Opinion

  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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  Big changes are coming for Minnesota’s high school students, and meetings are scheduled throughout the state to discuss them. That’s good because the changes are controversial. Minnesota has passed some education reform laws, like Postsecondary Enrollment Options, that have worked out well. We’ve adopted others, like the Profile of Learning graduation requirements that were [...]

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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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