Opinion

Here’s some good news, looking ahead to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature’s discussions about improving public schools. Two leading Minnesota Senate Democrats described several of their priorities as similar to those described last week by leading House Republicans. While this doesn’t ensure agreement, it’s encouraging that these leaders share some similar priorities. They include a review […]

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Newspapers have unique access to candidates for an insider’s perspective  Some question why newspaper editorial boards bother to endorse candidates for office. In other words, why should newspaper editors tell their readers whom they should vote for? After listening to the wave of candidate advertising that distorts and sometimes lies about a candidate, I am […]

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Contacted on Election Day, two key Minnesota House Republicans offered several priorities in education. Democrats are still the majority in the Minnesota Senate, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton was re-elected, but Republicans replaced DFLers as the majority in the Minnesota House. The legislative process ultimately requires compromises between House, Senate and governor, so it’s likely […]

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The 150-piece bag of candy we bought from CostCo about a week prior to Halloween seemed like a good purchase at the time. Buying in bulk appeared to make sense; it was cost-effective, and we wouldn’t have to worry about running out of candy, like we almost did last year when we got 50-plus trick-or-treaters […]

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by Judge Steve Halsey The Department of Corrections, the state agency which is responsible for prison administration and the supervision of felons on probation, and which makes sentencing recommendations to judges, has considered and implemented alternatives to incarceration over many years. Those in prison for a definite term serve 2/3 of the sentence in prison […]

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to the editor On a fairly typical Saturday morning, my kitchen table was full with a Rush City first grader, three second graders and a fourth grader. I was in the next room when I overheard them talking. The first grader asked the others if they wanted to go outside because “my teacher lives next […]

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