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Minnesota’s public libraries: Priceless, in dollars and sense by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020 People in southeastern Minnesota were reminded of the value of their public libraries when torrential August rains caused massive flooding, destroying homes and businesses. Although some were damaged, local libraries remained the places to get the information and government forms desperately needed once the water receded and recovery efforts began. 50 is a half-century Mary Hirsch, Minnesota Women’s Press Let’s face it, if 50 is the new 30, and 40 is the new 20, then your rusty 1987 Honda is a new Lexus. Lauderdale council member follows Murphy’s Law by Michelle Christianson, Park Bugle For most of us, midlife course corrections involve a great deal of agonizing. We want to be sure we’re making the right choice, the one that does the most good for the most people. Ending her involvement with the Lauderdale City Council was one such decision for Karen Gill-Gerbig, and she’s positive that she made the best decision. NEW IN VOICES More in sadness than in anger: Brodkorb, YouTube and gaffes by Eric Black, Eric Black Ink NEW IN BLOGS School board election reform is a critical piece of reinvigorating Minneapolis Public Schools by Representative Jim Davnie, Special to the TC Daily Planet