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The search is on in earnest. What began as a sporadic, poorly funded (if at all), and shot-in-the-dark search for alien life by a few astronomers and scientists who in some cases kissed their grants good-bye because of their interest has now become a multibillion dollar enterprise by governm…

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Last Sunday’s Reminisce column touched on the story about Minnesota’s current record muskellunge, caught in 1957. Fishing guide Art Lyons caught it just off the shores of High Banks Resort. It took nearly two hours to land the muskie, which officially weighed 54 pounds. And it took nearly 20…

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Je ne parle pas français du tout, mais ça peut être notre petit secret

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Itasca Waters, a Grand Rapids non-profit that advocates for clean water in Itasca County and surrounding areas, has developed a unique program: The Shoreland Advisors Program. This pilot program, developed with the University of Morris Extension, provides onsite information and assistance to…

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In 2016, Volkswagen settled its lawsuit with the federal government for violating the Clean Air Act. Minnesota’s share was $47 million over a 10-year time period. Across the country, states have used these funds to replace diesel fuel vehicles with electric. Let’s use our Minnesota funds to …

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This week, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and 35 of her fellow Democratic Senate colleagues condemned a proposed rule that would weaken critical protections aimed to help address discrimination in health care. Sen. Smith believes the Trump Administration should instead focus on solutions …

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After completing a year as the president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ), I find First Amendment freedoms remain under fire from numerous directions in Minnesota and elsewhere.

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There are few things in this world that excite me like food. Nothing makes me happier than cooking food, planning weekly menus, watching the Food Network channel or simply looking at the posts the hundreds of chefs and food aficionados I follow on social media. I love exploring new recipes j…

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April snow that refused to melt remained on the ground, a reminder of a winter that just would not end. That morning, we sat around the table in the squad room drinking coffee, discussing the department’s upcoming temporary relocation next door to the fire station training room. There would …

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The U.S. Supreme Court in June said we can’t see certain kinds of information we may well need to participate in democracy as self-governing citizens. To paraphrase a line from “Network,” the movie and play recently on Broadway, we should be “mad as hell” about it.

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This is my final article in this Progressive Voice column. I have accepted a new call and will be relocating in August. While I am sure there are some who may be dancing in the streets over this news, it’s quite bittersweet for me. I’ve lived and served in Grand Rapids for 16 years and I’ve …

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When I was in sixth grade, our bus driver asked me to be a “bus patrol.” Duties were to “flag” students across the highway and “run the tracks.” I accepted because of the perks. I got into games and school functions for free and there was a picnic at the end of the school year. But an incide…

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Sometimes common ground is hard to recognize in politics. That makes acknowledging it all the more important. One issue on which citizens and elected officials agree: We need safe, reliable roads and bridges throughout the state. Whether you’re moving goods and services to create jobs or sim…

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“Where the Big Pike Lie and the Wild Ducks Fly!” was the motto Ingwald Nelson used in advertising the High Banks Resort. It is believed that in 1929 he leased land from the U.S. Forest Service and built a lodge which would accommodate a handful of sportsmen. In the 90 years since then, the H…

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It’s time to talk money. Library funding is complex, but please, stick with me, this is important. In a nutshell, your library is supported by both the City of Grand Rapids and Itasca County. (We were surprised to find out that many patrons thought the library also received ongoing support f…

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Your story on the recent death of a two year old, and disabling injuries to his babysitter are beyond tragic and my heart goes out to these families. What I can’t understand is the lack of empathy and judgement on the part of our local judicial system that allows a hit and run driver with mu…

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I read with interest the opinion piece in the Herald Review (July 31, 2019), entitled “Enbridge celebrates 70 years in Grand Rapids.” I was born and raised in Grand Rapids and have lived here most of my life, so I have seen the company grow and prosper over the years. They have provided good…

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A new Minnesota law that went into effect last Thursday prohibits drivers from using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle unless it can be done by voice commands or single touch activation. Officers have come across very few people driving while holding cell phones after the law went…

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In 2010, Utecht Custom Homes adopted the highway and the walkway under the bridge on 169 between Zorbaz and the Pickled Loon. Every spring and fall, my husband Mark and our sons Sam and Colton walk that area cleaning up all kinds of debris. During the spring through the fall, I walk the path…

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You have all been invited to the Civil Air Patrol Pancake Breakfasts held each August at the Walker Airport named in honor of Ken Bresley. But, how much do you actually know about the CAP?

