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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…

I am often asked my opinion on the best workout routine for losing weight. People ask me about high reps verses low reps, light weight vs. heavy weight, and isolation exercises vs. compound exercises. If you watch TV, browse the internet, or talk with other human beings chances are you find …

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,…

As a former public school teacher and a dad, the back-to-school season is a meaningful time of year for me. This year, it’s also full of change. My daughter, Hope, starts her first year of college at the University of Minnesota, and my son, Gus, heads back to middle school. This will also be…

Back in “the day,” servers at restaurants made enough money to survive on their wage. Not only could they survive, but many people could afford to have kids, pets and a home of their own. Tipping 10 percent, or even $1 per person dining was acceptable. Servers didn’t need more than that. Unf…

It is without question that our individual liberties have been slowly eroding away for generations. We as a nation and as a people have gradually accepted, tolerated and some of us even embraced the same type of tyranny our ancestors fought against during the Revolutionary War.

When there’s good news to be shared, we collaborate. When a reporter has a question about a story, needs information verified or requests a comment for a story, we respond. However, most recently, we did not receive the same opportunity as we have in the past. We want to be treated in a fair…

You’ve been hearing about them for years. Many people are saying electric vehicles are the future. Nearly every major manufacturer either has at least one electric model available or has made an announcement about producing one or more in the near future. If you’re thinking about purchasing …

Our community is a strong supporter of our schools. As school board members, we’ve seen this support in many ways. We have a strong volunteer program. We have community members and parents who serve on committees and councils. We have huge participation at our fine arts and sporting events. …

Hot take: I love mathematics. From basic addition to multivariable calculus, learning and discovering the intricacies of how math works is absolutely fascinating. My late grandmother was a mathematics professor in Turkey, and so I was taught to admire and respect numbers from a young age. No…

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