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  • A New Serenity Prayer for our city

    Published on March 10, 2021 at 8:54am EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor,  From what we hear and read about the city council we think the following prayer would be useful: The New Serenity Prayer God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change,  which is pretty much everyone,  since I’m clearly not you, God. At least not the last time I checked. And while you’re at it, God, please give… Read More

  • A closer look at the Highway 108 project

    Published on March 10, 2021 at 8:54am EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Editor’s Note: The Citizen’s Advocate reached out to representatives from MnDOT with a series of questions that have been raised by local residents concerning the upcoming Highway 108 project.  Lori Vanderhider, of MnDOT, answered the following questions that we are including in a question and answer format.  MnDOT has proposed a complete streets reconstruction in the City… Read More

  • Hot air balloons can be a fun way to travel

    Published on March 3, 2021 at 1:16pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    For my parents anniversary one year, we sent them on a hot air balloon ride over the skies above Kalispell, Montana.  This was such an awesome experience for them to see the beauty below at a slow and steady pace high above the ground.  They were in the air for a little more than an… Read More

  • Thankfully there weren’t ‘tweets’ in the 1950s

    Published on March 3, 2021 at 1:16pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    I suppose that if, back in the fifties when all heck was breaking loose, which we’ll get to in a minute, if we had had something like the internet or tweeting like we have now, we’d have been more worked up over stuff going on. Maybe. Hard to say. But there was a lot going on…. Read More

  • Henning needs to find a way to pay back its current, future debt

    Published on March 3, 2021 at 1:16pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor, As of this writing, the City of Henning is bonded for $12,235,532 (twelve million two hundred thirty five thousand five hundred thirty two dollars), including interest. Yes, over 12 million in debt. FACT: The city will be adding an additional 3 to 4 million dollars of debt for road/infrastructure projects. FACT: This money has to… Read More

  • Ft. ‘Bliss’ wasn’t always so appealing

    Published on February 24, 2021 at 11:33am EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    We up here in the north are watching with no small amount of glee the helplessness of southern states as they get a couple inches of snow, a bit of freezing rain, and “below freezing” temperatures. I particularly like that expression: “Below freezing.” “Below freezing,” which, compared to “below zero,” really sounds pretty attractive to… Read More

  • Henning School Library focuses on the weather

    Published on February 24, 2021 at 11:31am EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    With the last week of February here, we are featuring books about weather.  Recently the third graders studied weather and took down 50 of our weather books to their classrooms so that the students could have them on a continual basis.   Our first featured book is “Rain and Hail” written by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrated… Read More

  • Enough is enough

    Published on February 24, 2021 at 11:31am EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor, I read the article in the Citizen’s Advocate two weeks ago, regarding the Henning City Council and needing a person to come from the League of Minnesota Cities, and needing to work with them regarding problems.  We had an election elected mayor and two new council members. What is the problem?  The mayor is in… Read More

  • Breaking out a good old fashioned paper book

    Published on February 18, 2021 at 5:26am EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    I must first confess that, before I could start this book review, I had to get  some detergent, a scrubby, and some really serious elbow grease to clean the area of the kitchen table where I’m writing this. That became clear to me when the book I just finished was stuck to the table. But it’s… Read More

  • Letters to the Editor 2/16/21

    Published on February 18, 2021 at 5:26am EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Tale of two friends To the Editor, A week ago I read a letter entitled “Democracy has already gone.” She hit some nails on the head and gave us a break from all the Trump bashing. The election of 2016 changed the inner core of the democratic followers. Disappointment, anger and disillusionment evolved into pure hate directed… Read More

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