Opinion

By Richard W. Stanek Hennepin County Sheriff   Throughout my career in law enforcement, whenever I had to put a juvenile into a squad car, the same questions crossed my mind — can anything be done to change the path this kid is taking? Or is it already too late? No child is destined at [...]

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By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS   At a time when people are starving and food shelves are begging for food, public school food waste from some area districts is being fed to pigs. School districts are paying farmers to feed waste food to pigs or to compost it. Districts know that if heavier food is [...]

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To the Editor:   I read with great interest the discussion and actions of the Maple Grove City Council regarding LeAnn Sargent. This is not the first time LeAnn Sargent has taken questionable actions. In the past, she has also been accused of not recusing herself from discussions that were potentially a conflict of interest [...]

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To the Editor:   Maple Grove City Councilor, LeAnn Sargent, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a gross misdemeanor for financial exploitation. The sentencing judge did no favors for the citizens of Maple Grove when he opted out of the felony charge. Meanwhile, the narcissistic behavior of Ms. Sargent is perpetual as she ignores the [...]

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We kicked off the 2014 session with news from Minnesota Management and Budget that our state had a budget surplus of $1.2 billion. We immediately used a significant portion of the surplus to pay back the school shift. Next, it was announced that Minnesota has fully recovered the jobs lost during the recession and unemployment [...]

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Three dollars every month added to our property tax? The Champlin Council says they can’t afford street lighting. Well, how many times have you drove by a baseball field with no one around but all the lights are on? A group or club that wants to play at night should have to reserve and pay [...]

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After years of debate and many lessons learned, it appears the path of the proposed 16-mile long Southwest Light Rail Transit has finally been decided. By a 14-2 vote, the Metro Council has approved the final route and the shallow tunnel option in Minneapolis. It is an option that this editorial board strongly supports. It [...]

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The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act has been passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and is now state law. The act establishes structure and detailed definition of bullying behavior. “Bullying” means “intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive.” The act is specific in detail and defines the context [...]

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