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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   “Breaking Bad” TV show actor Steven Quezada had several strong messages for about 4,000 educators recently gathered to discuss charter public schools. At a conference sponsored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (publiccharters.org), Quezada began, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for recognizing that children learn in [...]

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By Matthew Davis Sun Post Newspapers   With the spring sports season finished, it seems the perfect time to have a change of pace. Reading a couple letters to the editor in another newspaper inspired me to write this. A gentleman suggested that the NFL’s Washington Redskins should change it’s name to the Washington Pigskins. [...]

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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   One of my favorite family memories is sandbagging by the St. Croix River with two of our children. It comes to mind as we enter summer and the 4th of July holiday – a holiday celebrating the sacrifice and selflessness of others. One of the most important things a [...]

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By Grace Pastoor SUN Newspapers   My name is Grace Pastoor, and I have been given the wonderful opportunity to work as an intern for your newspaper this summer. I just finished up my second year as a journalism student at the University of St. Thomas, but I actually got my start in reporting when [...]

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By Megan Hopps SUN PRESS Newspapers   Entitlement: the condition or state of mind that you have the right to something. “You deserve it.” We’ve all heard this phrase at some point throughout the course of our lives. And this can be used as justification for many behaviors. The smoker who’s trying quit worked a [...]

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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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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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