Don Heinzman

Residents of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area pride themselves in having professional entertainment that enriches the quality of their lives. News of the shutdown of six weeks of Minnesota Orchestra concerts over a labor dispute is disturbing. The Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are important cultural pillars for all of Minnesota and [...]

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State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans recently shared some eye-opening statistics with the Metropolitan Council. The one that strikes in the gut is that in 2010, of the $27 billion the state collected in tax revenues, only $16 billion remained, after “hidden spending,” more commonly known as loopholes, was deducted. That hidden spending includes tax credits [...]

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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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