Opinion

Listening to and learning from educators like Megan Hall, Steve Allen and Bill Wilson reminded me last week of two important things. First, they have so much to offer, not only to youngsters, but also to other educators and those learning to be educators. Second, their skills, insights, experience and knowledge are dramatically underused. More [...]

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“See you on Monday,” Gary Larson said to me last Friday after one of our usual Friday conversations at the office in Princeton. Gary talked about one of the questions for the next Sportswriters feature being about the contract extension of Gopher football coach Jerry Kill. (I think he was opposed.) And he said there [...]

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The Milaca Friends of the Library would like to thank the Central Mille Lacs United Way for their generous donation of $1268 to our all-volunteer non-profit organization supporting the Milaca Community Library. The donation will be used to provide an eight week summer reading program for children and teens. Over 350 children and 50 teens [...]

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Two of the nation’s most intriguing and one of the nation’s most controversial school reform advocates spoke in Minnesota Feb. 6. The conference, convened by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, opened with sobering statistics. While Minnesota schools rank well in many areas, we are 48th in high school graduation rates for American Indians, 49th for [...]

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If you had a billion dollars to spend on any public project within Minnesota, what would you choose? Would you spend $5 million to build a new security fence around the Shakopee prison, $500,000 for “pre-design” design, to improve and renovate historic Fort Snelling or $10 million to preserve public housing for low-income families? Should [...]

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Does the government have a responsibility to inform the public of its activities? Both our nation and state were founded on the principles of self-government, including that the government exists to serve the people, not the other way around. That would suggest that the government has an obligation to be as transparent as reasonably possible [...]

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By the end of the month the legislature will return to Saint Paul for the 2014 session and I look forward to the opportunity to work for the citizens of Mille Lacs, Kanabec and Sherburne Counties as well as for all citizens of the state. Our local communities have a number of issues that need [...]

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