Back on the trail, Pawlenty campaigns by asking questions

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Not all political campaigning happens at rallies for thousands of supporters or in summer festival parades. Sometimes, politicians seek votes in very small informal groups. Recently, I followed Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Fischbach on two St. Cloud visits focused on jobs and workforce development. Pawlenty served two terms as governor, from 2003 to 2011. He bypassed the state Republican convention

World Cup finding its way into Americans’ hearts

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Every four years, one of the largest sporting events in the world takes place, with billions of fans from around the world watching. Many teams, though starting with high hopes, are faced with some of the toughest competition the globe has to offer, leaving only one champion. No, this isn’t the Olympics, but the FIFA World Cup, the world’s most

Band members connected by more than notes

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More than musical notes connected 54 St. Cloud Municipal Band members, family and friends during a 10-day trip to Europe last week. The band played three concerts, starting in St. Cloud’s sister city of Spalt, Germany. The trip continued through Lichtenstein and Austria to Zermatt, Switzerland, and then north to Colmar, France, before a stop in Ulm, Germany, on the

Beware the virtues of a paperless world

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The paperless society is truly here and I enthusiastically embrace it. No more paper tickets, bills or checks. Manage your finances, indeed your entire life, with a click of a mouse or with a tap on a smartphone. It sounds great and it works like magic…until it doesn’t. Then we are victims to an electronic high-tech hell. Multiple digital failures

Is it time for online retailers to pay sales tax?

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It’s a part of the shopping process that is always frustrating for consumers. After finding all of your chosen items in a brick-and-mortar store, you step up to the register where you are charged sales tax from a complicated percentage that would be next to impossible to estimate without a calculator. This is the way shopping has been for a