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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 Robbinsdale Little League program [...]

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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 credits, with the state funding the [...]

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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. Granted, school districts are short of funds, [...]

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There is a bill that if passed by the Minnesota Legislature would allow the public to use publicly owned or managed shooting ranges, some in local police stations. It originated in the city of Plymouth, where a firearms safety instructor wanted to use the police shooting range to teach firearms safety and was denied. The [...]

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At a time when more people than ever are using their community libraries, the funding gradually is being reduced. A good library is essential in a community now more than ever, when people cannot afford to buy books and more people are using its computers, downloading e-books and checking out audio materials. At this time, [...]

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How teachers should be evaluated and laid off in a school system with tenure are hot topics at the Minnesota Legislature. Republicans, who are in the majority in both houses, seem to favor a measure that would use test scores and teacher effectiveness along with seniority in terminating teachers. Now, seniority (years of experience) is [...]

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Don Heinzman has been named the city of Elk River’s Volunteer of the Month for March. Heinzman, retired editor of the Star News, chairs the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program in Elk River. He is a board member and past president of the Elk River Rotary Club, helped organize and is a charter member of [...]

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A survey of area school superintendents revealed that all educational opportunities for each Minnesota student are not equal. Joe Nathan, director of the Center for School Change at Macalester College and an education columnist for ECM Publishers and Sun Newspapers, contacted superintendents to see what their priorities were for this new legislative session. While top [...]

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