Opinion

In a healing but still perilous economy, residents of Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District would get a better shot at prosperity under policies promoted by the challenger in the Nov. 4 election — Democrat Mike Obermueller. Students, wage-earners, immigrants, people needing affordable health care, seniors and people nearing retirement would get a fairer shake from Obermueller [...]

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by Bonnie Boberg Burnsville Historical Society Where did this summer go? After our exciting 1939 exhibit at the Ames Center this past spring, the Burnsville Historical Society board members took a well-deserved summer vacation. But we don’t want you to think we ignored history during the past few months. Most of us kept our love [...]

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There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame. Whether it’s the Fire Hydrant Capital of the world in Albertville, Ala., the giant statue of Paul Bunyan welcoming visitors to Brainerd, Minn., or the giant ice cream sundae statue in LeMars, Iowa, every city has [...]

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Double testing of our high school students is costing Minnesotans millions of dollars. That’s money that could be better spent. What about spending some of those millions on, for example, high-quality early childhood programs? Or on extra-curricular programs? The ACT found many years ago that participation in debate, drama, speech, music and journalism programs was [...]

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Even if they have a slight decline in the number of students served, most Minnesota districts and charter schools will be receiving more money per pupil in the coming school year. That’s one of the key lessons learned in talking with Tom Melcher, director of the Minnesota Department of Education’s finance division. Thanks go to [...]

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by the Rev. Paul Jarvis  Special to Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. Francis, patron saint of animals and friend to the poor. Like Mother Teresa and Albert Schweitzer and Dr. Martin Luther King, St. Francis is one of those inspiring saints who everyone admires, no matter one’s [...]

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