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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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By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS   Once you read this story, you’ll never shake a little baby violently. Tami Revering, of Coon Rapids, is paying the price for shaking the 4-month-old son of her best friend in an uncontrollable moment three years ago, she told ABC Newspapers staff writer Olivia Koester. What’s more, Revering is [...]

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By Joe Nathan Guest Columnist   Fortunately legislators mostly listened to community leaders and students like Sam Petrov, Cherish Kovach, Kelly Charpentier-Berg and Aaliyah Hodge as they considered Minnesota’s pioneering Postsecondary Enrollment Options law. After months of debate, and on a bipartisan basis, legislators agreed with students and many community and business groups that families [...]

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Three dollars every month added to our property tax? The Champlin Council says they can’t afford street lighting. Well, how many times have you drove by a baseball field with no one around but all the lights are on? A group or club that wants to play at night should have to reserve and pay [...]

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By Joe Nathan  guest columnist   Minnesota Department of Education’s School Finance Award will never compete with “March Madness” for public attention. But MDE has recently given 69 percent of Minnesota’s traditional districts and 80 percent of Minnesota charter public schools an award that measures solid accomplishment and merits public praise. In the northwest metro [...]

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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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