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VA needs to maintain healthcare facilities Our 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan recently joined a bipartisan group of Democrats and Republicans in Congress – with the support of numerous veterans organizations – to vote against the House bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA...Read More
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Having come off of the adoption of universal kindergarten, Gov. Mark Dayton has moved quickly and aggressively for a universal 4-year-old school program. There is much to like regarding universal preschool education as a means of reaching students at a critical time and the proposal speaks well to D...Read More
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Here are four requests as Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislators consider how to proceed after the governor vetoed the K-12 bill. First, to aid planning, a special session should be called soon and final decisions need to be made quickly. Second, please recognize and retain a number of good things i...Read More
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Times are changing for parents caught between raising their own families and dealing with their aging parents. At the same time, their own youngsters, unable to find a well-paying job and burdened with college debt, are living at their home. A new kind of space is needed. The Richfield City Council ...Read More
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Today was your last official walk through the lunch-line. The excitement stirred with bittersweet realizations of both endings and beginnings was both visible and heard in the undercurrent of your last social dining experience in the cafeteria. There were a few Lifetime A+’s handed out to smiling ...Read More
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The issue of bullying should be simple: Don’t do it — and if you see it, report it. A 180-pound eighth grade boy shouldn’t beat up a 99-pound sixth grader and steal his lunch money. It’s wrong. Don’t do it. However, that seemingly universal premise of right and wrong has morphed into an em...Read More
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There’s garbage collection politics in several suburbs and probably more to come. Thanks to a law revised in 2013, cities can change how haulers of garbage, yard waste and recyclables are regulated. Now, in many communities, there are up to seven garbage haulers in an open system who contract indi...Read More
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