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3 City Obama Won Twice Democrats Just Got Voted Off Council



3 City Obama Won Twice Democrats Just Got Voted Off Council

Polls by the establishment media are telling us that the presidential race is almost over, and that Joe Biden is supposed to be Democrat nominee for the Oval Office.

According to the Wednesday Quinnipiac poll, President Donald Trump was better prepared to go for a longer holiday to Mar-a-Lago.

The survey shows that Biden has an 11-point national advantage over Trump. Biden leads the President by 50% to the 39% of Trump, less than six months to the election in November.

Well known sound? It ought to.

An October 2016 ABC News poll shows that, a couple of weeks before the elections, Hillary Clinton was 12 points ahead of Trump.

Clinton led Trump by 50% to 38% in the poll.

We all know how, but here we are, four years later, with surveys that are supposed to reveal a blue wave.

But what’s going on in the field is a very different story than voting, and the forthcoming election in 2020 might also be a preview.

Despite the devastating polling, the Republicans have won races throughout the country.

In the 2020 election, do you think President Trump will win?

Last week, several months after Katie Hill ‘s resignation in disgrace, Mike García, a Republican who was backed by Trump fled California’s 25th Congressional District.

Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District has been awarded by Tom Tifany, another candidate with Trump support, in the Democrats’ battle to take up the seat after former GOP Rep. Sean Duffy’s resignation.

We are turning now to Northern Virginia where voters in two communities took to the polls this week, and in an obvious referendum on the far-left Ruler Ralph Northam, as well as other State and local Democrats sent incumbent Democrats packages.

There were large numbers of republicans and now, according to the Daily Caller, three democratic incumbents in the city council are out of work.

Democrats Erik Curren, Ophie Kier and James Harrington were expelled from the community that voted twice for former President Barack Obama.

According to the WHSV the Democrats in the council will be replaced by Republicans Mark Robertson, Amy Darby and Steve Claffey and Republican Andrea Oakes won the re election – allowing conservative candidates to sweep up electoral competition on the municipal council and giving the Republicans a majority on the council.

Elector of Lana Williams and Bruce Allen, the two Republicans who gave the city council a Republican majority, have been elected in the next city of Waynesboro, too.

In Staunton, where the three incumbent Democratic leaders had almost doubled their overall votes from 2016, Chris Graham, the Augusta Free Press, noted surprising results of the polls, but still succeeded in losing them all.

Graham claimed that there were unusually large numbers of Democrats, but the Republicans waged a tide.

‘Those are all more than their overall votes for 2016, Ophie Kier, James Harrington and Erik Curren in their re-elections in 2020’ he wrote.

“Democrats have better out their voters in years than in the May cycle,” Graham said. “The Republicans are more like the turnout, not just a presidential year, but moving closer to the establishment.”

“We are now run by the Republicans,” said Graham, “The town that has twice voted on Barack Obama, voted on Hillary Clinton, voted on Terry McAuliffe and Northam, and even given Jennifer Lewis a strong majority in its 2018 congreen contest against Ben Cline,”

“What happens in politics seldom shocks me, but I must admit I didn’t see this happening.”

Since law-makers in Virginia were threatening civil freedoms, voters in a democratic stronghold sent a strong message first with proposals for arms collection, and now with prolonged draconian lockdowns in the coronavirus.

“Conservative slates were regulated as groups in both cities and stressed in their campaigns the Second Amendment,” Graham wrote.

“In fact, tactics have succeeded and both D and R have improved, but Staunton ‘s change is incredible almost beyond expression.”

Those in Virginia join in sending a similar message to Democrats and to the Wisconsinites in the same month.

Women voters stood up for their rights in the sense of Democrats telling us that such freedoms can be fragile.

It is time for national polls to start writing a Republican Party eulogy.

Republicans appear to be energised from coast to coast, ready to stand up to the Democrats and resist liberal funding from a tyrannical big government.

Rajesh is a freelancer with a background in e-commerce marketing. Having spent her career in startups, He specializes in strategizing and executing marketing campaigns.

