Lori Copler

03/04/2015 - 7:44am
Everyone agrees that it’s good news: the state of Minnesota is expected to have a $1.9 billion surplus with which to work as the Legislature continues its current session. Of course, not everyone agrees on what to do with the money. Some say the surplus is proof that the state is overtaxing its residents and businesses, and at least some of the money should be returned to the taxpayers....
03/04/2015 - 7:43am
Sometimes, a reporter’s job feels like an endless succession of government meetings — city councils, school boards, county boards, planning commissions, etc. — in which we sit through long, detailed discussions, absorbing facts and figures, which we boil down into informative articles so you don’t have to sit through the...
03/04/2015 - 7:33am
Dennis “Denny” Vinar of Eden Prairie was sitting at a Republican party meeting one Saturday in October when a person at his table raised this question: “If you knew you only had 60 days to live, who would be the one person you would want to talk to?” Vinar’s mind immediately flashed back to his teenage years in...
03/04/2015 - 7:11am
A proposed post-treatment home for recovering substance abusers drew concerns from neighbors at a public hearing held by the McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission Wednesday morning, Feb. 25. Todd Knapper and Kirsten Jacques are proposing to develop a farmsite into “Sober Farm,” a post-treatment residential facility, located...
02/25/2015 - 12:04pm
One doesn’t need to attend a transportation forum or a highway coalition meeting to learn that roads in our state are in a deplorable condition and rapidly declining, especially in outstate Minnesota. One only needs to travel Highway 15 between Brownton and Winthrop, or Highway 212 east of Glencoe, to get a jaw-rattling reality check of...
02/25/2015 - 11:53am
The McLeod County Highway Department is hoping to get better bids by planning projects in the area of the Highway 15 reconstruction planned this summer between Highway 212 near Brownton and Winthrop. The McLeod County Board considered — and adopted — a new five-year highway and bridge plan at its Feb. 17 meeting. The county is...
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