Staff Columns
Readers sometimes ask for advice about books to read over the summer. Here are four books that offer a mixture of encouragement, inspiration, passion, perspective, challenge and controversy. For people seeking inspiration and insight into the challenges and rewards of teaching, I’d suggest two boo...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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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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There’s garbage collection politics in several suburbs and probably more to come. Thanks to a law revised in 2013, cities can change how haulers of garbage, yard waste and recyclables are regulated. Now, in many communities, there are up to seven garbage haulers in an open system who contract indi...Read More
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As Minnesota legislators conclude their business in the week, here are four things I hope they do to help improve public schools. Some don’t cost any additional tax dollars. Some require a relatively modest investment in students, schools and educators. 1. Make it easier and clearer for qualified,...Read More
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Despite more restrictive requirements, the National School Lunch Program is very healthy and going strong. In fact, of the 2,100 public and nonprofit school sites in Minnesota, only two high schools, Wayzata and Byron, have dropped the mostly federally funded program. In Prior Lake, Janeen Peterson,...Read More
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Testing and, more broadly, learning have been disrupted in the past two weeks for thousands of Minnesota students. The Minnesota Department of Education says equipment failure and outside computer attacks on Pearson, the company hired to run our statewide tests, caused the problems. The problems bec...Read More
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by Mark Weber Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune Bill Tschohl of Apple Valley values Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune so much he routinely sends copies of stories he has read to friends, family and colleagues. He enjoys that the newspaper carries information about community events and grou...Read More
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In our communities, there is a silent, incurable disease called Alzheimer’s that gradually destroys a person’s ability to remember, learn and do simple tasks. In Minnesota, it’s estimated that 88,000 people 65 years and older have this incurable disease, according to Act on Alzheimer’s, and ...Read More
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