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COVID outbreaks in Colorado schools infect 3,000 kids, more than 400 staff



COVID outbreaks in Colorado schools infect 3,000 kids, more than 400 staff

Close to 3,000 children in Colorado have gotten COVID-19 in school, according to data from the state health department.

That’s a small percentage of the more than 883,000 students attending K-12 schools in the state, but more than three times as many kids as were infected in school at the previous high point in December. People younger than 20 new account for about one-quarter of new COVID-19 infections in the state.

Outbreaks in schools rose for the eighth week in a row, with 199 listed in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s data. The outbreaks have infected 456 staff members and 2,997 students — an increase of more than 1,000 cases in kids compared to three weeks ago. One person, a staff member at Sandrock Elementary School in Craig, has died of the virus.

The figures may be an undercount because schools, like most other settings, only have to report an outbreak if they have five or more cases that share a link, such as a common class or extracurricular activity.

At the peak for school outbreaks in December, 212 schools reported clusters, infecting 387 staff members and 863 students. Fewer schools were offering in-person classes then, and children 10 and older were required to wear masks, which may explain some of the difference. New cases began to drop off as schools moved online, sometimes due to a lack of substitutes for staff who had to quarantine.

Outbreaks in child care centers also have increased in recent weeks, though they remain relatively rare. Throughout September, between 15 and 18 facilities reported outbreaks any given week, but 28 did on Wednesday.

Severe COVID-19 among kids has remained rare, with eight kids between 12 and 17 currently hospitalized, as well as 11 children too young to be vaccinated. But kids have “suffered greatly” from the disease itself, losing loved ones and going without in-person school and social events last year, Dr. Sean O’Leary, an infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, said at a news conference Wednesday.

Nationwide, about 500 children have died of COVID-19, which made it one of the top 10 causes of death for kids in 2020, O’Leary said.

“It’s incorrect to say it’s a benign disease in children,” he said.

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‘Burn in hell, by the way’: Asian American psychologist told to ‘get the f*ck out’ of the country



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A psychologist in Austin, Texas, shared a video on TikTok of her receiving a racially abusive voicemail from a woman who told her to “get the f*ck out of my nation” and “burn in hell.”

Hate voicemail: Dr. Han Ren, a licensed clinical and school psychologist, who has more than 124,000 followers on TikTok, described the voicemail as “violent.”

  • “I just heard you speak for a couple of moments on a TikTok or something like that online,” the woman starts off in the video.
  • “You live in Austin, Texas, in the greatest nation that has ever been made. And you’re sitting there, insulting Americans, and you’re talking about the strength of the American people, and you’re twisting them into something that is perverted. I suggest you get the f*ck out of my nation, okay?”
  • The caller goes on to say she doesn’t know which Asian country Ren comes from but that the psychologist wants to “come in and pervert everything that is good and decent in the American way of life.”
  • The caller reemphasizes, “Get the f*ck out of my nation, okay? You don’t belong here.” She ends the call by telling Ren to “burn in hell, by the way.”
@drhanrenI’m not here for the anti-Asian [email protected] greatest hits reel. Dialing it back on content to protect my peace.♬ original sound – Han Ren, Ph.D.

The doctor is in: In response to the call, Ren pointed out that the woman was so triggered that she took it upon herself to leave someone a hateful message. 

  • “I have never been against America, the American government or the American people,” Ren says in her video. “So, if she have somehow equated my anti-racist, anti-oppressive views as being anti-American, then that must mean that she has some ideas about what America stands for, and that’s not me. That’s not my words. That is on her.”
  • In a comment that she wrote on her video, she stated that the woman must have found her number from her website, which she has now taken down. 
  • Ren received several supportive comments from TikTok followers, with one describing the caller as a “mayosapien.”

Featured Image via @drhanren

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‘Squid Game’ is officially Netflix’s most-watched series launch of all time



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Netflix announced that their hit show “Squid Game” has become their platform’s top series of all time

“Squid Game” makes history: On Oct. 12, Netflix released a tweet stating that “Squid Game” is now the platform’s biggest series launch.

