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Strib's Katherine Kersten says her goodbye

Katherine Kersten's column at the Star Tribune ended today with a final goodbye article. A classic "don't forget what I've offered you" piece with a little bit of God to save us at the end.

But is this the end of Kersten's work with the Star Tribune? She explicitly says, "This is my last metro-state column for the Star Tribune," leaving open a possibility to a continuation on the Web or freelance opinion work. Kersten did take a Star Tribune buyout

Kersten starts her column reminding us of all the great people she met as a Strib columnist: a 23-year-old Korean pianist, a Circle Pines woman who gave her kidney to a coworker's son, and Salvation Army workers whose love for others leads them out on subzero nights. 

Kersten also recapped her main principles she tried to discuss in her columns: happiness and family values.
One question I've explored is the source of human happiness, which often seems just beyond our grasp. Again and again, I've seen that those who find happiness do so by rejecting self-absorption and helping others to carry their burdens.
As contemporary Americans, we often look to others -- including government -- to make us happy, and blame our unhappiness on the unjust actions of others. 
A second truth: The family is the foundation of all other human institutions and endeavors. It has rightly been called "the seedbed of virtue." No government program, no matter how extravagantly funded, can replace it. No school, however good its curriculum or faculty, can teach the life lessons that a loving father and mother can convey.
Life might be tough, but God has your back, she says.
Yet we still have reason to hope that a good God will lift our broken hearts and offer us peace that "passes all understanding."
A heartfelt goodbye, but Kersten forgot to mention her many mean-spirited and fear-mongering posts that shaped her time at the Star Tribune. The Star Tribune said they were cutting Kersten and Nick Coleman due to their strong political views, not their wamr and fuzzy profiles of Minnesotans and family life.

No word back from Kersten about her plans now or any potential future with the Strib.