don heinzman

Every time I hear some commentator or weather person call suburban communities “burbs,” I want to throw up. These are real honest-to-goodness communities, not some amorphous blob. I can’t find “burb” in the dictionary. It probably just comes from “suburb,” which is bad enough, because that says we are sub-urban – subject to the urban, [...]

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A bill to protect jobs of high school coaches from parental complaints is a bad idea. Seems that some coaches claim they are being let go because too many parents complain about their coaching and how they handle their players. To protect their jobs, the bill in the Legislature would require that the school board [...]

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Years ago, few people thought children in suburban communities lacked food. Times have changed, as data points to a growing number of suburban families with children who get their food from food shelves and their breakfasts and lunches at schools. National data say one in five families with children struggles to put enough food on [...]

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St. Bonifacius, population, 2,286 in Hennepin County, may well be one of the first in Minnesota to pass a local ordinance restricting unmanned aerial drones, known as “spies in the skies.” The City Council’s new ordinance bans the use of drones within the city’s airspace, without a warrant, except where immediate death or serious injury [...]

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This month the annual pilgrimage by high school sports fans to sports temples will end with the celebration of the boy’s high school state basketball tournament. They will have cheered 2,600 athletes who will have played in 120 winter sports tournaments. These tournaments are big business for the Minnesota High School League, which rules over [...]

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The tragic shooting of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has focused needed attention and awareness on the need for better mental health services, particularly in the public schools. Gov. Mark Dayton recognizes this and wants to double the money the state spends to expand access for mentally ill children in a school-linked [...]

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