  • “Squid Game has officially reached 111 million fans — making it our biggest series launch ever!” Netflix tweeted accompanied with an original clip.
  • “I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to you all,” the voice of the soldier with the square mask, who announced the games in the show, narrates in the short clip. “111 million of you have joined the ranks of the VIPs, making ‘Squid Game’ our #1 show in the world. And for the rest of you, will you seize the opportunity to join the game?”   
  • At Vox Media’s Code Conference on Sept. 27, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos predicted “Squid Game” had a “very good chance” of becoming the streaming company’s “biggest show ever,” reported NextShark.  
  • “Squid Game” has now surpassed the 82-million-household sampling of “Bridgerton” in a shorter amount of time, according to CNN. The Korean drama has been viewed by 111 million accounts who have watched at least two minutes of the series in less than four weeks since its debut on Sept. 17.
  • “When we first started investing in Korean series and films in 2015, we knew we wanted to make world-class stories for the core K-content fans across Asia and the world,” Minyoung Kim, Netflix’s vice president of content for Asia Pacific, told CNN. “Today, Squid Game has broken through beyond our wildest dreams.”
  • The Korean drama continues to be No. 1 on Netflix’s Top 10 list in 94 countries.  

Featured Image via Netflix


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Thursday Pickorama



Danny V ‘s Thursday Pickorama

After back to back weeks of rolling seven, we jumped back into the eight-win club this past week.

Tewksbury, Milford, Marblehead (though they made us sweat a bit), Duxbury, Reading, Natick, Catholic Memorial and Manchester-Essex did their part to make us look good. As for Abington and Lawrence Academy, they were the obstacles in their quest for a perfect week.

We figured with the excitement surrounding Abington and head coach Jim Kelliher becoming the third coach in state history to coach 500 games, the natural pick was to ride the emotional (Green) wave to victory. Rockland decided not to read the script and turned in a masterful defensive performance on its way to a big win.

We’ve been perfect in picking ISL games so far. Until Saturday.

Lawrence Academy has been pointing to this year as a revenge tour of sorts. Milton Academy wanted no part of it and knocked off the Spartans to remain unbeaten.

Let’s turn the page and make our picks for Week 6.

Catholic Memorial over ST. JOHN’S PREP: Just think the Knights might have a little too much speed.

EAST BOSTON over Latin Academy: Winner essentially claims the Boston North title.

Blue Hills over OLD COLONY: The winning streak lives on.

Central Catholic over METHUEN: Raiders take control in the MVC Large race.

SCITUATE over Hanover: Scoreboard operators will be busy Friday night.

Milford over KING PHILIP: Say this for the Olson brothers, they don’t lack for confidence and we love it.

Rockland over MIDDLEBORO: Went against Rockland last week and paid the price.

Tewksbury over CHELMSFORD: Redmen are getting better with each week.

Lawrence Academy over ST. SEBASTIAN’S: Spartans get a much-needed bounce back victory.

BB&N over Belmont Hill: The Men of Willey roll on.


LAST WEEK: 8-2 (.800)

YEAR TO DATE: 38-12 (.760)

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Original ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Japanese voice cast reunites after 20 years to dub live-action Netflix series



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The Japanese dub of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of “Cowboy Bebop,” premiering in November, is set to feature the original anime’s voice actors.

Old and new: Netflix announced that the original voice cast of the critically-acclaimed anime will take on their original roles for the Japanese language track of the live-action adaptation, with Taiten Kusunoki replacing the late Unshō Ishizuka as Jet Black.

  • Kōichi Yamadera returns as the voice of Spike Spiegel, who will be played by John Cho in the live-action version of the series.
  • Other returning anime cast members include Megumi Hayashibara as Faye, Norio Wakamoto as Vicious, Gara Takashima as Julia, Ken’yû Horiuchi as Gren, Takaya Hashi as the Teddy Bomber, and Tsutomu Taruki and Miki Nagasawa as Punch and Judy.
  • Hikaru Midorikawa is back as the voice of Lin, with Romi Park voicing Lin’s younger brother Shin, who was originally portrayed by Nobuyuki Hiyama.
  • Masako Isobe will be the new voice of Spike’s mentor Mao, replacing Kazuaki Itō.

