Political shifts ebb and flow like ocean tides and in the Brainerd area there's no event where that's more apparent than the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's Eggs and Issues session that previews the upcoming legislative session.
The next Eggs and Issues is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Lodge at Brainerd Lakes and after the shake-up from the 2010 election Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, will be the lone Democrat lawmaker at this session.
It if wasn't for Ward's gregarious manner we'd label him the Maytag repairman ... the loneliest guy in town.
Before Facebook was invented my mom exchanged Christmas cards with far-flung friends for decades. If one year she didn't receive a card from the family it meant that their status had been changed to: Wife died.
Civility in government is the latest buzz phrase and if it causes politicians to actually curb some of their wilder, less than accurate statements, I'm all for it.
Many Republicans and Democrats have decided to cross the aisle and sit with members of the opposing party during the president's State of the Union speech. That's a small gesture and one that seems like a no-brainer from the perspective of a small town journalist. It's not unusual for political rivals in Crow Wing County to see each other in church, at service club meetings or at the grocery store.
Seniors have always been my favorite category of people to interview. They combine perspective, knowledge and the willingness to say exactly what’s on their mind. As a result I was pleased to be asked to talk about the Brainerd Dispatch at The Senior Morning Club at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center on Aug. 3.