Opinion

By Peggy Bakken Sun Newspapers   Today is March 27. May I dare suggest that Wicked Winter 2013-14 is now in our rear-view mirror? We survived all those days where the temperatures stayed below zero. We made it through miserable commutes and shoveled tons of snow off our driveways. Our kids celebrated many snow days. [...]

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Good health is the most basic human need and essential to success and prosperity. The idea that health care should be available to everyone at an affordable price seems easy to support. But achieving that has become a divisive issue in this country, with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act. Before it went into [...]

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As the former Mayor of Champlin, I’ve had quite a bit of experience dealing with the Metropolitan Council. The Met Council was originally intended to oversee infrastructure development and transit within the metro area. Since its inception, it has grown significantly larger in size, scope, power and budget. The members of the Met Council are [...]

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A closer look at state surplus by Rep. Joe McDonald Minnesota house Dist. 29A Congratulations to elementary schools in Annandale, Delano and Winsted for recently receiving national recognition, highlighting their significant improvements made in student achievement. This is quite remarkable. Only seven schools in Minnesota are 2013 National Blue Ribbon winners, yet the host district [...]

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by Peder Mewis Legislative Assistant Office of Sen. David Osmek Seven area state legislators are supporting the effort to add an additional general purpose lane along Interstate 494 between Highway 5 and the Fish Lake interchange. They are Sen. David Osmek, Sen. Warren Limmer, Sen. Ann Rest, Sen. Terri Bonoff, Sen. David Hann, Rep. Jerry [...]

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To the Editor:   We often hear that there is very little faith in government or politicians. Recently, our local Republican caucus and endorsing convention brought people from two sides together; those in favor of Rep. Fitzsimmons, and those who felt betrayed by his vote on same-sex marriage. We saw no lynch mobs or people [...]

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by Jim Boyle Elk River Star News   I love the purity of precinct caucuses. People with little or no experience in political activism can come and have a voice. More seasoned political activists come alongside them to help them learn the process. There are straw polls, and everyone gets a vote. There are resolutions, [...]

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By Joe Nathan  guest columnist   Taking college-level courses at his high school was “fantastic,” according to Khalique Rogers, a student at Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul. “Our research shows that in just one year, these courses produced more than $13 million in potential savings for students and families,” according to Mary Olson, [...]

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