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 By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS More people are raising vegetables and growing flowers than ever, but the number of once-popular traditional garden clubs is fading, says Rene Lynch, president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota. She hopes a new variety of club using social media will continue to grow interest in what garden clubs [...]

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BY SUSAN VAN CLEAF SUN PRESS Newspapers I have lakes, wetlands and woods in my blood. So I am in mourning for Blue Lake, Wisconsin, where my family has spent summer weekends for 46 years. Early last year we had to sell the family lake home because my mother and father-in-law have died. After moping [...]

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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist Big changes are coming for Minnesota’s high school students, and meetings are scheduled throughout the state to discuss them. That’s good because the changes are controversial. Minnesota has passed some education reform laws, like Postsecondary Enrollment Options, that have worked out well. We’ve adopted others, like the Profile of Learning [...]

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By Joseph Palmersheim Sun CURRENT Newspapers Every year around this time, I find my thoughts drifting toward memories of a man I knew who was taken from us on 9/11 in New York. It is hard to believe it’s been 13 years since that day, and harder still to remember a time when we didn’t [...]

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By Don Heinzman ECM PUBLISHERS Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says Minneapolis is much better prepared to deal with a confrontation like the one between the police and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Freeman says the Minneapolis police force has a better relationship with blacks, with better credibility and the belief they will be treated [...]

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By CHRISTIAAN TARBOX Sun POST Newspapers   I’ll admit that while I never was particularly excited about starting school when I was younger, the lead-up to it was pretty awesome. Don’t you remember how ecstatic you were when your parents drove you to the store to buy new clothes and school supplies, and you made [...]

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As the smell of freshly sharpened pencils settles into the air, children across the state are settling into their daily school routines. This school year there are new initiatives taking place in Minnesota schools. During the 2013-2014 biennium the state legislature made significant investments in E-12 public education. One of the biggest changes this year [...]

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By Megan Hopps SUN PRESS Newspapers   School days are once again quickly approaching. Youth are trading in their swimsuits for new jeans and backpacks full of notebooks, folders, pencils and markers. And though Anoka-Hennepin will once again open its doors to a fresh group of eager learners, they have also recently revised their school [...]

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