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Coleman or Daudt for gov? And I’d like to see two candidates emerge this year as prospective nominees of their party in the race for governor of Minnesota — men, or women, dedicated to principles, policies, progress and patience. No wing nuts need apply. My personal choices are DFL St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt. Both are used to playing in the public sandbox and neither is a bully nor a patsy. Also, I hope it doesn’t take until 2018 to fill another daunting job in Minnesota — archbishop of the Diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The area’s 825,000 Catholics deserve a new leader who’s confident, courageous and, above all, candid. The last two men who held the office often appeared out of touch.

Hope for the future And before we’re out of time in 2016, I hope all of us can have an adventure that expands our boundaries, tests our mettle and enriches our lives. My hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon last year scared the daylights out of me. The trek back up the next day revealed the countless possibilities that still await me.

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