Opinion

More people are raising vegetables and growing flowers than ever, but the number of once-popular traditional garden clubs is fading, says Rene Lynch, president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota. She hopes a new variety of club using social media will continue to grow interest in what garden clubs used to do. Take the [...]

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Money was not mentioned by any of the more than 30 educators who responded to a question I asked about the first month of school. Each of them described the most important things that families can do in September. Everything they suggested is free: helping youngsters set goals, establishing routines, learning something yourself, talking positively [...]

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By Laura Stobb In a society where food prices are on the rise and nutrition is on the downfall, it seems like we are either starving ourselves on the latest diet trend or feeling guilty getting our car load of kids dinner at a fast food drive-thru. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. [...]

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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says Minneapolis is much better prepared to deal with a confrontation such as that between the police and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Freeman said the Minneapolis police force has a better relationship with black people and better credibility and there’s a belief in the community that people will be [...]

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Americans have complicated, conflicted feelings about how much to rely on statewide standardized tests, such as those whose scores were recently released. I think this year’s results suggest three changes. Minnesota should: • Make much more use of highly successful schools. • Share results sooner with teachers. • Use a broader array of assessments. Results [...]

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Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to insure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits [...]

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  What should wise families, like careful coaches, help youngsters do to prepare for the upcoming school year? Forty-one district, charter and teacher union leaders recently responded to that question with specific, practical advice. Their suggestions tended to fall into three major areas: –Re-establishing school year routines at least a few days before the first [...]

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