Opinion

A Minnesota Department of Education’s School Finance Award will never compete with “March Madness” for public attention. But MDE has recently given 69 percent of Minnesota’s traditional districts and 80 percent of Minnesota charter public schools an award that measures solid accomplishment and merits public praise. In the southern and western metro area, winners included [...]

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by the Rev. Paul Jarvis Special to Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune The Vettern College Choir from Jönköping, Sweden, performed a concert March 29 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rosemount. The choir dramatically enacted with gesture and movement and even folk costumes a connection between Minnesota and Sweden. After the concert’s midpoint, the singers [...]

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by the Rev. Paul Jarvis Guest Columnist based on a guest column printed in the Sun Thisweek 3/7/2013 edition Don’t bother reading this if you aren’t exactly ecumenical … you’re not interested in what Christian denominations have in common. Don’t bother reading this if you don’t feel the need to get off the roller coaster [...]

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Six high school students spoke out last week, and legislators listened. As college costs rise, families are looking for ways to help students be better prepared and earn college credits while still in high school. Richfield High School students Sam Petrov, Beisite Wang, Henry Hoang, Wendy Hughes, Michelle Nguyen and Cherish Kovach – most of [...]

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by Sen. Greg Clausen Special to Sun Thisweek and Dakota County Tribune I would like to address concerns expressed in a March 21 letter to the editor regarding the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, also referred to as the bullying bill. The Safe and Supportive Schools Act is a result of recommendations from the 2012 [...]

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