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By Peggy Bakken Sun Newspapers Shoppers seem buoyant this holiday season. Spending for Christmas presents is up. The price of gasoline sits around $2.50. Friday’s jobs reports showed that the economy continues to grow. The unemployment rate here in the Twin Cities is 3.9 percent, the best of any m...Read More
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Boys lagging when it comes to motivation in classroom By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS A Stillwater school superintendent is asking a big question: Why do high school girls do better in the classroom than high school boys? Tom Nelson, who has been a superintendent for 20 years, recently wrote a guest ...Read More
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By Alisa Reckinger Guest Columnist We always talk about waste management’s three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. For small appliances, such as blenders, coffee makers, toasters, and curling irons, let’s add a fourth R: repair. Repair Tips Small appliances that are not working often need minor rep...Read More
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By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS It appears Minnesota Republicans are gearing up for a battle to give the state’s 80 outstate counties more legislative benefits. Republicans pulled a big surprise, capturing 11 seats and taking over leadership in the House of Representatives. Ten of the 11 were won i...Read More
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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist Here’s some good news, looking ahead to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature’s discussions about improving public schools. Two leading Minnesota Senate Democrats described several of their priorities as similar to those described last week by leading House Republicans. ...Read More
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By Megan Hopps SUN PRESS Newspapers I am a white woman. I was raised by two white parents in a three bedroom, two bath home in a northern suburb of the Twin Cities. My father works for General Mills and my mom is a special education teacher. My parents worked extremely hard to give my [...]...Read More
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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist One of my saddest and happiest days in school was the first day I wore my glasses, in the third grade. I already disliked my ears, which stuck out, and now I was the only kid with glasses. I felt super ugly and hated the idea of going to school. [...]...Read More
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By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS Maybe, in this all-too-serious world, we need to laugh more. Imagine a meeting where you can laugh at Laurel and Hardy films, along with shorts on “Popeye the Sailorman” and “The Little Rascals.” That was the agenda for the Bloomington Brats October meeting, a ...Read More
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