From stunning to sad, a 12-day trip to Japan has produced an array of emotions. The cherry blossoms are more beautiful and more numerous than I can describe. The people are extremely friendly. But none of the things I’ve done matched the power, or the mixture of emotions, of visiting Hiroshima’s Peace Park and the [...]

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Gov. Mark Dayton said on April 10 that soon he will no longer need crutches and is not feeling any pain from his hip replacement. During a recent interview with the ECM Editorial Board, the governor obviously also wasn’t feeling any political pain. Many of the major bills – the tax bill, increase in the [...]

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The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act has been passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and is now state law. The act establishes the structure and a detailed definition of bullying behavior. “Bullying” means “intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive.” The act is specific in detail and defines [...]

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