Opinion

Double testing of our high school students is costing Minnesotans millions of dollars. That’s money that could be better spent. What about spending some of those millions on, for example, high-quality early childhood programs? Or on extra-curricular programs? The ACT found many years ago that participation in debate, drama, speech, music and journalism programs was [...]

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  As the Nov. 4 election approaches, we again share some guidelines for submitting letters to the editor in support or opposition of candidates for state and local offices. Letter to the editor Our policy on letters to the editor applies to political letters. Letters must be 350 words or less. All letters must be [...]

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  I’ve heard from many people that certain humorous rumors are spreading about me. The first is that I have promised to hire Jan Jude when I become county attorney. Of course this is false. I am working hard to bring a fresh start to the county attorney’s office. What’s not funny is that if [...]

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  Several weeks ago I had a minor bicycle accident. This was caused by three factors: 1) My front brake cable failed. 2) I was distracted; I was trying to reach for a safety card in my pocket. 3) Fellow bicyclists were biking on the wrong side of the road. This was a reminder to [...]

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  On Sept. 13, I had rented space at the Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds for its first community garage sale event. I was very pleased with the outcome and I hope that there will be more in the future. There was talk of possibly having another one around the same time next year and possibly [...]

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  Riches and rogues! The more I look, the more I find some of each, and a lot between, on the Internet. Families and educators have a huge task helping young people learn how to gather information on the Internet. Here are five guidelines to consider. But first, a brief story. Youngsters in schools today [...]

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  In frontier days, the sheriff saddled up his horse, organized a posse and, with his deputies, enforced the laws of the West. My, how times have changed. In Hennepin County this year, a majority of the deputies are coming after Sheriff Rich Stanek and are out to defeat him with ballots in the November [...]

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