Opinion

Over the past few weeks I have been covering the Maple Grove Police and other investigators searching to bring 1989 missing person Amy Pagnac back home. Going out to the scene of the investigation at her home in Maple Grove and seeing investigators work got me thinking about my childhood back in 1989. The year [...]

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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   Here’s a suggestion for the summer. If you care about learning, teaching, schools or parenting, get a copy of “Teaching with Heart,” edited by educator Sam M. Intrator and writer Megan Scribner. The book has 90 brief, one-page essays by educators, explaining and describing a poem that has inspired [...]

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By Peggy Bakken Sun Newspapers   Neatly sandwiched between Memorial Day – the day we honor those who gave their lives for our country – and the 4th of July, a jubilant celebration of our nation’s birth – is a nondescript day called Flag Day. Flag Day does not get a lot of attention. When [...]

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A few days ago we told you about a bill regarding public access to critical data that was waiting for the governor’s signature. Senate File 1770 had already received unanimous support in the House and the Senate. Known as the Timberjay bill, it would require that all government contracts with private business be subject to [...]

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By Joseph Palmersheim Sun CURRENT Newspapers   The chip on my shoulder grew with the passing hours, magnified with each can of Mountain Dew. “I already graduated,” I thought to myself, “so why do I have to be here? I’ve spent the past four years with these (people). Isn’t that enough?” On behalf of who [...]

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By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS   Dare we say Hero, a golden Labrador retriever, is the “paws” that refreshes, cuddles and calms students at Eastview Elementary School in the Lakeville school district? For part of each school day, Hero, a trained service dog, walks on a leash with one of four trained handlers and does [...]

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Corruption of the English language has been happening for decades, and I still think it is annoying. As a newspaper reporter, I have become extremely sensitive to misuse of my native language and phrases that are becoming cliches. Writing about my pet peeves probably won’t change people’s wordisms. However, it is emotionally satisfying to spout [...]

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BY STATE SEN. DAVID OSMEK DISTRICT 33   Earlier this month, the Senate passed the Bullying Bill with bipartisan opposition after debating approximately 16 amendments over a five-hour period. Ultimately, I voted against this bill for three very important reasons. Parental Notification: There is no requirement to notify either the parents of a child who [...]

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