It’s in your court: December 3, 2014

Don’t Be a Grinch!
Here come the holidays, so it’s probably timely to again make some comments on child holiday visitation or “parenting time.” Many children of divorced parents will be happily splitting the holidays between their loving and cooperating parents.  Other children become the focus of the annual ritual, that is, the “fight” over which parent is entitled to have the child with them for Christmas. One would think rational parents could resolve these issues, but unfortunately, during the two weeks before Christmas our court will likely see several such disputes make it on the court calendar.  Some parents go so far as to retain a lawyer and bring an “emergency motion” to resolve the issue, basically asking the judge to “play Solomon.”

Card of Thanks: November 26, 2014


Thank you to all who helped make the Veteran’s Day luncheon a huge success. Thank you to Harney of The V by HH for the wonderful meal, the local businesses for their donations of door prizes, and a special thank you to Ginger O’Loughlin for organizing the Veteran’s Day program at the school. 
Maple Lake VFW Post 7664 and Auxiliaries

Brenda's Banter: November 26, 2014

Hi. My name is Brenda and I am a stay-at-home mom with three under seven-year-olds in the house.
Save me!
No, no, it’s not as bad as all that.
I have most of my sanity, and as for my sense of humor? Well, you’ll have to tell me.
The truth is, my kids are wonderful. They are, not to sound boastful, the absolute best huggers in the world. I mean they’ve mastered it. My oldest son, for instance, gives what he calls the “boa constrictor.” It involves all four of his appendages wrapped around me in a bone crushing hug that often topples us to the floor.

It's Been an honor to serve 6th District

At 12 years old, sitting in the back of my mother's car as we drove north on Interstate 35 to our new home in Anoka, I could have never imagined what the future held.
 Forty-six years later, I leave Congress and the incredible privilege of serving the wonderful people of the 6th District — the same place where I went to high school, started a small business and raised our family of five biological children and 23 foster children.
 My first priority upon taking office was to provide the very best constituent services possible. We protected Social Security, Medicare and veterans benefits. We helped with immigration and adoption cases. We would even call U.S. Embassies at 4 a.m. on a Sunday to help with passport problems. In total, we completed more than 3,000 individual constituent cases.
 While these untold stories didn't dominate the headlines, they have been my favorite aspect of being your congresswoman.

Card of Thanks: November 12, 2014


Thank you to all, in our Maple Lake community, who allow the ever decreasing area farmers, to use our roads to get from farm to field.
Whether we are hauling manure or pulling equipment, we may drop mud or manure at this time of year. Your supprt and patience is appreciated. We do try and clean up after we’re done, if needed. We in no way would want anyone to be in danger. If you want to call us and let us know of your concerns, please do so directly at 320-963-6247, Dale and Linda Gapinski.
We would also like to thank our police officers who serve our community and for following up to such urgent concerns. Your courtesy and understanding during fall harvest is appreciated.
God bless and safe travels.
Dale and Linda Gapinski


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