Opinion

Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to ensure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits [...]

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More people in your communities are living longer. What are you going to do about them? This will be a central issue for community leaders as the baby boomers retire. We’re told they want to volunteer and get involved in the community where they’ve lived for many years. You can segregate them, put them in [...]

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I am writing in response to the article in the Elk River Star News last week regarding the Elk River High School gymnasium upgrades and actions/tasks on the activities directors’ lists. I agree that the Elk River High School gymnasium upgrade looks fantastic, and the gym floor is great. However, it would be nice if [...]

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I have heard often the issues of red-light runners along Highway 169 during my 30 years of living in the Elk River area. Today, I tried to turn onto School Street from the northbound turn lane of Highway 169. There were 12 cars ahead of me. After two full cycles of signals I was still [...]

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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.” Many of us have experienced that scenario in our lives. [...]

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The millennials, ages 18-34, are forcing changes in the metropolitan area housing patterns, particularly in the first-ring suburbs and urban centers. Steve Elkins is the District 5 Metropolitan Council member, representing Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and Hopkins, who spoke to progressives recently in Bloomington. He is an economist for Optum Technology, a division of United Health [...]

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Youngsters like Kerrie Maleski, Kayley Schoonmaker, Matt Rubel and Will Tully are part of a major trend in Minnesota. They are among the growing number of students in Minnesota’s two-year community colleges. They’ve also been elected as leaders of the Minnesota State College Student Association. National research says cost and preparation for good jobs is [...]

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