Opinion

To the Editor: They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The result of every general election since precinct-level results were available in 1976 shows that a Republican has not won once in Columbia Heights. But in Columbia Heights, we have been bold. We have been different. [...]

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An ode to jewelweed By Jen Knight Guest Columnist However you name it — touch-me-not, snapweed, orange balsam or jewelweed — this native flower will always be among my favorites. Their brilliant blooms attract hummingbirds and other pollinators with their tempting flame-colored hues, and although they look like exotic orchids, these flowers actually hail from [...]

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By Lynne Forbragd – Guest Columnist If you are considering adding hydrangeas to your landscape, this is a great time of year to see them in full bloom. From mid-July through the end of August, hydrangea flowers transform from bright white or cream to shades of pink, blue, burgundy and lime green. Almost in every neighborhood, [...]

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A 21st Century Shame: Food Insecurity in Minnesota By Clarence Hightower Guest Columnist After witnessing the national media coverage of the Chicago Public Schools Teacher’s Strike of 2012, one distinct and disturbing image still haunts me. I clearly remember many parents asking; in fact begging city officials to keep the schools open as it was [...]

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Reptiles native and alien at Springbrook Nature Center By Gael Zembal Guest Columnist Recently, Springbrook Nature Center has played host to a tiny creature that has captivated every person who sees her. She is a brown anole — pronounced “uh-knoll” — a reptile similar to a small gecko, and is a native of Cuba and [...]

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