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A trap shooting team member at a local high school attributed his perfect score in a recent competition to luck when he was interviewed by one of our reporters. He was being modest as it isn’t an easy accomplishment since it had never been done in the history of the team. It appears he may also have been looking out for the team as he also mentioned in the interview that trap shooting at the high school level is a team sport, not an individual sport.
  • Luck plays a part in all of our lives, even if we won’t admit it plays a part
    A trap shooting team member at a local high school attributed his perfect score in a recent competition to luck when he was interviewed by one of our reporters. He was being modest as it isn’t an easy accomplishment since it had never been done in the history of the team. It appears he may also have been looking out for the team as he also mentioned in the interview that trap shooting at the high school level is a team sport, not an individual sport.
  • Minnesota should follow Edina’s lead in restricting access to tobacco
    Minnesota has always been a leader in enacting policies to attempt to curb smoking. In 1975, Minnesota became the first state to restrict smoking in most public spaces with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act. In 2007, smoking restrictions were extended to all public places, including bars, bowling alleys and entire restaurants, with the Freedom to Breathe Act.
  • Stories enrich communities, even if they haven’t experienced devastation
    I just about broke down and cried on the streets of Oklahoma City Sunday. The near-breakdown was after mile 20 of a marathon, which has been known to make a grown man cry, but it wasn’t the physical exertion, at least not only the physical exertion, that nearly brought me to tears.
  • Just showing up is powerful
    The pages of our newspapers often feature community leaders, star athletes, outstanding students, political figures and accomplished business people. However, they also often feature people who just show up to help.
  • No vigilante here, but we remain vigilant about proper use of words
    Although I would never advocate defacing public property, it’s hard to get angry with the “grammar vigilante” in England who ventures out at night to correct infractions against the English language spotted in public signs. Although he holds grudges against all forms of incorrect punctuation, he spends most of his time addressing wayward apostrophes using a tool he built himself, according to the BBC, which did a story on him while protecting his anonymity.
  • Several years ago, I discovered I had a distant connection to someone I know in Rochester: I served him beer when he was under the legal age. It may not be exactly true, but it is plausible and it makes a funny story.
  • Cutting state regulations OK,  but not at expense of local control
    In many ways the rural-metro divide seems to be growing in Minnesota. One of the more prominent issues is funding for light rail vs. rural highways, which has created divisions within the state, not just across party lines.
  • Health insurance not only complicated, but also personal
    “Now I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” President Donald Trump said at a meeting of governors last month. “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
  • Sunshine key in age of shady truth
    Many years ago, I stopped a mayor outside City Hall to get his view on a controversial vote that had just occurred at a council meeting. He wasn’t anxious to answer my questions, and finally a council member/friend who was the only person with him advised the mayor to say whatever he wanted and if it didn’t go over well, he could claim he was misquoted since the comments weren’t being made in a public forum.
  • Picture may be worth 1,000 words, but words will always be needed
    The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” has some validity in that a complex idea can be conveyed more effectively in a single image than just text. However, usually, a picture, particularly a photograph, can’t stand on its own without some description.
  • Minnesota weather anything but average, or even predictable at times
    Early last week, we got our first report of a robin when Les Hyland of Spring Valley called in to say he spotted one of the first signs of spring in the form of a bird. Other bird enthusiasts commented on the large number of geese flying north so early in the year.
  • Rural ambulance services looking for another ‘Minnesota Miracle’
    Often the numbers don’t add up in favor of rural Minnesota. 
  • Solving that annoying problem may just be key to enlightenment
    Through trial and error, I finally got a computer that had been acting up last week working again. At least for now it is fixed, although I’m not completely sure the problem is solved for good.
  • Celebrating 150 years of never keeping our collective mouth shut
    In recent years, concerns expressed at the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association convention, which was held last week in the Twin Cities, centered on technology. That theme has faded from prominence in recent years as most newspapers have come to terms with the changing electronic environment, which can still include ink on paper as a means to provide information.
  • Common sense not always obvious
    President Donald Trump boasted just before his inauguration that his cabinet picks have “by far the highest IQ of any cabinet ever assembled.”
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