Opinion
There’s garbage collection politics in several suburbs and probably more to come. Thanks to a law revised in 2013, cities can change how haulers of garbage, yard waste and recyclables are regulated. Now, in many communities, there are up to seven garbage haulers in an open system who contract indi...Read More
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Recently I’ve heard and read some of the most powerful student essays I’ve encountered over more than 45 years of work with young people. Students presented them at a statewide conference attracting almost 300 students sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs. Quietly, with...Read More
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This is a short note to commend and thank our local police and sheriffs departments, the EMT’s , hospice and ambulance services, neighbors and friends for being so kind and respectful. Don had serious health issues over the past 5 1/2 years and you were always there when we needed assistance. Our ...Read More
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Now is the time to reform our aging care system to ensure current and future seniors get the care they need – and our lawmakers must do just that this legislative session. Proposed reform would ensure payments cover the cost of care, while rewarding quality, efficiency and innovation. Proposal...Read More
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Several years ago, when I served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, I helped launch a proven reading intervention program called the Minnesota Reading Corp for children age 3 to grade 3 who are identified as not ready to read.  These are the years when the foundation for reading and lifelon...Read More
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It seems that there are many rumors swirling around our community, and I thought that I would take the opportunity to answer some of them in a frequently asked questions format: 1. How can we afford the new construction if we are having to do budget adjustments? The construction is connected to our ...Read More
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A month ago, as part of the ECM Editorial Board, I got to sit in on interviews with Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL) and DFL minority leader in the House Rep. Paul Thissen, and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt (Republican) and Republican minority leader in the Senate Sen.David ...Read More
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