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By Mike Austreng, Editor

Television news stations (and other sources) were hyping President Trump’s pick for nomination to the Supreme Court for days and days before the final announcement. Being honest, we didn’t pay much attention and we only caught the last few minutes of Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh’s speech after the announcement was made.

Now the fighting will begin – well, actually it began almost immediately after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was retiring. There’s debate about whether there should be a pause before confirming Kavanaugh to the vacant seat.

You can bet there will be a lot of reports suggesting potential problems with the new nominee and there’s probably already investigations going on to see if any “dirt” can be brought forward before confirmation.

Naturally, the Democrats don’t want this man seated on the Supreme Court bench because he’s a conservative and potential swing vote on issue like Roe vs. Wade (abortion). It isn’t surprising that Democrats want to hold off confirmation until after this fall’s elections just in case they gain enough seats in the Senate to stop it.

Republicans, on the other hand, probably prefer to get this vote done so Kavanaugh can be named the next Justice.

Don’t worry, we’re sure we’ll hear plenty about this in the next few weeks.

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We’ve heard this dozens of times – “where is the summer going?” We agree. Next week is Richmond’s River Lake Days – followed by Cold Spring’s Hometown Pride Days a week later, wrapping up with FireFest. About a month later is St. Boniface Church’s Boni-Fest.

Not long after that festival college students will be going back to school – then our local schools will start a new year. As fast as time seems to slip away all of this will come faster than most of us want it to.

This summer seems shorter than usual because it got a late start with a snow storm in April. Golf courses lost a full month of revenue – which isn’t likely to be made up unless there are rainless weekends and we all know that’s not happening.

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It’s no wonder people get outside as much as they can during our warm season and we vowed this past winter to never complain that it’s too hot during our summer days.

Nobody can say there isn’t anything to do during a Minnesota summer. It seems like every weekend could be filled with something if you don’t mind driving a short distance. Even if you picked only music venues you’d find something going on with concerts filling a lot of weekend days. Add things like church festivals and town festivals and it’s unlikely you’d find many weekends starting in June and going through August that don’t have something going on. Going further, if you get invited to graduation parties and weddings and you’re probably getting forced to choose something you can’t attend, or trying to do more than one thing in a day.

It’s no wonder our summers go so fast and winters seem to drag out, we keep much busier in the summer than we do in the winter and we spend a whole lot more time in the fresh summer air that we do in the freezing winter air.

Make sure you make the most of what’s left of our summer – the days are already getting noticeably shorter.

Have A Good Week!

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