Recent Pioneer Press Columns

Louise Whitbeck Fraser: Appreciating a Pioneer in Special Education

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
Louise Whitbeck Fraser: Appreciating a Pioneer in Special Education

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on April 4, 2014. As Autism Awareness Month gets under way, it is an apt time to honor Louise Whitbeck Fraser, a pioneer in special education whose heart for children led to new initiatives and opportunities for individuals with special needs. In the winter of 1985,
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Heroin abuse: ‘It’s your child. It’s my child’

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
Heroin abuse:  ‘It’s your child. It’s my child’


Ambition: Believing in one’s worth

Mar 7th, 2014 | By
Ambition: Believing in one’s worth

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on March 7, 2014 Every year nearly 600,000 Americans start a new business.  Within five years most will be defunct and few will be profitable. It is one thing to dream about abandoning the paycheck for one’s passion.  It ‘s quite another to have the tools
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Matt Birk’s New Book: The Fifth Quarter

Feb 13th, 2014 | By
Matt Birk’s New Book: The Fifth Quarter

Tweet   As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on February 14, 2014. It was no coincidence Matt Birk suggested we meet for coffee at St. Paul’s La Patisserie to discuss his first book, “All-Pro Wisdom: The Seven Choices that Lead to Greatness.” Though the former Minnesota Vikings center now makes his home in
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‘Lone Survivor’ – Of a brotherhood bound by training, courage, commitment

Feb 7th, 2014 | By
‘Lone Survivor’ – Of a brotherhood bound by training, courage, commitment

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on February 7, 2014. “Lone Survivor,” the book and movie recounting a mission that began with four Navy Seals and ended with one, has heightened public awareness of an elite military unit legendary for secrecy. In June 2005, Marcus Luttrell was one of four Navy SEALs
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A late-night knock on the door and its aftermath

Jan 17th, 2014 | By
A late-night knock on the door and its aftermath

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on January 17, 2014. At 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2012, Officer Frank Mackall, a patrolman with Minnesota’s Savage Police Department, wrote a post on his Facebook page that soon struck home. “163 of my brave brothers and sisters paid the ultimate sacrifice (in) 2011. As
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When polio came home

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
When polio came home

Tweet For most Americans born after 1950, polio is just one of several illnesses against which we are vaccinated. But for those born in the first half of the century, polio represented a terrifying reality that, in recent years, resurfaced in the form of Post-Polio Syndrome. Though she did not contract it herself, her cousin’s
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Kevin Warren’s halftime reflections

Dec 5th, 2013 | By
Kevin Warren’s halftime reflections

Tweet   Kevin Warren has not missed a Minnesota Vikings game since he joined the organization in 2005. As vice president of legal affairs and chief administrative officer, Warren is the highest-ranking African American executive in both the Vikings organization and the entire National Football League. As a comparatively low-profile player in a high-profile organization,
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Beyond chemo: Salmonella vs. cancer

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By
Beyond chemo: Salmonella vs. cancer

Tweet Every year, close to 600,000 people die from cancer in the United States. Those who survive often do so at a cost; hence the adage, “If the cancer doesn’t kill you, the treatment might.” So it is not surprising that a nontoxic treatment that not only kills cancer cells but also prevents recurrences and
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The 8th Air Force and beyond: Sharing meals and memories

Nov 8th, 2013 | By
The 8th Air Force and beyond: Sharing meals and memories

Tweet They were pilots, engineers, bombardiers, navigators, gunners, and radiomen. Regardless of position, those who served in the Air Force in World War II were barely more than boys when they began their service but certainly had become men by the time they concluded it. The lucky ones returned home, many bearing physical scars, but
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