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Gov. Mark Dayton said April 10 that soon he will no longer need crutches and is not feeling any pain from his hip replacement. During a recent interview with the ECM Editorial Board, the governor obviously also wasn’t feeling any political pain. Most of the major bills – the tax bill, increase in the minimum [...]

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Bullying in schools is real and it needs to be addressed. There’s a bill in the Legislature that would define bullying and prescribe how school administrators should respond to a bullying complaint. Critics say the state should get out of solving bullying problems, while proponents say the present 37-word bill doesn’t go far enough in [...]

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Suburban voters hold the key on what party will control the governorship and the Legislature in 2014. The Republican Party has an uphill climb among suburban voters because, by and large, suburban interests, namely the education package, have been positively received. The cornerstone of most communities is the private and public school systems. Educating their [...]

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During the past year, I wrote columns that now need to be updated. Remember the plea to buy 285 “Rescued Heroes” calendars of the 1,000 calendars Lynn and photographer Paul Sansale donated to raise $15,000 to help a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder? We said the money would be used to match and train a [...]

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A Forest Lake High School student is giving a gift to every student with a learning disability by campaigning to end the use of the R word (retarded) in her high school. Clint Riese, editor of the Forest Lake Times, covered this story that deserves to be followed and duplicated in other high schools. Rachel [...]

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While stories on questionable judgment and the conduct of priests in the archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul dominate the media, the positive message of Pope Francis is energizing many Catholic Church members. Across the Metropolitan area, Pope Francis’ emphasis on having a welcoming, inclusive, forgiving and loving church is being received well by suburban [...]

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