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On June 28, in Annapolis, Md., a small rose garden was dedicated in a park by the water in memory of the five Capital Gazette newspaper employees shot and killed one year ago. (Photo from The Herald-Mail, Hagerstown, Md.)  
From 2008 to 2010, during and immediately after the Great Recession, federal food stamp spending had a much larger impact on rural economies than spending on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits and unemployment insurance combined. That’s according to a new report by the...
Hats off to all who participated in and were part of the Lamp Camp Event.  It was just great, the kids were great. We are so lucky to have this event every year in Staples, please keep coming. If you missed it, that was your loss.   Sally Grove Staples, MN   Apology for one action    I moved the...
(From a speech given at the United States Women of Today Convention on June 15)   Hello Women of Today, thanks for inviting me to speak. I appreciate everything you have done for our family, from watching Nicky grow through this organization. I have learned how all the things at the state and...
Summer is here, which means it’s also the season of summer festivals and fairs. Minnesota has a wealth of fun festivals and events for all ages to attend.  Many people will be traveling across the country as well this summer to attend their favorite summer festivals. Festivals and fairs are...
School is out, summer is here, and Explore Minnesota is ready to help travelers and residents alike make the most of the season. From outdoor adventures to picturesque parks and trails, summer festivals and, of course, our thousands of lakes (yes, more than Wisconsin), here are 10 fun and unique...
Are you a recent high school graduate and wondering what to do next? Are you thinking about a career in education? Are you newly retired and looking for something meaningful to fill your time? Are you at a crossroad in your career and needing a bridge to your next ‘call’ in life? Reading Corps may...
The Alzheimer’s Association 2019 “Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report illustrates that the burden of Alzheimer’s in our country and Minnesota is continuing to grow. As the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s continues to increase, we need to make sure people who are impacted...
There is an expression sometimes used to describe things that can be especially dangerous for us to touch or come in contact with. Its origin lies in electrified trains like those that run on the subways of New York City. Outside the two rails on which a subway car runs is a third rail that carries...
I am lucky enough these days to be in regular touch with young people who are interested in public service. I find hope in their quality, energy, and motivation, and they press me to think more deeply about what it takes to pursue a life in the public realm. I’ve come to believe that at the heart...

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