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Dominium breaks ground for Legends of Cottage Grove
Liberty keeps it local: Family business keeps on growing
Oasis lifestyle: Sheppard busy as a chiropractor, new Chamber president
Minnesota Senate District 54 candidate Q/A: Leilani Holmstadt
Minnesota Senate District 54 candidate Q/A: Dan Schoen
crime and courts
Football: Wolfpack rolls at North in regular season finale
Football: Royals upset Raptors in regular season finale
Adapted Soccer: Thunderbolts get season's first shutout
Girls Soccer: Bunnell, Raptors break out in section championship game
Girls Tennis: Schurhamer team advances to section finals
Crowd gathers to support Oktoberfest for Friends in Need Food Shelf
Bailey Nurseries chairman wins conservation award
Banking on Oktoberfest: Oct. 16 fundraiser in Cottage Grove helps Friends in Need Food Shelf's bottom line
Films in Five Festival gets "bigger and better"
Fans flock to Films in Five Festival in Cottage Grove
arts and entertainment
ACCU TEST GREY CLOUD
ORDINANCE NO. 970
Roberta Swan, 66
Connie Courtade, 75
Nadine Strong, 85
Jane Crowell, 97
Diane A. Sherman, 79
Letter to the editor: Lewis not part of establishment
Letter to the editor: Schoen gets work done, gets results
Letter to the editor: Vote on the future of Newport
Letter to the editor: Vote Peterson, Schoen and Jurgens
Letter to the editor: Franke is perfect choice for 54A
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February 9, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Hillside Elementary students ready for Valentine's Day
Most of my Valentine's Day memories are from elementary school. With a reminder from my mother that I had to give everyone in my class a Valentine...
February 9, 2013 - 2:37pm
February 2, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Grocery line decisions will affect school lunch line preferences
Whenever the subject of childhood obesity comes up, someone will say, "They ought to do something about school lunches." Well, they have, at least in School District 833, but kids still have too much access before and after school to cheese puffs, chips and French fries. The changes...
February 2, 2013 - 11:03am
January 27, 2013
Judge Greg Galler Viewpoint: Gun debate must acknowledge previous court decisions
The recent heartbreaking murders of school children in Connecticut have prompted a lot of discussion regarding guns and the rights of citizens to own, possess, or use them. What constitutional rights do citizens have regarding firearms? Can the government deny individual citizens...
January 27, 2013 - 1:35pm
January 26, 2013
Judy Spooner's column viewpoint: Unlike the Sippy, some inventions don't stack up
When cable television stations hit the January doldrums, they resort to "Top 10" programming. Shows include the top 10, or top 100, snack foods, places to visit or inventions. I started to make my own list of top 10 inventions but I ended up with a list of inventions that didn't...
January 26, 2013 - 11:30am
January 20, 2013
Keith Jacobus Viewpoint: School District 833 strives to balance safety and positive school environments
Starting school after the winter break always brings a mix of excitement for the second half of the year and dismay that the mid-year break is over. We ended 2012 with another reminder of the stark reality that schools are not impervious to violent acts; heinous acts that challenge...
January 20, 2013 - 2:07pm
January 19, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: School District 833's latest audit report is worth a look
There's nothing like curling up on a cold winter's night in front of the fire. Reading an audit report while basking in the firelight is the best kind of reading material I can think of, but most of you would prefer a good book. The School District 833 audit report is usually presented...
January 19, 2013 - 10:52am
January 13, 2013
Pete Orput Viewpoint: Love our kids -- lock up your firearms
The month of December was devastating for at least two families in the Twin Cities. Both families had a child find a gun in the home and shoot his sibling; one of those cases ended with a 4-year-old shooting his 2-year-old brother to death and the other involved a 2-year-old shot...
January 13, 2013 - 10:54am
January 12, 2013
Judy Spooner viewpoint: Preserving history a story at a time
More than 10 years ago, after an interesting meeting of the South Washington Heritage Society, a woman sitting in front of me turned to her friend...
January 12, 2013 - 8:25am
December 30, 2012
Denny McNamara Viewpoint: Despite deficit, state's economic projections positive
Recently, state economists released Minnesota's latest budget projections.
December 30, 2012 - 11:30am
Katie Sieben Viewpoint: Early voting would provide convenience, confidence to voters
This year Minnesota again led the nation in voter participation, with 76 percent of eligible voters casting ballots in the 2012 general election. While Minnesota's election system is consistently one of the best in the world, it still has some room for improvement. The large number...
December 30, 2012 - 10:28am
December 16, 2012
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Through their eyes, meaning of holiday season emerges
Four fifth-graders from Sean Duncanson's class at Grey Cloud Elementary School talked to me last week. I asked them if the holidays are getting too commercial and what the season means to them. From their comments, I have several observations. Kids watch the adults in their lives...
December 16, 2012 - 8:01am
December 9, 2012
Viewpoint: More should be done to end human trafficking
According to Breaking Free, a November 2010 study found that in Minnesota each month at least 213 underage girls are sold for sex an average of five times per day through the Internet and escort services. These underage girls are more than statistics; they live among us and did not...
December 9, 2012 - 10:52am
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Students learning math a new way
They weren't like any math classes I had. That's a good thing. In my math classes, when they called it "arithmetic," there was at least one kid the rest of us hated. When the teacher asked a question, this guy would raise his hand immediately with the answer. Also, after my first...
December 9, 2012 - 8:49am
December 2, 2012
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Lots of craziness at 'Gray Thursday'
When son-in-law Eric and daughter Margie dropped me off in front of the Cottage Grove Target store at 8:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, the line to get in to the store at 9 p.m. was already down to Radio Shack. Since it was less than four hours until Black Friday, I called the early...
December 2, 2012 - 8:56am
November 25, 2012
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Friendly wisecracks pervade Grey Cloud meetings
Grey Cloud Island Township Board Chair Dick Adams, in a serious vein, opened the November meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance as usual last week. Then, silliness took over. Since I first went there in the early 1970s, my favorite assignment has been covering the township. It's...
November 25, 2012 - 9:11am