Opinion
To the editor: When our daughter, Grace Anderson came home from school and told us she invited the mayor to her graduation party, I said “What?” She said he had emailed all the Lakeville high school seniors and said he liked going to grad parties and if they would like him to come to theirs, [.....Read More
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Minnesota’s legislative leaders started 2015 with a pleasant conundrum: How to proceed through the biennial budget process knowing they had a $2 billion surplus. Dozens of uses for those billions quickly surfaced – from big ticket items like Gov. Mark Dayton’s pet project free, voluntary presc...Read More
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After the state started funding all-day public school kindergarten in fall 2014, Gov. Mark Dayton has moved quickly and aggressively for a free, voluntary 4-year-old school program. There is much to like regarding an all-day preschool education as a means of reaching students at a critical time and ...Read More
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Sometimes art and history come together in wonderful ways. That’s what happened in a terrific musical and two marvelous movies that I saw over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Although they described vastly different people, each illustrated art’s immense ability to move us and enrich our lives...Read More
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The issue of bullying should be simple: Don’t do it — and if you see it, report it. A 180-pound eighth-grade boy shouldn’t beat up a 99-pound sixth-grader and steal his lunch money. It’s wrong. Don’t do it. However, that seemingly universal premise of right and wrong has morphed into an em...Read More
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Times are changing for parents caught between raising their own families and dealing with their aging parents. At the same time, their own children, unable to find a well-paying job and burdened with college debt, are living at their home. A new kind of space is needed. The Richfield City Council re...Read More
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Recently I’ve heard and read some of the most powerful student essays I’ve encountered over more than 45 years of work with young people. Students presented them at a statewide conference attracting almost 300 students sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs. Quietly, with...Read More
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