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By Peggy Bakken Sun Newspapers   It’s time to say goodbye to that very large, concrete and white puffy structure that dominates the east side of downtown Minneapolis. The Dome (The Humpty-Dumpty Dome, The Teflon Tub, The Monstrosity, The Baggy and many nicknames not suitable for print) got its share of well earned criticism over [...]

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2013’s memorable messages about education  By Joe Nathan  guest columnist   Looking back over 2013, I think Minnesota parents, policymakers, taxpayers and educators sent each other three major, memorable messages about public schools. Column readers sent me more than 1,000 comments in 2013. Your messages helped me reach these conclusions: • We’re willing to put [...]

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by Joe Nathan – Guest Columnist How can public school options help youngsters? Pam Jutila, a mother in Ramsey, has been writing to me since April. She described how her three youngsters have gained from options. Her first note commented on a column about a student who had trouble in a large high school and [...]

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By Megan Hopps Sun Press Newspapers   April 20, 1994 was a day that changed my life forever. I was 4 years old. I remember standing on my tippy-toes looking through a window in my grandparents entryway and watching my parents drive away. I didn’t know how they were going to do it, but I [...]

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The statistics are astounding: 37 people have been killed in Minnesota this year in a domestic violence situation. Most of the victims are women, but not all. The individuals represent several races, many ages and all corners of the state. The stories are grim: A 20-year-old college student from Burnsville killed, a young woman from [...]

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Kennedy, Lincoln and the possible lessons of their lives By Joe Nathan  guest columnist   Their important accomplishments, a historical coincidence and current public fascination with major anniversaries recently produced attention to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy. Within one week, we recognized the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and the 50th anniversary of [...]

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by joe nathan  guest columnist   “We have halls of fame for athletes and entertainers and should afford the same degree of recognition to our star educators and through that channel of the education profession … this is an excellent idea.” That’s how Arthur Dorman, a Minnesota educator, responded to a recent column praising Oklahoma’s [...]

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by joe nathan  guest columnist   Khalique Rogers and Brittney Poole help illustrate a very encouraging trend in Minnesota. They are among the growing number of students who are earning college credits while still in high school. Equally important, the participation gap is getting smaller in most dual-credit programs between students of various races and [...]

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