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BRAINERD, Minn.—Long-term stewardship—especially in terms of environmental issues—shapes much of Ray "Skip" Sandman's platform, which also places a high emphasis on the issue of health care, addressing the student loan debt crisis, economic revitalization and his opposition to the influx of money in politics and corporate personhood. The Independence Party candidate for District 8 and newly retired member of the Duluth community, Sandman said he is always thinking of things in terms of generations—seven, in fact—as a result of his upbringing.
DULUTH—The 8th Congressional District might be Democratic-Farmer-Labor country, but don't tell that to Minnesota Republicans. Banking on a number of favorable signs, the GOP is looking at a district that's been a DFL stronghold for all but one term since 1947 and they're seeing red. It's been a hard-fought and costly election battleground, with the DFL winning with razor-thin margins the past few elections, while both sides spent in the tens of millions during their campaigns.
WOODBURY, Minn. — Let it be known that while Mary Giuliani Stephens respects experience, she isn't a fan of precedent, tradition or time-honored solutions if they're not getting the job done now. Describing Minnesota as a "good state" that's been "resting on its laurels," Giuliani Stephens—the mayor of Woodbury and a Republican candidate for governor—said there is a need to bring the state into the 21st century.
BRAINERD, Minn.—It could be said no one wants to live more than a victim of suicide. Paradoxical? Maybe. But, subtle distinction as it may be, it's a misconception suicidal people just want to end their own biological existences, said Jack Hinrichs, a licensed therapist based in New Brighton and the director of training and development at Nystrom & Associates LTD. At a fundamental level, suicide is about relieving psychological pain, he noted, and relief can be found in other ways. When given the right support and care, more often than not, people choose life.
BRAINERD, Minn., — The ills of social media and smartphone use have been harped upon ad nauseum—often in some kind of anecdote picturing a bunch of teens around a table, noses firmly pressed into their phones, ignoring each other and oblivious to the world around them.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Money, former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson said, and lots of it — that might be the single greatest ailment of modern politics and a central issue of the 2018 election cycle if the "Fix Politics Now" campaign has its way.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Central Lakes College hosted a session Wednesday, Feb. 8, regarding aging and elder care in central Minnesota—a subject that's been gaining traction as more of the population moves into their twilight years. The session was headlined by state Sens. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, and Karin Housley, R-St. Mary's Point.
CROSBY, Minn. — "It's been 50 years, it's time to move on," said Rep. Dale Lueck last year, when arguing for state funding for the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Mountain Bicycling Trails. That's roughly five decades since Crosby, an iron ore mining town, lost its mining business in the '60s and fell into a mire of stagnation as deep as the craters dotting the neighboring hill country.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Students at Central Lakes College are hunkering down for the long haul to reclaim the life's work of Gordon Gullion — a preeminent expert on ruffed grouse whose diligent, innovative and exhaustive studies of the bird mostly existed as 69,000 notecards, until now.
BRAINERD, Minn.—The National Weather Service, based out of Duluth, sent out a warning Wednesday, Nov. 29, of increased risk of fire in the region. According to the news release, counties and townships across Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin are subject to gusty and dry weather conditions, with winds gusts between 20-30 mph and an afternoon relative humidity lowering between 25-30 percent. Residents are advised to avoid burning and to use caution when discarding burned material.