Staff Columns

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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Local government has a significant impact on the lives of residents, and it is important for voters to have all the information they can about the people running to represent them before casting their ballot. Lakeville is fortunate to have an assortment of candidates seeking to represent residents on the Lakeville City Council and the [...]

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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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Riches and rogues. The more I look, the more I find some of each, and a lot between, on the Internet. Families and educators have a huge task helping young people learn how to gather information on the Internet. Here are five guidelines to consider. But first, a brief story. Students in schools today have [...]

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More people are raising vegetables and growing flowers than ever, but the number of once-popular traditional garden clubs is fading, says Rene Lynch, president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota. She hopes a new variety of club using social media will continue to grow interest in what garden clubs used to do. Take the [...]

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