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We're nearing the end of the 2013 legislative session in St. Paul, but we still face some tough decisions on spending over the next month. I would like to provide you with a general overview from the Legislature as well as some specific issues I have been working on for you this year. I am first and foremost concerned that proposals this year to raise taxes and fees by nearly $3 billion, coupled with the bonding proposals that increase our debt, create a deadly combination that will jeopardize our economic progress.
I'd like to thank the sponsors of the April 22 Taste of South Washington County Schools Extravaganza, Dr. Joel Bexell & Dr. Donna Bexell and Anchor Bank of Woodbury and St. Paul Park. Their sponsorship allowed us to invite area restaurants and food vendors who brought wonderful samples and treats for us -- Sunsets, Machine Shed, Yo-Joe's, David's Chophouse, Mississippi Dunes, Jimmy John's -Woodbury, Carbone's on Lake Road, Great Harvest Bread, Sole Mio, Starbucks at Kowalski's, District 833 Nutrition Services and Premium Waters.
In the book, "Forgiveness is a Choice," by Dr. Robert Enright, states that forgiveness is a gift we give to ourselves. He says when we have been harmed in some way by someone, or a situation, it is our choice to hold on to the hurt and the anger we feel toward the other. We all know that hurt and anger has a way of reflecting back on ourselves and harming us much more than it does anyone or anything else. So when we make the choice to forgive, we are actually freeing ourselves. Take a moment and think about someone or something in your life toward whom you are harboring resentment. As Dr.
On Wednesday evening, April 24, 2013, while you were tucking your children into bed, Minnesota House Democrats passed a $2.6 billion dollar tax increase. This breaks down to $547 for every Minnesotan, and is the largest tax increase for Minnesota in 30 years. In short, Democrats raised taxes on each and every hardworking Minnesota taxpayer.
I want to send a big thank you to all the firefighters that took part in controlling the Kingsfield Lane twin home fire. They worked hard to contain it to one twin home. This could have been much worse. Woodbury, Oakdale, Lake Elmo, Cottage Grove, Lower St. Croix fire departments worked together and saved the buildings on either side of the unit that burned. As one of those owners, thank you very much! Jim Grausnick - Woodbury
"What a party," you think as you drive yourself home. Suddenly the night sky is filled with flashing red and blue lights and you worry that you may be in trouble. Did you drink too much to be driving legally? DWI law confuses a lot of people. The name itself is confusing. DWI is sometimes called DUI. But in Minnesota the acronyms DWI (meaning "driving while intoxicated") and DUI (meaning "driving while under the influence") are used interchangeably.
Finding adequate gun range time and a training facility to take the classes in is becoming more of a challenge for Washington County law enforcement and emergency service personnel. With the nearest public safety training facility located in Burnsville, Brooklyn Park or Hudson, Wis., Cottage Grove Police Chief Craig Woolery said the southeast metro is due for its own facility. "We know firsthand what a challenge it is to find available range time," Woolery said. "We're seeing that everyone from northern Dakota County all the way over to Mendota Heights is running out of space.
To most dog owners, the furry canine is an integral part of family dynamics. A best friend, member of the family. But, for dog owners battling cancer, they can be life savers. For the last three years, the American Cancer Society Bark For Life has given cancer survivors, their friends and family members, and those in support of the cause another reason to walk their dogs.
The 2013 Community Involvement Awards were presented to three individuals and one group of Washington County residents and volunteers during the Washington County Board of Commissioners meeting April 23. As part of National Volunteer week, Shawn Ramberg of Woodbury, was awarded the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award for his volunteer work as a Play Team youth leader at the Minnesota Children's Museum. In addition to volunteering with the Children's Museum, Shawn has volunteered as a member of the Community Youth Council of South Washington County where he provided day care and kid-friendly ac
Ever since his cousin Louis Ayeni signed to play Division I football for Northwestern University, Woodbury's Ayo Idowu has dreamed of playing in the National Football League. Next week, he'll get his chance. Idowu, who played defensive line for the University of St. Thomas last season, has been invited to try out for the Seattle Seahawks. "This is a huge dream of mine," Idowu said. "It's always what I've wanted to do. When Tim Brewster didn't give me a scholarship to Minnesota, I didn't think it was going to happen. For a Division III guy, chances like this don't come very often.