts across many dimensions — science, economics, society, politics, and moral and ethical questions. It is here today, will be around for decades and c…

We are wrapping up the 12th week of the legislative session and it’s become quite clear that the DFL members that control the Minnesota State House are intending on wrapping up most of the legislative efforts into gigantic omnibus bills. Of course, this could eventually lead to Speaker Melis…

First of all, thank you again for putting your trust in me to be your voice in St. Paul. Being the third generation Mortensen to live in Shakopee, it truly is an honor to be your representative. Of course, we aren’t all going to agree with one another and that’s OK. We just need to be tolera…

This was a year of firsts for the Shakopee City Clerk’s Office. It was the first time the city conducted the presidential primary, held absentee in-person voting at City Hall and prepared elections in a global pandemic. Through all these firsts, we want to acknowledge all those who helped us…

As a young child I was taught the concept of head in the sand. At an early age I also realized the adage, never cry wolf, and its impact on our actions and lives. This summer began with an explosive mandate on recognizing racism for what it is and how it affects all of us, not simply people …

Chances are you spent the last 90 days at home, watching streaming services and eating more processed food than normal (I know I did). You were probably sitting more often, moving your body less, and your sleep schedule might have changed due to not having your normal work schedule dictating…

This is the time of year school board members look forward to. It is the end of another school year and we are able to celebrate the achievements of all the students, teachers and staff in our district. However, this year is a little different with the COVID-19 pandemic and the altered plans…

Over the past six weeks, there has certainly been a significant amount of change in the world — change that was sudden and unexpected. There wasn’t a book to pull off the shelf to help guide us through it. When Gov. Tim Walz issued the executive order declaring that the state of Minnesota wa…

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.

For over 50 years, the Shakopee chapter of Junior Chamber International has brought the Jaycee mission to our community, to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change. JCI Shakopee and its members were honored to receive multiple awards at the JCI M…

The year 2020 is here and the Shakopee Police Department is launching our “Lock It, Shakopee” campaign aimed at eliminating the most preventable crimes in our city — thefts from unlocked vehicles and burglaries due to open doors. Here’s the catch, we need your help to make this happen.

While my wife and I were grocery shopping the other day we happened upon a canned energy drink from an international soda company that had the term “organic” in large letters across the entire length of the can. We were curious about the “organic” designation, so we removed the can from the …

“Hey Korbyn, what do you think about ‘Diet X?’” is one of the questions I receive most often from the members of my gym or even people in general when I tell them I’m in the health and wellness field is what I think about the latest diet trend sweeping the nation. This is an extremely comple…

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…