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Thanks to Isaac Newton and other insightful thinkers, science has developed two general ways of viewing “reality.” One deals with big things we can see around us. Newton, Kepler and others used mathematics to predict the interactions of these “macro-objects.” These ideas, reduced to mathemat…

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Are you looking for a family-friendly, free local art event? MacRostie Art Center (MAC) has something for you. Every second Saturday of the month, MAC hosts an event called Families Create! Second Saturday. During this event, families can join in on unique kid-friendly art activities with no…

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Sunday is the last day of the book sale! If you haven’t stopped by the sale in the Central Square Mall, there is still time today. The sale runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. A great big thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the sale. Thank you, thank you, thank you! A major group of v…

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In response to Iron Range Legislators respond to calls to stop the PolyMet permit” (letter to the editor GRHR July 28):

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The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) establishes in-service training requirements for police officers to maintain their licenses to practice law enforcement. The Board has mandated some new training requirements. One of these requirements is training in de-e…

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In 2019, Enbridge celebrates seven decades in communities along our system right of way like Grand Rapids, Thief River Falls, Bemidji, Deer River, Cass Lake, Floodwood, and Superior. As a matter of fact, Lakehead Pipe Line was born in Superior in August of 1949, formed as a wholly owned U.S.…

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My cheers to Dr. Tom Hastings (letter to the editor July 21, 2019 GRHR)! I couldn’t have said it better. The current White House Occupant is the complete opposite person as to what this country stands for. He’s never stopped name calling, encouraging divisive behavior and lying. I beg those …

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Blandin Foundation has been standing alongside and investing in rural Minnesota leaders and communities for 78 years. Over time, we have come to know this to be true: Communities cannot be strong, healthy and vibrant unless they are working for, and safe for, all peoples.

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Reports of incidents with black bears have been reported since my first articles on bears earlier this summer. Several area beekeepers have lost hives to bears. There have been the usual tipped over garbage cans and a couple of break-ins into cabins and a garage. But no one was killed and so…

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The Library needs your help. Arrowhead Library System and Grand Rapids Area Library (GRAL) are requesting a $70,000 funding increase from the Itasca County Board of Commissioners - less than $2 per resident - to continue basic operations (books, hours, staff) at current levels. Library fundi…

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The claims by metro legislators and anti-mining groups about PolyMet Mining are downright fabrications. It is very disappointing that people don’t know or don’t care what our strong rules and regulations require, and that the media continues to perpetuate the misinformation. The people of th…

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What motivation is there for privately owned and operated ICE detention centers on our southern border to limit populations or to release detainees to HHS when their financial incentive is up to $750 per day (taxpayer dollars) for every man, woman and child they keep? What is their motivatio…

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Just recently, the St. Louis Park City Council decided to ban the saying and playing of the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. Since then, they have withdrawn their decision because the President of the United States criticized the ban. Not too long ago, a nati…

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I read with interest the article on District 318 attitude on sports. When I competed in sports at GRHS in late ‘40s the school had four sports and I lettered in all four but had Noble Hall as coach in three of them (football, basketball, baseball, with track as my fourth and Webb LaBeau as m…

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People who support Line 3 know that not only do we need it, but replacing it is the best way to protect the environment.

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A while ago, Trump joked with Putin about interfering with our elections. He joked about getting “rid of” journalists with a man who has journalists murdered. The president is looking out for himself, NOT the American people. - Elizabeth Warren (Trump is a Putin “wannabe,” who wants to have …

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Historically, summer is the busiest time of year for Minnesota police departments. The Grand Rapids Police Department is no exception. With the vacation season in full swing, there are more people in town. This brings with it more vehicle traffic and we see an increase in the number of drivi…

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If in the distant future people are born and raised in a human settlement on Mars, they can never come back to live on earth even if in that period travel between earth and Mars becomes routine, unless they are able to utilize mechanical enhancers. Why?

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Trump rally participants chanted about Ilhan Omar: “Send her back! Send her back!” They are shameless so I feel shame for them.

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By the time country music stars Little Texas hit the stage to headline Grand Jam 2019 at the Itasca County Fairgrounds midway last Saturday, the crowd, just shy of a thousand people, was ready to “Kick a Little” to the band’s string of hits. But to be fair, they’d been kicking (a lot) all day.

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Washington D.C. — World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle died during the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. In his pocket was a draft of his last column, “On Victory in Europe.” He wrote, “...the companionship of two and a half years of death and misery is a spouse that tolerates no divorce. Such c…

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