Don Heinzman

Some experts are calling the increase in the use of the drug heroin an epidemic, and are urging community leaders, parents and schools to act on this problem. Last year in Hennepin and Ramsey counties alone, 120 people died after using heroin and other opiates. In Mille Lacs County, four persons have died in heroin-related […]

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There is an urgent message about the need to have established policies and strategies in place to confront bullying in schools, governed by a state policy that is considered the weakest and shortest in the country. A Minnesota Governor’s Task Force on bullying reported that more than half of middle and high school students say […]

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Voters of the Sixth Congressional District have an obligation to understand the issues and the importance of their decision to elect their representative in November. This is a race the nation will be watching because it involves Rep. Michele Bachmann who has become a darling of the right wing of the Republican Party and a […]

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In most legislative sessions, some senator or legislator is critical of the Metropolitan Council and wants to see some changes. The Metro Council is an appointed body that operates the bus, light rail and commuter rail systems, collects and cleans wastewater, is the regional housing and redevelopment authority, plans and funds regional parks, and plans […]

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How teachers with tenure should be evaluated and laid off in a school system are hot topics at the Minnesota Legislature. Republicans, who are in the majority in both houses, seem to favor a measure that would use test scores and teacher effectiveness along with seniority in terminating teachers. Now, seniority (years of experience) is […]

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