Opinion

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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Important info finally flowing to families Important decisions were made in the last week. Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius and a number of local superintendents have decided it’s time for thousands of Minnesota families and students to have better information about some key education opportunities. Last week the Minnesota Department of Education posted a [...]

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MNsure is taking a beating. Republicans are licking their chops over making the roll out of MNsure a way to vote out Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. James Noble, the state’s legislative auditor, can’t wait to dig into the numbers to see if funds are being used correctly. It’s time to remember that MNsure is only [...]

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