Opinion

WCCO radio once featured a spoof on “Minnesota Hospital” and boasted Minnesota was “a good state to get sick in.” Well, it turns out that by most measures, Minnesota is a good state to stay well in. According to a study by United Health Foundation, Minnesota ranks third by many measures. The latest indication comes [...]

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“Keep their minds and bodies engaged in wonder during the summer months when they are not attending school.” That’s what Julie Olson, director of elementary education for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District recommended last week. She was one of 39 education leaders who responded to my request for suggestions about what parents could do to [...]

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Tanner James Pap of Lino Lakes was hoping to counsel others on the dangers of drug abuse. Instead, he died from a heroin overdose as a student at the University of Minnesota in 2012. He was 21. Nick Moore of Fridley, a 25-year-old bioengineering student at the University of Minnesota, died of a heroin overdose [...]

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I want to put in a good word for the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care systems because I am getting some of their services. Amid all the alarm and political backlash about the VA medical facilities and service in other states, my experience has been positive both in promptness and the services provided. While the [...]

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A teacher’s recent email note to me asking for information about cyberbullying triggered powerful, unhappy memories. Her inquiry led me into the fascinating world of “cyberbulling.” The more I learned, the more convinced I became that this definitely is something families should discuss with youngsters this summer, if they haven’t already. My unhappy memories include [...]

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