The show lives on: All 26 episodes of the “Cowboy Bebop” anime, which is currently streaming on Hulu, will also make their way onto to Netflix on Oct. 21, giving fans enough time to catch up on the story before the live-action adaptation is released on the platform on Nov. 19.

  • Executive producer André Nemec assured fans that the Netflix series will not be “violating the canon in any direction.”
  • “For me, it’s a great surprise and honor that the ‘Cowboy Bebop’ universe has thrived for over 20 years and will continue onward,” said Shinichirō Watanabe, who directed the original anime as well as consulted on the live-action series, according to Entertainment Weekly.
  • “‘Cowboy Bebop’ is an important work for me,” voice actor Yamadera was quoted as saying. “I have long anticipated a live-action version. I can feel the strong respect it has toward the anime. I hope that viewers will see the atmosphere of the Spike character that I previously portrayed in John Cho’s performance, who is skillfully taking on the role in this version. There are also many settings and developments that can only be pulled off in a live-action series. I hope that both people who love ‘Cowboy Bebop’ and those who are new to the title can enjoy this new series!”

Featured Image via Netflix Anime

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Think you have a difficult name? Indonesian boy’s name is made up of 19 words



19 names for kid

A couple from East Java, Indonesia, was unable to obtain the birth certificate of their 3-year-old son after authorities said they could not print his name on the document because it was too long.

What’s in a name: The child’s name, which contains 19 words, or 115 letters, is significant to the history of the Islamic civilization, his father, Arif Akbar, explained, according to World of Buzz.

  • Akbar and his wife Suci Nur Aiysiah decided to name their son Rangga Madhipa Sutra Jiwa Cordosega Akre Askhala Mughal Ilkhanat Akbar Sahara Pi-Thariq Ziyad Syaifudin Quthuz Khoshala Sura Talenta after a discussion with Akbar’s uncle, Mujoko Zahid, who was a cultural figure in their area. Akbar and Aiysiah call their child Cordo for short.
  • Akbar hoped the name, which consists of historical personalities and locales, would encourage Cordo to grow up into a “global figure,” Mashable SEA reported.
  • He’ll have a global outlook and the power to realize his dreams,” Akbar said. “He’ll become a person who doesn’t have limited thinking nor narrow views, but has a global outlook with the initiative and strength to accomplish his goals. He’ll be strong, but also compassionate.”

Letter to the president: Cordo’s parents have tried to persuade authorities to give them his birth certificate, but they were always rejected. They were also encouraged to change their son’s name during one of the times they visited the agency.

  • Cordo’s parents wrote an open letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to help them with their case. They hope to get Cordo’s birth certificate before he starts school in two years.
  • The current limit to the number of letters allowed on official documents — including spaces — is 55 characters, according to Rahmad Ubaid, head of population and civil registration service in Tuban Regency, AsiaOne reported.

Featured Image via CNN Indonesia (left), BeritaSatu (right)

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Patriots offense must start faster – and it can through Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith



Patriots rookie Mac Jones continues to shine, authoring first comeback win

FOXBORO — Midway through last week’s game at Houston, Bill Belichick kneeled before his defense on the sideline with a message.

“Look, this game is about down and distance,” he bellowed, as captured by a team media crew. “Personnel’s going to change on every play, OK? Get back on track. That’s what this game is.”

The Patriots had been beaten on four straight scoring drives to start the game, a supposedly hapless rookie quarterback, Davis Mills, tearing them apart. Most of the offensive heavy lifting had been undertaken by a rotating cast of players around Mills. But Belichick wanted his defense to ignore them.

Because the Texans were actually managing Mills — and by extension their offense — based on time and place, not personnel, and had thereby seized control of the game. Belichick’s point was to reset the terms of engagement by playing the situation instead of the men across the line of scrimmage.

