Staff Columns

One of my favorite family memories is sandbagging by the St. Croix River with two of our children. It comes to mind after the Independence Day – a holiday celebrating the sacrifice and selflessness of others. One of the most important things a family can do together this summer is help young people continue this [...]

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Rogers High School student Reid Sagehorn’s hasty two-word tweet online in January and its consequences have drawn national and even international attention from major news media. In response to a question about making out with a Rogers High School physical education teacher, Sagehorn responded, “actually yes.” A parent notified Rogers school authorities of Sagehorn’s tweet, [...]

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“Breaking Bad” TV show actor Steven Quezada had several strong messages for about 4,000 educators recently gathered to discuss charter public schools. At a conference sponsored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, (http://www.publiccharters.org) Quezada began, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for recognizing that children learn in different ways.” Then he talked about [...]

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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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