Opinion

  Here’s some good news, looking ahead to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature’s discussions about improving public schools. Two leading Minnesota Senate Democrats described several of their priorities as similar to those described last week by leading House Republicans. While this doesn’t ensure agreement, it’s encouraging that these leaders share some similar priorities. They include a […]

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  The Minnesota State High School League does a survey of high school students, and the results are very interesting. The survey is all about listening to students, and it is done every five years. Some of the questions are the same from year to year, and some are changed. Approximately 10 percent of the […]

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  Some question why newspaper editorial boards bother to endorse candidates for office. In other words, why should newspaper editors tell their readers whom they should vote for? After listening to the wave of candidate advertising that distorts and sometimes lies about a candidate, I am more convinced than ever that newspapers should endorse candidates. […]

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Regional airport managers in the Twin Cities area are concerned because there aren’t enough young men and women flying private and commercial airplanes to replace the retiring pilots. There also is a growing shortage of trained people to fill the aeronautical jobs of the future. One way to grow individuals’ interests in aviation and space […]

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“These teachers have dedicated their lives to serving students and been recognized for outstanding work. As we examine how to improve public policy, it’s important to hear from some of the best of the best. We need to learn from their success.” That’s how state Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, explained a recent hearing he convened […]

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Here are five questions you might want to ask school board candidates or members running for re-election this fall. Because schools play a huge role in making communities attractive places to live and work, you might also talk with the other board members, whose seats aren’t up for election, about these issues. –Are you committed […]

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Minnesotans traditionally vote in large numbers during midterm elections. Will the Tuesday, Nov. 4 elections once again place Minnesota among national leaders in turnout? If past history is repeated, the state will again be a leader, much as it was four years ago when the state led the nation in voter turnout with nearly 56 […]

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