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While ensuring elections are as accurate and legitimate as possible is something we can all agree on, proposals such as the Voter ID amendment do not enjoy such widespread support. The proposed amendment is way too vague and lacks many important details. The question that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot states: “Shall the [...]

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In observance of National Teachers Appreciation Week, May 7-11, I thought it appropriate to pay tribute to some of the amazing educators Milaca has offered during the past few decades. These teachers, some of whom have retired, while others  still work wonders in the classroom, have inspired excellence, encouraged learning and when needed (in my [...]

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By LESLEY TOTH At Random As if the lack of snow, the golfing in March, and the kids walking home from school in front of the Times office wearing shorts and T-shirts weren’t enough indicators that this year’s weather has been unusually wacky (even for Minnesota), another sign was made clear this past Easter Sunday. [...]

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By LESLEY TOTH At Random The time had finally come. We had been waiting for months for its release. My mother-in-law, my stepson and myself had read the books and we’d seen the movie trailers. Everything we had imagined was about to take place on the big screen, and from all reports, it was going [...]

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By LESLEY TOTH At Random What do voter identification, gay marriage, “Right to Work,” contraception and illegal video streaming have in common? At the state and national levels, these issues are making front page headlines and top of the evening broadcasts from Minnesota to Florida and beyond. Another commonality is they are devices in politicians’ [...]

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By LESLEY TOTH At Random While working for a mid-sized middle school in south-central Minnesota, I often griped about the union dues I had to pay as part of my terms of employment as a paraprofessional. As a media assistant, I supervised more students in one class period than many of my para-peers did in [...]

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By LESLEY TOTH At Random On Monday morning, Feb. 13, President Obama sent to Congress his federal budget for fiscal year 2013, a sort of wish list of White House spending priorities. The proposal calls for raising taxes on the wealthy, spending cuts in certain areas of government and increasing the budgets of infrastructure projects [...]

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