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State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans recently shared some eye-opening statistics with the Metropolitan Council. The one that strikes in the gut is that in 2010, of the $27 billion the state collected in tax revenues, only $16 billion remained, after “hidden spending,” more commonly known as lo...Read More
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Some experts are calling the increase in the use of the drug heroin an epidemic, and are urging community leaders, parents and schools to act on this problem. Last year in Hennepin and Ramsey counties alone, 120 people died after using heroin and other opiates. In Mille Lacs County, four persons hav...Read More
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Thanks to the response from the public, there is a garage full of gently used baseball equipment that needs to be sent to Benin, Africa, in six months. These balls, bats and gloves will be used by young people from Benin to begin to play American baseball. Gary Tonsager, an optician from Elk River, ...Read More
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In Minnesota there is a state safety net for an estimated 800,000 disabled, elderly and families with children who need help paying for their health care. During fiscal year 2010 and 2011, the Minnesota Department of Human Services spent $7.5 billion for health care with Medical Assistance (Medicaid...Read More
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Joel Myhre of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal has it right. Most of us have not been interested in the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), because we personally haven’t felt it. We aren’t affected because we have health insurance and aren’t all that concerned for the 36 million or so who do...Read More
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The power of an idea and a commitment to a mission could bring baseball to Benin, Africa, badly in need of giving poor young people something constructive to do. (Benin is a small French-speaking country of 8 million people, sandwiched between Nigeria and Ghana.) Two men who are involved in the Robb...Read More
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Thanks to the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota 10th graders will be able to take college-level accredited courses while  in high school, starting the next school year. This dual-credit program is a win-win for 10th graders who now will be able to earn high school and college cr...Read More
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Parents are convinced and research shows that students who participate in extracurricular activities do better in school and in life. That’s why seeing school boards increase fees for students to play sports, act, debate and sing is so frustrating to parents who are strapped to pay the fees. Grant...Read More
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