Guest Editorial

ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers Inc. Minnesota’s 8th District race between incumbent DFL Rep. Rick Nolan and Republican challenger Stewart Mills has been targeted by national political groups. Most readers have already seen the effect of that targeting with the barrage of negative TV ads that have been airing. We urge readers to discount those […]

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No matter what your position on the wars, we honor the warriors this Veterans Week. Gone are the days, thank goodness, when warriors who returned from the Vietnam War were greeted shamefully. Now, communities across the state are organizing Beyond the Yellow Ribbon units, designed to organize their resources and to help military families in […]

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Don Heinzman ECM Editorial Writer During these unsettled political times, public confidence in state and national lawmakers is down. The average person who really wants to get involved has one chance to change the country’s direction and its office holders, and that’s by attending their precinct caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Changing the direction and […]

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By Don Heinzman ECM Editorial Writer Communities are trying to promote their unique qualities through what’s become known as “branding.” The branding is meant to attract attention of businesses looking for a place to locate, thus increasing the tax base of the community. Suburbs often are characterized as “burbs” with little identity and lumped in […]

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By Don Heinzman ECM Editorial Writer Contrary to what critics are saying, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (federal stimulus funds) is creating and saving jobs in Minnesota. Amid the din and chatter during this toxic political campaign season, those who say the stimulus funds have not created or saved jobs in Minnesota are wrong. […]

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By Don Heinzman ECM Editorial Writer A major concern in this “new normal” state is the need for local governments to be more efficient and share services to save taxpayer dollars. County, city council and school board staffs are discussing this and meeting together. The topic is coming up more during council meetings. Ramsey, for […]

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