Applying lean thinking practices can work both professionally, personally

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During the last year or so, my dad has been reading through a lot of books for work. They’ve had various titles, but they all mentioned lean thinking or the lean workplace. Though I was always interested in learning about the subject, during senior year I never managed to pick one up. During the summer though, with college on the

Minnesota State Fair has impressive history

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  It’s time once again for the Minnesota State Fair. Although, I do have an admission to make. Despite all of the excitement and buzz that is generated around the event each year, I have never been to the State Fair in my memory. My parents took me there when I was about 2, but that doesn’t really count since

Justices should be referees, not players on a partisan team

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During the last few weeks, the country has been living through another momentous, and contentious nomination to the Supreme Court. On July 9, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to succeed the retiring Anthony Kennedy. Almost immediately, the battle lines were drawn and we as a nation will bear witness to another exhausting

Knowledge Bowl great activity for students, area

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We’re in the midst of an exciting season here in Central Minnesota, and no it’s not the massive amount of snow that came down on us in recent weeks. Many school sports and activities have been having their state meets and tournaments. One of these, the State Knowledge Bowl Meet, was held just recently on April 12 and 13. Knowledge

St. Patrick’s Day is about more than green beer

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by Connor Kockler Recently, an invasion of green in what has otherwise been a white winter took over the United States. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a spell of warm weather, but an event we know as St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday with an interesting history.  If you’ve heard about St. Patrick, you may have encountered the story in which he banished

Blame game hurts honest gun violence debate

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Connor Kockler After the horrific shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Valentine’s Day, we saw a nation shocked and horrified by yet more scenes of senseless violence. Another 17 innocent lives were lost, and many people’s’ sense of safety, damaged by Sandy Hook and Las Vegas, was further reduced. Once again, the debate over how to best prevent such incidents from