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Van Leer deserves re-election
The East Metro All-Stars junior PGA golf team made its mark at the PGA Junior League Midwest Regional tournament held earlier this month.
A portion of Woodbury Drive/County Highway 19 north of Valley Creek Road is slated to close for six days beginning Wednesday, Sept. 27. The road will be closed to traffic between Regatta Drive and Fox run Road/Wynstone Drive through Oct. 5. The detour will be Radio Drive via Valley Creek Road and Tamarack Road.
For an elected official who decried "partisan bickering and the blame game" in her last column, Rep. JoAnn Ward apparently does not practice what she preaches. A recent letter to the editor attacking fellow Rep. Kelly Fenton was not only partisan and negative, but wildly inaccurate as well.
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. That is simply not the case.
Woodbury police cited Brenda Lee Holmes, 42, Marcus Maurice Holmes, 22, both of White Bear Lake, with theft and fifth-degree assault after responding to call at 10:41 p.m. June 18. The two had left Cowboy Jack's restaurant, 1690 Woodlane Drive, without paying their $350 bill. Staff at the restaurant reported that they pushed and shouted at staff members who tried to confront them. Both were taken into custody and cited.
The Minnesota Legislature did get its work done this past session, in spite of obstacles put in the way by our governor. The following is a list of some their accomplishments they did get done: • Largest tax relief in two decades amounting to $650 million. • Largest investment in roads and bridge infrastructure with no tax or fee increases. • The state will not pay for Southwest LRT operating costs. • Health care premium relief for individual insurance market.
Graduation season is just behind us and I wanted to say what an honor it is to be part of our education system. As an assistant principal at Minnesota Connections Academy, an online public school serving K-12 students from across the state, this is a particularly exciting and rewarding time.
The Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurant at Valley Creek Plaza in Woodbury was the top fundraiser in this year's St. Patrick's Day program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The restaurant raised more than $5,100, which will be used to send five local kids to Camp True Friends in Maple Lake, Minn., this summer. Sixty-one Applebee's restaurants throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin took part in the program collecting more than $86,000.
According to the June 27 St. Paul Pioneer Press, St. Anthony Village awarded the Castile family $3 million for the wrongful death of Philandro Castile. The paper further reports that "The settlement allows the Castile family to avoid filing a wrongful death civil rights lawsuit..." Huh? Give away $3 million without going to court. How could St. Anthony Village be culpable when officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of all charges?