Opinion

State shows which districts, charters will receive more dollars per pupil for 2014-15 school year By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   Even if they have a slight decline in the number of students served, most Minnesota districts and charter schools will be receiving more money per pupil in the coming school year. That’s one of [...]

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By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS   It is time for Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and the Minneapolis City Council to climb on board the decision to approve the Southwest light rail transit plan in the interests of future transit riders and continued good relationships between the central cities and suburban governments. For years, this relationship [...]

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By Steve Carney Contributing Columnist   When I think about the tackle I carry around in the boat, it is funny how many items you carry year after year and never use them. Recently I decided to experiment with just such an item and found the thing I have been carrying around all these years [...]

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By Larry Norland Director of Golf, Green Haven Golf Course   We just had the 2014 Men’s Club Putting Qualifier at Green Haven this past Thursday and it was a great reminder of how personal putting can be. For every player that has perfect mechanics and struggles there are many players that don’t have any [...]

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  To the Editor:   As we celebrate our nation’s birth this July 4th, it is also worth celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Wilderness Act has protected many special places in America. Federally-designated Wilderness Areas provide world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, and a healthy habitat for wildlife. That’s why Congress should [...]

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By Alisa Reckinger Guest Columnist   Before you throw something away, ask yourself if there’s an opportunity to reuse or recycle. Picking the green choice will help lower the amount of material going into landfills — 3 million tons will be thrown in Minnesota this year. Reduce: Less to begin with is part of the [...]

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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   “Breaking Bad” TV show actor Steven Quezada had several strong messages for about 4,000 educators recently gathered to discuss charter public schools. At a conference sponsored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (publiccharters.org), Quezada began, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for recognizing that children learn in [...]

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Nine years ago, I answered an ad for a reporter. It seems like yesterday, but all the telltale time markers suggest that this is not the case. A lot can change in this many years. And, just as interestingly, a lot can remain the same. I’ve been lucky enough to witness change and growth in [...]

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