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There exists a bromide known as ‘Parkinson’s Law” which simply states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

Last week a mayfly invasion nearly entombed the front door of our Eden Prairie news office. They are attracted to our lobby lights. The swarm …

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Nestled halfway between Memorial Day — the day we honor those who gave their lives for our country — and the 4th of July, a jubilant celebrati…

Spring in the Mille Lacs area comes with a lot of anticipation of seeing a big beautiful ice-free lake — marking the beginning of another awes…

For the sake of argument, let’s say that a former Commander-in-Chief of the United States said that soldiers who served in the Vietnam war wer…

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You see it time and again at after-church fellowship gatherings, at bars and at most casual parties: small talk taking place among little clut…

Living a real-life idiom — those phrases that have both literal and figurative meanings —is a rewarding diversion for word nerds like me.

As a kid, the town dump, yes, many small towns had dumps, was located just yards from a river that cut through the north side of our village. …

Teaching has always been both a science and an art. That is why those aspiring to become educators not only take classes in the nuts and bolts…

Every time I see Democrats or Republicans blast each other for stalled legislation in D.C., I think of Chuck Barris, hoping somebody will expo…

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If one was looking for a barometer as to where this country stands with regard to what or who is worth venerating, look no further than the tr…

If you’ve driven Hwy. 169 up the west side of Mille Lacs Lake in the last couple years you know exactly what I’m talking about. Between the en…

After nearly a two-year hiatus, we are back on the road. Two years ago this week, we were heading home from a three-week sojourn across the so…

With the fall of Afghanistan, there were many trying to draw a parallel between the 10-year Vietnam conflict and this 20-year fiasco. As a sur…

In 2015 the ECM Editorial Board offered an opinion of support for the Southwest Light Rail project. It came on the heels of the Metropolitan C…

In 1969, Laurence Peter coined what has become known as the “Peter Principle.” His principle basically states that, people in a hierarchy tend…

There are a lot of foods I no longer eat, but goulash, casserole and Jell-O fruit salad stand apart. Not coincidentally, all are staples of th…

There was a time when most of us believed professional athletes had a higher responsibility than others to set a good example for our youth. 

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