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A new year


The holiday season is traditionally time when many of us take stock of where we are personally and also reflect on the state of our community and nation.

It seems like the perfect opportunity to indulge in bit of wishing and hoping for 2013.

• Let’s hope the slow economic recovery continues in the Brainerd lakes area and that hard-headed partisan differences in Washington, D.C. don’t mess up an already fragile economy.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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