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A 51-year-old Cottage Grove man was arrested Aug. 26 on suspicion of domestic assault following an altercation with his 16-year-old son. Police said they were pushing and shoving each other when Vaidich allegedly put the juvenile in a headlock before the teen escaped and called police. The man was booked at the Washington County jail.
Recently, Congressman Jason Lewis responded to a small group of peaceful protesters who gathered outside his Woodbury residence by labelling them "dangerous." Lewis then defamed and threatened them on social media. For their part, the protesters wanted to ask Lewis to fight against cuts to Medicaid and health insurance, and to hold a public meeting for the people he represents. The real danger was not the protesters; it's Lewis. He is treating our precious democracy like it's his own private monarchy.
As a father and grandfather, I've spent the last number of years seeing how important our schools are for our kids. Now that they're starting to head back to school for the year, I was happy to look back on the things we passed this year to help schools and students in our area and around the state.
A 40-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for violating the city's social host ordinance following a report of an underage drinking party Aug. 12 at a home in the 6000 block of Lamar Avenue. When people arrived multiple people were seen running from the home. No other citations in the case. Tampering A Cottage Grove man in the 7900 block of Hadley Avenue reported Aug. 23 that someone opened his unlocked garage door and attempted to take a riding lawnmower, but nothing was stolen.
Recent letters to the editor have discussed whether elected officials such as U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis should meet personally with their constituents at town hall meetings. One writer suggested that such meetings are unneeded and that serious concerns can be adequately communicated through the representative's official website. I have found that method ineffective and have no confidence that Lewis devotes sufficient attention to understand questions submitted to his website.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped make the Night to Unite at Newport Lutheran Church such a success on Aug 1. I especially want to thank Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, New-Park Lions, Newport Fire Department, Washington County Sheriff's Office and Newport Lutheran Church members. It was a wonderful night to gather with neighbors and friends and share conversations. Thank you again. Emily White Newport Lutheran Church
Katie Nelson's recent story ("Health care town hall in Cottage Grove shines light on Medicaid recipients") featured personal stories of those who have benefited from public safety net programs. Good stuff, but unfortunately, focusing on those low-income families, children and those with disabilities for whom Medicaid programs are intended obscures what's really driving unsustainable costs in these programs — the expansion of Medicaid eligibility to childless, able-bodied adults. Conflating the two groups misleads the public to think that any future cuts to Medicaid will disproportionately affect those who really need these programs.
We need courage, not cowards, in Congress Three Republican Senators just saved more than 20 million American lives. That's called courage, and it's how our elected officials are supposed to act. Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine were the only Republicans to vote against their party's bill to repeal Obamacare on July 28. With their votes, they effectively ended their party's cruel effort to rip health insurance away from millions of people. These three senators saved America.
Two weeks ago, a group of kids from the Park High School Thespian Troupe 6136 got the thrilling privilege to travel on a bus to exotic Lincoln, Nebraska. This doesn't sound very thrilling, right? But for us, this was our wildest dream coming true. The International Thespian Festival was long awaited for us. We went to the University of Lincoln Nebraska where we met student thespians from Los Angeles to Dubai. Thanks to donations by friends, family and members of our community, we were able to attend this festival to showcase our talent and achievement. We represented the entire state with our One Act Play, and a few of us competed with kids across the globe in individual monologues, musical pieces and presentations.
Middle-class Minnesotans will finally receive some needed tax relief, and this would not have happened without the strong support provided by your state representatives, Keith Franke and Tony Jurgens.