Opinion

Last November, 35 candidates ran for mayor Minneapolis under a ranked-choice voting system. It took 33 rounds of vote counting before a winner was declared. One would think with 35 candidates in the race, it could get nasty, with many candidates going negative against the perceived front-runners. That never happened, and ranked-choice voting is widely [...]

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As many in the community know, I have been very involved in trap shooting since five of us built the old Rum River Gun Club in 1966. I am pleased to see the interest in the new high school trap-shooting team and the excellent coverage of this sport given to them by the Union-Eagle. Many [...]

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Remember when WCCO Radio featured a spoof on “Minnesota Hospital” and boasted Minnesota was “a good state to get sick in”? Well, it turns out that by most measures, Minnesota is a good state to stay well in. According to a study by United Health Foundation, Minnesota ranks third by many measures. The latest indication [...]

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A teacher’s recent email note to me asking for information about cyberbullying triggered powerful, unhappy memories. Her inquiry led me into the fascinating world of “cyberbulling.” The more I learned, the more convinced I became that this definitely is something families should discuss with youngsters this summer, if they haven’t already. My unhappy memories include [...]

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“Keep their minds and bodies engaged in wonder during the summer months when they are not attending school.” That’s what Julie Olson, director of elementary education for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools recommended last week. She was one of 39 education leaders who responded to my request for suggestions about what parents could do to [...]

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“R-E-S-P-E-C-T” is not just a song sung by Aretha Franklin. This a very important attribute that is missing in a few or many of the young or adult children in our community. Personally, I feel that it has its beginning at home, goes into school, respecting each other’s feelings and property. There is also a [...]

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Tanner James Pap of Lino Lakes was hoping to counsel others on the dangers of drug abuse. Instead, he died from a heroin overdose as a student at the University of Minnesota in 2012. He was 21. Nick Moore of Fridley, a 25-year-old bioengineering student at the University of Minnesota, died of a heroin overdose [...]

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