Opinion

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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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   Minnesota’s Department of Education recently made a major announcement about high school graduation rates increasing that left out something important. MDE materials distributed to the press did not mention that there was a major change in the high school graduation requirements between 2012 and 2013. Students hoping to graduate [...]

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By Kaia Johnson Kemper  Guest Columnist   Many of us have medicines that have expired or that we stop taking before we use them all up. Getting unused and unwanted medicines out of your house is important to prevent poisoning or abuse, and properly disposing of medicines is vital for protecting the environment. Flushing medicines [...]

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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   Two of the nation’s most intriguing and one of the nation’s most controversial school reform advocates spoke in Minnesota Feb. 6. The conference, convened by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, opened with sobering statistics. While Minnesota schools rank well in many areas, we are 48th in high school graduation [...]

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Our viewpoint: Use state bonding dollars wisely If you had a billion dollars to spend on any public project within Minnesota, what would you choose? Would you spend $5 million to build a new security fence around the Shakopee prison, $500,000 for “pre-design” design, to improve and renovate historic Fort Snelling or $10 million to [...]

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