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By Peggy Bakken Sun Newspapers   Today is March 27. May I dare suggest that Wicked Winter 2013-14 is now in our rear-view mirror? We survived all those days where the temperatures stayed below zero. We made it through miserable commutes and shoveled tons of snow off our driveways. Our kids celebrated many snow days. [...]

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By Joe Nathan  guest columnist   Taking college-level courses at his high school was “fantastic,” according to Khalique Rogers, a student at Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul. “Our research shows that in just one year, these courses produced more than $13 million in potential savings for students and families,” according to Mary Olson, [...]

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To the Editor: This letter is to alert readers to the dangers of HF 826—a deceptive bill called the “Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.”  This bill is neither safe nor supportive. It passed the MN House last session and is being taken up again this session in 2014. Under the guise of bullying prevention, [...]

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Taking technical classes increases graduation rate By Joe Nathan  Guest Columnist   Here’s good news for Minnesota students, families and taxpayers about closing achievement gaps and improving high school graduation rates. State data shows dramatically better high school graduation rates for students who take at least 240 hours of career technical courses – that’s between [...]

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By U.S. Senator  Amy Klobuchar   From opening our first E15 station, to blending higher amounts of biodiesel, to developing processes to make renewable fuel out of new feed stocks, Minnesota is leading the way and driving the next generation of renewable fuels. We are utilizing our resources and developing new energy technologies that are [...]

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By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS   A major change on how high school football games could be scheduled in the future will be voted on Jan. 23 by the Minnesota High School League Board of Directors. If this passes, practically every high school football team could be affected, particularly on what teams they play. This [...]

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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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