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From Minnesota DNR press release   The Department of Natural Resources issued an emergency rule that temporarily prohibits the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state. The rule is a temporary, emergency action to reduce further spread of chronic wasting disease and protect...
By Julie Tesch President, Center for Rural Policy and Development   Do you know what the bedrock of any town is, rural or urban? Community.  In this age of technology, it is very easy to isolate yourself. You can be listening to a podcast on your phone while you are emailing for work and playing a...
Harry Potter, the Bible, Washington Irving and Roger Whitaker have a lot to say about Christmas.  See if you can guess which of those four sources the 100 quotes below came from. The result will show you how intertwined are the ancient and modern when it comes to Christmas, and that different...
1. A choir of small voices chanted forth an old Christmas carol 2. It matters not what someone is born 3. Do not be afraid, I bring you good news 4. things we lose have a way of coming back to us 5. chestnuts to roast in the coals of a fire 6. no need to fear his voice 7. lights were distributed in...
From bluezones.com   Holidays are a time to celebrate. While it may be stressful to bake that extra batch of cookies for the bake sale, cart the family around to the neighbors’ holiday parties, and find the perfect gift for the person on your list who has everything, those who celebrate something...
By Morris Pearl   American democracy, in theory, is based on the premise of one person, one vote. Unfortunately, that is not really the case. The rich and the powerful use their money to gain more influence than other Americans and that became obvious to everyone with the Supreme Court’s decision...
A good deed   After carting my items that I had purchased from Family Dollar on December 8, I was trying to negotiate the cart over the icy, snow packed parking lot, in order to return it to the store,when a young man, about 9 years old, came up to me and asked if he could take it in for me. For...
From Tom Burch Cass County Sheriff   The best part of the holiday season is spending quality time with family – which often means travel out of town or away from home. Before you leave, it’s important to take the proper precautions to keep your house or apartment safe while you’re gone.  If you’re...
By Margaret Donahoe Executive Director, MN Transportation Alliance   Minnesota legislators have been touring the state this past fall, getting a first-hand look at important public assets and infrastructure that’s wearing out as they prepare to put together a capital bonding bill. As they travel,...
By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar   It’s the holiday season, and two of the most popular gifts this year are wearable devices that help people track their exercise and sleep—along with home DNA testing kits that help people discover more about their ancestry or genetic health risks. New technologies...

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