Opinion

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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Maybe, in this all-too-serious world, we need to laugh more. Imagine a meeting where you can laugh at Laurel and Hardy films, along with shorts on “Popeye the Sailorman” and “The Little Rascals.” That was the agenda for the Bloomington Brats October meeting, a tent of the Sons of the Desert International Laurel and Hardy […]

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I have heard it said that Baldwin lakes property owners do not pay enough taxes for sidewalks much less paved roads. All children deserve quality education regardless of where they live. Don’t all Baldwin property owners deserve quality roads? Let’s close the Baldwin road equity gap. A resident attended the most recent town board meeting […]

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My husband and I enthusiastically support Dale Hurni for School Board. Dale was Principal when I was hired to run the Performing Arts Center so I can speak firsthand to his leadership qualities. Dale is one of the best leaders I have ever worked with. He knows school finances and operations at all levels. I […]

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Over the past six months, the ECM Editorial Board presented a series of editorials focusing on major health issues. We also zeroed in on some solutions and recommendations. Here is a recap of our positions and conclusions: Health insurance and the Affordable Care Act — ACA’s potential long-term benefits were clouded by a short-term focus […]

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Congratulations to Minnesota educators, students and families, based on a new report from the College Board, which publishes the Advanced Placement exam. A study released Oct. 7 shows that growing numbers of Minnesota students are taking and passing at least one AP exam, among the more than 30 that are offered. While the percentage of […]

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