Setting the terms of engagement has been a season-long battle for the Patriots. When their defense hasn’t posted a first-quarter shutout, they’ve trailed every opponent but the Jets. The Pats rank 26th in scoring offense overall and first-quarter points scored.

Aside from the trouble of trailing early, starting slowly has also kept the Patriots’ two highest-paid offensive players off the field. Tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith have played together on fewer than 25% of snaps this season. They were supposed to be the new suns around which the Pats’ offense revolved — a remade, multiple attack packed with possibility.

Instead, the Patriots have routinely been forced into predictable passing situations, and Henry and Smith have combined for roughly as many receiving yards as Jakobi Meyers.

“There’s more to those two guys being on the field together. There’s no question about it, in all situations that we’re looking forward to trying to develop,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said of the tight ends this week. “Hopefully, we can gain control of the games. And at that point, then it’s kind of dealer’s choice what you want to use as opposed to, we’ve got to be in our (three-receiver) group because we’re more in a throwing mode or what have you.”

There are signs of hope. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones directed the offense to its first opening-drive points of the season in Houston, with Damien Harris scoring a touchdown to conclude an efficient 10-play, 60-yard march. That score would have been followed by another touchdown had Harris not fumbled at the goal line on the next series.

Meyers believes the Patriots are making progress.

“Everybody’s locking in, and not just dipping our toes in the water,” he said Wednesday. “Making sure we jump in, ready to go from the time the ball’s kicked off. The season’s a long season, so we feel like we’re getting better every game, and that was a good step in the right direction last week.”

This Sunday, that step needs to stretch into a leap.

The Cowboys (4-1) lead the league in first-quarter scoring. Not only that, but Dallas is averaging nine points in the first quarter — more than the Patriots have been averaging in the entire first half. It’s one of the many reasons the Cowboys are slated as 3.5-point favorites.

Assuming the Pats defense does its part — keeping the Cowboys to one score in the first quarter — there are paths for the offense to stake an early lead.

Dallas’ defense ranks second-worst in covering tight ends, according to Football Outsiders’ popular efficiency metric, DVOA. Featuring Henry and Smith in the first quarter should lead to easy throwing opportunities for Jones, particularly off play-action. The Cowboys have allowed a league-worst 149.1 passer rating to quarterbacks who specifically target tight ends on play-action passes, per Sports Info. Solutions.

Furthermore, Dallas is allowing opponents to average five yards per carry from 12 personnel groupings (one running back, two tight ends). So after reviving their run game in Houston, the message to the Patriots offense this week should be simple: beef up and bulldoze them.

Because if they fail, Jones will be forced to throw at a Cowboys defense that has relished playing from ahead. Star corner Trevon Diggs, a college teammate, leads the league with six interceptions. One more could put his former quarterback away, and push the Pats to 2-4.

“He’s sideline to sideline making plays, playing his technique, and you have to be aware of where he is at all times. He makes plays,” Jones said. “It’s not just him, too. There are other guys on the team that are also making plays, and they all play hard, and they play together. It’s a really good all-around defense. They play together as a team, and we’ve got to be ready to go.

“But obviously, you can’t be afraid of anyone.”

Only the situation into which they could drop you and your team.

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Letters: Control rent and build, too



Letters: Control rent and build, too

St Paul’s rent control/stabilization initiative should be passed as part of the solution to endemic homelessness in our city, but it must be coupled with direct creation of deeply affordable housing, and wide use of initiatives like the city’s 4D Affordable Housing Incentive Program to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing.

An editorial in the Star Tribune last week rejected rent control and argued that market forces of supply and demand will solve the problem by creating more housing supply. However, that editorial does not take into account David Schultz’s op-ed in the Oct. 8 Pioneer Press, which points out that the current housing insecurity and homelessness of low-wage citizens results from a failure of free-market forces. Housing for all must be sustained by the direct building of units affordable to new renters with low incomes, coupled with rent stabilization for current renters.

