Archive | May 20, 2011

I’ve always worn a seat belt, even before a law was passed requiring it. I feel naked when I don’t buckle up. But at the same time I resent the government telling me I have to wear one. I’m old enough to make my own decisions. I don’t need or want a governmental baby sitter. [...]

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It seems to be fashionable these days to spew venom upon teachers and public employees and the unions that represent them. I hear talk about “Cadillac health plans” and “higher wages than the private sector.” I ask that the readers be wary of repeating the opinions until they have verified the “facts” as well. I [...]

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Elk River area educators like Marco Voce and Vanessta Spark are urging families to talk with youngsters about bullying. Judging from a statewide survey of thousands of Minnesota sixth-, ninth- and 12th-graders, this is an issue for a lot of young people. Here’s what educators are suggesting, and here’s what the survey found. Last year, [...]

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With all the concern over local jobs and the economy in communities, this is the time to shop local merchants and keep them in business. Local businesses are the lifeblood of the local community. Not only do they provide jobs and convenient shopping, they also pay taxes and are a leading force in the community. [...]

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The Elk River Area Arts Alliance deserves applause for getting downtown restaurants on board for the 2011 installment of ArtSoup. The organization made a judgment call to waive the fees for these local vendors to sell food at the every-other-year event, and promised to limit those serving to downtown businesses alone. It has always been [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor There are more than 2,200 senior high school students taking world languages across the Elk River Area School District this year, and that number is expected to grow considerably once a new world language curriculum adoption takes root. “The students will be very excited about the technology and resources they will [...]

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by Nathan Warner Contributing writer “Our overall goal for Zimmerman’s Wild West Days is to offer the community an amazing event that is as accepting, inclusive, and as accessible as possible,” says Bill Potrament, the president of the Zimmerman Civic Club. Wild West Days will launch this year under the Zimmerman Civic Club’s direction on [...]

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by Nathan Warner Contributing writer This year, Julie and Shorty Dorweiller will be the grand marshals of the parade, bringing home to Zimmerman more of the great tradition that defines the spectacle.  Julie and Shorty have a long history of announcing for rodeos and parades. Together, they started the Hamel Rodeo Committee 31 years ago [...]

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