Opinion

If Minnesotans in 2009 were expecting Al Franken to arrive in Washington, D.C., as a bombastic elected official wanting to turn the U.S. Senate into a comedy hall, they were clearly mistaken. Instead, Sen. Al Franken became a low-key, out-of-the-limelight senator who quietly went about his business of serving Minnesota. With the narrowest of victories [...]

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On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Minnesotans will decide if they should keep Mark Dayton as their governor for the next four years. Dayton told ECM’s Editorial Board that under his leadership and policies, he has placed the state on the right moderate course with a balanced approach on spending and raising revenues. The board agrees that [...]

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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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