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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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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   What should wise families, like careful coaches, help youngsters do to prepare for the upcoming school year? Some 41 district, charter and teacher union leaders recently responded to that question with specific, practical advice. Their suggestions tended to fall into three major areas: – Re-establishing school year routines at [...]

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By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   Youngsters like Kerrie Maleski, Kayley Schoonmaker, Matt Rubel and Will Tully are part of a major trend in Minnesota. They are among the growing number of students in Minnesota’s two-year community colleges. They’ve also been elected as leaders of the Minnesota State College Student Association. National research says cost [...]

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To the Editor, The gay activist community has called for tolerance of those who practice homosexual behavior. Virtually everyone agrees that we should be tolerant and kind toward everyone. The Anoka-Hennepin Anti-Bullying Task Force, however, has taken this to a new level in the recommendations that they presented to the Anoka-Hennepin School Board. Recommendation #3 [...]

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Metro development plans adjust for next generation By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS The millennials, ages 18-34, are forcing changes in the metropolitan area housing patterns, particularly in the first-ring suburbs and urban centers. Steve Elkins is the District 5 Metropolitan Council member, representing Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and Hopkins, who spoke to progressives recently in Bloomington. [...]

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