Opinion

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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By Susan Van Cleaf SUN PRESS Newspapers   It takes awhile for some things to really sink in. Things like becoming a grandmother for the first time! This is a priceless experience. My grandson got his first glimpse of the light of day on Jan. 13. Of course, he had been with us for some time [...]

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By Keith Anderson ECM Publishers, Inc.   You may not know or care much about public notices, but you should. They are the legally required notices in newspapers and websites that identify government budget proposals, financial statements, minutes of meetings of the governing body, new ordinances and public hearing notices, some of which may result [...]

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To the Editor: This letter is to alert readers to the dangers of HF 826—a deceptive bill called the “Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.”  This bill is neither safe nor supportive. It passed the MN House last session and is being taken up again this session in 2014. Under the guise of bullying prevention, [...]

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by PEDER MEWIS LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT TO STATE SEN. DAVID OSMEK The week of Feb. 20, in a Joint House and Senate Transportation Finance Committee, legislators heard testimony on a new transportation finance package brought forth by the Move MN Coalition that includes an increase in the seven-county metro sales tax and a new 5 percent [...]

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