Schultz’s column in the Pioneer Press argues that 1) short-term rent stabilization when accompanied by vacancy control primarily benefits existing tenants but it makes it hard for new renters to find affordable units, so 2) it must be accompanied by targeted building of low-income units, which is a separate market from high-end units.

“Building more high-end units will not lower the costs for low-income units. They are separate markets. Developers will build units that yield the highest profit margin, and that is not necessarily middle-class or low-income rental housing, Schultz writes. He concludes, “Used more carefully and in conjunction with other strategies, such as directly building more affordable units, rent stabilization may serve as a partial tool to addressing the problem that a free market delivery of housing produces.”

Elaine Tarone, St. Paul


Let the mayor and council decide

I was pleased to hear about the proposal to enact a rent stabilization ordinance for the City of St. Paul last summer. Several social justice groups reached out to me and many other supporters to garner our support. The concept was consistent with our shared values to build a equitable multi-racial society and foster a caring and responsive economy for everyone. St. Paul is a working-class city with a substantial level of poverty and a large number of people of color. St. Paul also has an affordable housing crisis, a significant homeless population, and an aging housing stock.

I know a lot about housing in St. Paul, as the retired Director of the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI). Since I retired in 2011, I have seen housing conditions continue to deteriorate while the city’s programs have not been able to keep pace to meet the challenges. Rent stabilization can be an effective tool to control increasing housing costs, especially for lower income residents.

I was ready to join the many dedicated social justice groups to advocate for the passage of rent stabilization until I actually read the proposed ordinance.

If I still worked for the City I would have the responsibility to implement the ordinance and frankly I do not know where I would begin.

Besides establishing the 3% limit on rent increases, the ordinance also contains a provision for landlords to request exceptions based on the concept of a “reasonable return” on investment (ROI). There is no definition of what a “reasonable” return would or should be, nor are there any guidelines on how the ROI is to be calculated. The ordinance also specifies, that “rent increases be made only when the landlord demonstrates that such adjustments are necessary to provide the landlord with a fair return on investment.”

That’s it, the ordinance is based on “reasonable and fair.” No definitions, no guidelines, just leave it to the bureaucrats to decide.

If this ordinance becomes law the only thing I know for sure is that we are going to need a lot more bureaucrats to figure it out.

There over 65,000 rental properties in the city and a large group of these properties and landlords are struggling along with the rest of the community. There will be a ton of requests for exceptions and there will be huge delays in processing.

What we really need in St. Paul, I am reluctant to say, is the approach that Minneapolis has taken to allow the mayor and City Council to decide the best way to enact a rent stabilization ordinance.

Therefore, St. Paul must vote “No” on Nov. 3 to avoid a bureaucratic crisis.

Bob Kessler, St. Paul

Not much seems better

President Biden uses the slogan “Build Back Better.” I sure question that. Not much seems to be better.

The southern border crisis is a real disaster. Prices of almost everything are rising at very noticeable rates. Oil, natural gas and gasoline are at the highest prices in seven years. That isn’t better for us.

Ron Erickson, Maplewood

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17 years in the making, Washington County Heritage Center opens Saturday



17 years in the making, Washington County Heritage Center opens Saturday

With just a few days to go before the grand opening of the Washington County Heritage Center in Stillwater, Brent Peterson this week was overseeing last-minute details and answering myriad questions.

Could he help lift a glass display case in the John Runk exhibit? Were duplicates of the same piece of audio-visual equipment ordered on purpose for the Royal Credit Union Education Center? Will the glass doors for the exhibit on black baseball arrive on time?

“Yes. No. I don’t know,” Peterson, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society, said Tuesday as dozens of workers buzzed around him installing items, hanging artwork and mopping floors. “We’ve been working on this for 17 years. It’s amazing to see it all come together.”

The grand opening of the $5 million center at 1862 S. Greeley St., will be 10 a.m. Saturday.

One of the first exhibits people will see as they enter the center is “John Runk: A Curious Mind.” Runk, the legendary Stillwater photographer, spent a lifetime documenting the history of the city and amassed one of the largest individual historic photography collections in Minnesota.

