#Common Sense

Lake Elmo is Nearly Empty. Are There Any Treasures in the Mud?

State officials began draining Lake Elmo earlier this month and when I stopped by to check it out on Thursday afternoon (10/21) it looks like progress is going well. The lake is being drained because of invasive Asian clams. Yellowstone County Commissioner Denis Pitman said back in January that he believes this is the first time the lake has been drained since it was created in 1904.
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West Central Reporter

Tracy: 'Why would we think it would be a good idea to not involve a parent?'

State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) views the push by Democrats to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act (PNA) as a senseless attack on the rights of parents across the state. “It’s illogical,” Tracy said during an Oct. 19 press conference about legislation that seeks to repeal the law mandating...
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Martinez Tribune

What To Know About Riding a Class 3 E-Bike

Class 3 e-bikes offer pedal assistance up to 28 mph. With this increased speed come more responsibilities. We go over what you’ll need to know. Cyclists know that their best is never enough. Bicycle engineers feel the same way. To further improve upon the electric bicycle, designers created the Schnellpedelec, or speedy pedelec. This electric, pedal-assisted bicycle surpassed the limits of standard e-bikes to achieve maximum speeds of 28 miles per hour. Today, under the three-class system of electric bicycles, we know the S-pedelec better as a Class 3 e-bike. If you’re looking to explore the easy rides and high speeds that this vehicle has to offer, read on. Here’s what to know about riding a Class 3 e-bike on and off the road.

Schuyler Falls town councilman challenges supervisor for top seat

SCHUYLER FALLS — Two candidates vie for the Schuyler Falls town supervisor seat. Incumbent Kevin Randall will be on the ballot. Randall has held the seat since 2019, the same year challenger Reginald "Reg" Facteau began his term as a Schuyler Falls town councilman. The Press-Republican asked both candidates: What...

Eagles News: Philadelphia has a “common sense issue”

Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ... There’s a theoretical ideal NFL run-pass ratio range which depends on a team’s personnel and the game situations they face. It may well hover below 30.0% for a team with Brady or Mahomes at quarterback, established playmakers across the skill positions, and Bruce Arians or Andy Reid supervising the game plans. The Eagles have novice coaches, a quarterback with 10 career starts, and speedy but inexperienced wide receivers. Even after the Zach Ertz trade, the strength of their offense is Sanders, the offensive line, and tight end. They need to be “balanced”—we’re talking about running the ball at least one-third of the time in neutral situations here, not caveman stuff—if they hope to remain competitive and give Hurts a fair chance to develop. There’s a valid argument to be made that the Eagles’ underlying problem isn’t a low run-pass ratio, but the fact that Nick Sirianni and his coaches may have no idea what they are doing. That leads us directly into our next segment. [...] And then there are the Eagles, who have attempted the fewest passes over the middle of any team in the NFL. You know, the team that had Ertz until last Friday and still has Dallas Goedert at tight end? The team that only runs 23.8% of the time? The team with Miles Sand … forget it. And take a look at that ANY/A, which is higher than any team on the over-the-middle passing leaderboard. (The Seahawks lead the NFL in ANY/A for this category, though not for long). So the Eagles appear to excel at rushing and at throwing over the middle. They also appear built to do both those things well, even with Ertz gone. Yet they do both of those things far less than any other team in the NFL. That’s a quality control issue. It’s a coaching experience issue. It’s a freakin’ common sense issue. Sirianni better figure out the obvious in a hurry, because his career, Hurts’ career, and the future of the franchise depends on it.
Sioux City Journal

Q&A with Sioux City school board candidate Bob Michaelson

SIOUX CITY -- Bob Michaelson, a retired teacher, is seeking his first term on the Sioux City Community School District Board of Directors. Michaelson, 61, taught for 35 years, 30 of those at West Middle School. He has a masters in school administration from Wayne State University and is originally from Kingsley, Iowa. He has three children who are out of school.

Alec Baldwin fatal mishap shows negligence

Facts are now coming out about the hot gun on set that was handed to actor Alec Baldwin. In a tragic moment, the life of 42-year-old Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins was taken away and she now leaves behind a husband and young child. The bullet went right through her body and ended up injuring a second person, director Joel Souza.

Colorado's employment rate lacks what's needed for a full recovery by 2023

For the second straight month, job growth indicates pace of recovery in Colorado slowing, according to numbers and analysis released Friday by the Common Sense Institute, a Denver-based business think tank. "While September job levels are 48% lower than what is needed to see a full recovery by January 2023,...
Traverse City Record-Eagle

TCAPS board preps for another big decision

TRAVERSE CITY — Whether or not to extend the district’s universal mask mandate will be considered in an upcoming Traverse City Area Public Schools board of education meeting. On Oct. 25, board members will vote again on the mask mandate. The board first voted to implement a universal mask mandate...
The Daily News Online

Feathered Friends: Your birding questions answered

Fall is moving along quickly with November around the corner. As we all know, November sometimes turns into winter and sometimes doesn’t. I’m hoping for not!. And I’m quite sure the overwhelming majority of us humans – and the wildlife – are of the same opinion. Yes, we need winter, but preferably when it officially begins in later December. We have plenty of things still to do outside in preparation for winter including putting things away, raking leaves, garden prep, and we can’t forget about getting our feeding stations ready!
Alliance Review

Chris Schillig: Ignoring the tornado warning

I spent Thursday night’s tornado warning teaching a class at an area community college. The room had windows and was on the second floor. The only thing worse would have been to teach on the roof. Nothing about my decision was safe or smart. It wasn’t like I didn’t know...

Dodge County Board Posthumously Honors Supervisor Jeff Schmitt

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board honored the memory of a supervisor that recently passed away. Jeff Schmidt died on September 29th. During the county board’s regular monthly meeting this week, a resolution was read and passed that recognized Schmitt’s commitment to the county and his community. The resolution state’s that during Schmitt’s combined 13 years serving on the county board he dedicated himself to his constituents and approached his duties with common sense, in a concerned, conscientious, and effective manner. It also stated that Schmitt selflessly shared his talents, knowledge, and experience resulting in many positive contributions benefiting the county. The board extended their heartfelt sympathies Schmitt’s friends and families.

Buccaneers: Bruce Arians has no intention of trading this player

As the NFL trade deadline approaches quickly, the Buccaneers have become the center of a plethora of rumors. This is mostly due to the team’s rather dire needs in their defensive secondary. This was an aspect of the Bucs defense that was already weak at the start of the season, but a multitude of injuries in their secondary have only exacerbated their weaknesses.