Opinion

Yes, it is time to rethink our new school lunch program. Having nutritional guidelines are great, but what good does it do when the kids either refuse to eat or throw it out?  How much money is going straight to the garbage bins? My daughter’s lunch account used to run short because she’d always buy [...]

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I am a current student Elk River High School and it has come to my attention that schools are wasting tons of food every day. Have you ever thought about how many kids throw away food every day during lunch? My school stopped using reusable trays and started using styrofoam trays. That is a complete [...]

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Once again I learn that the laws of physics and economics are mysteriously different between United States and Europe. Roundabouts are unsafe for concurrent use by semitrucks and cars? I must buy a plane ticket immediately and tour the European continent informing all the countries about their egregious mistake before there is widespread carnage! Oh [...]

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Back in 1995, I read in my local newspaper about bowling event to benefit the Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Central Minnesota.  At the time, I was president of our local chapter of American Bikers for Awareness, Training and Education (Lake Chapter, ABATE of Minnesota). Our group acts as a political watchdog for Minnesota motorcyclists, strongly [...]

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Well, a few weeks into the new school year and my two oldest kids have not spent any money at lunchtime at the high school. I deposited $50 in each of their lunch accounts and they have been packing lunches from home every day. Maybe it’s time to rethink our lunch program. I think we [...]

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The Sept. 13, 2014, Kelley Farm groundbreaking ceremony was awesome with the horse-powered threshing machines, the original house and the two oxen pulling the plow used in the groundbreaking ceremony. The $10.5 million dollar grant, awarded in the bonding bill passed by the State Legislature and signed by Gov. Dayton, was much needed for the [...]

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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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