Before he died in 1964 at age 86, Runk divided his collection and cameras among the Minnesota Historical Society, the Washington County Historical Society and the Stillwater Public Library.

A camera in the John Runk exhibit at the Washington County Heritage Center. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

Many of his cameras, on loan from the Minnesota Historical Society, are on display, including a box camera that dates back to 1895, said Nancy O’Brien Wagner, a partner at BlueStem Heritage Group, which designed the exhibit. “For a camera buff, this is heaven,” she said. “They’re just beautiful. Some of them are in great condition. This one has the rubber bulb still connected — it’s 115-year-old rubber — that’s super unusual. If you know your cameras, this tells the whole history.”

Runk took thousands of photos, documenting everything from prison life to the logging industry on the St. Croix River, Peterson said. Many of Runk’s photos fill the walls, including photos that Runk took of himself.

“He took a lot of selfies, back before selfies were a thing,” Peterson said.

Visitors will be able to see Runk’s notebook; blue glass bottles he used to store chemicals, his hat, and his price list. Also on display: a Kleantone Manufacturing Co., record-cleaning device for Victrolas, which Runk invented and had patented, Peterson said.

Next to the Runk exhibit is a display comparing and contrasting fashions of the 1860s and the 1960s. An 1860s blue silk brocade ball gown, once owned by Stillwater resident Eliza Purinton, is on display in the same exhibit as a dress from the 1960s, and a Civil War uniform is on display next to a Vietnam War uniform once worn by retired U.S. Army Col. Buzz Kriesel.

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Part of the “From the Woods to the World” exhibit. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

The largest exhibit, called “From the Woods to the World,” details the state’s logging history, from woods up north to the St. Croix River where they were sent downstream to the mills in Marine on St. Croix and Stillwater. There, they were cut up into logs and made them into lumber and then “shipped all over the world,” Peterson said.

The idea for a Heritage Center was first floated in 2005 during a strategic planning session with the historical society’s board of directors, staff and key stakeholders of the organization, Peterson said. “Out of that came the need to move forward as an organization and to make the mission of the organization — to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Washington County and the state of Minnesota — a true focus of the society,” Peterson said.

In 2013, the historical society purchased the former UFE building at 1862 S. Greeley St. It later rented the building to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for its St. Croix River bridge construction office.

Peterson said the site was chosen because of its proximity to the Washington County Government Center and because it “was in the center of the county to make access easy for all residents and visitors to Washington County.”


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A sign near the front door welcomes people to the soon-to-be-opened Washington County Heritage Center in Stillwater. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

The grand opening of the Washington County Heritage Center, 1862 S. Greeley St., Stillwater, will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission will be free. Special activities include: live music and axe throwing and log cutting by world-champion lumberjacks Jim and Jamie Fischer.

After the grand opening, the Heritage Center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; cost for admission will be $8 for adults; $3 for kids, 6-17; and free for kids 5 and under. Members of the Washington County Historical Society get free admissions to all the WCHS historic sites.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at 651-439-5956 or email at [email protected]

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Ask Amy: Unreliable parent leaves guilty legacy



Ask Amy: Woman should leave abusive relationship

Dear Amy: I grew up with a mom who I could never trust to reliably “show up.”

She was an alcoholic until I was 7, and I was sent back and forth between my father and her while she went through relationships with several men.

She had a sober period from when I was 7 until I was 13, and then she remarried and had two more children.

Once I went to college, I was no longer invited home, and this continued even after I was married.

She rarely called and was very busy with my half-siblings. There was always an excuse as to why she couldn’t see me.

She would cancel at the last minute to see a friend or make it very difficult to set solid plans. If I didn’t initiate getting together, I would never see her.

Now my kids are teens, and they don’t know her at all.

Throughout their childhoods, she never invited them over. She never invites us for Christmas celebrations with my stepdad and half-siblings.

I feel like it has been my job to try to maintain a relationship with her.

I often feel it as an extra burden — with heavy guilt attached. Am I right to feel this way?

I have always wished for supportive and involved grandparents, but I really don’t know what is normal.

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