Opinion

The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act has been passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and is now state law. The act establishes structure and detailed definition of bullying behavior. “Bullying” means “intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive.” The act is specific in detail and defines the context [...]

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Counterpoint: There’s still a public golf course in town “Nowhere else in Elk River … will you see a father bonding with a teenage son and an elderly grandmother and granddaughter laughing — while actually playing the same sport together.” I beg to differ! I actually see and experience this often in golf season at [...]

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First, I would like to say that I truly believe in our right to protest, and I have exercised that right at times in my life. But what Mr. Bondhus did, in my opinion, was a slap in the face of every veteran who has served to protect our right to protest. For the ones [...]

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Good health is the most basic human need and essential to success and prosperity. The idea that health care should be available to everyone at an affordable price seems easy to support. But achieving that has become a divisive issue in this country, with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act. Before it went into [...]

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I have belonged to the Elk River community for my entire life. I attended elementary, middle school and high school here, and I am proud to remain an Elk River resident for many reasons. One of the main reasons why I remain an active part of this community is because this is where I was [...]

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 Reader questions $65,000 for a sign consultant When people are struggling to get through this down economy, I find it interesting that Elk River City Council is considering hiring a consulting firm for $65,000 to study and make recommendations on signage that lays out a 25- to 50-year plan. If the consulting firm costs $65,000, [...]

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My purpose in writing is to express my concern regarding the recent news story on KSTP. As the current president of the Minnesota Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, as a professor who prepares teacher candidates in health and physical education, and as a concerned citizen, your proposed changes to the health and [...]

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I had the pleasure of manning a booth in recent weeks at first-time college and career fairs at both Rogers High School and Elk River High School. Each fair was run a little different, but both appeared to be successful on several fronts. Rogers High School held its fair during the school day and had [...]

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