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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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During these unsettled political times, public confidence in state and national lawmakers is down. The average person who really wants to get involved has one chance to change the country’s direction and its office holders, and that’s by attending their precinct caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Changing the direction and electing someone other than the [...]

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Thanks for the excellent coverage of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon kickoff event. We’ve come to expect this kind of reporting on important community developments. The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization is meant to mobilize community resources to serve the needs of military families. We understand that there are 186 National Guard members in our [...]

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With about 176,000 Minnesotans out of work, Gov. Mark Dayton’s bonding bill, which a study says will create 21,700 jobs, should be considered immediately. All or major portions of it should be approved in time for the upcoming construction season. This is the time to end political infighting over such a serious matter. Minnesotans expect [...]

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The city of Nowthen deserves some credit for finding a solution to a demand that it either pay more for Anoka County sheriff patrol services or lose that service. Fortunately the city and the sheriff reached an agreement for the sheriff to provide eight hours of daily patrol coverage at an additional cost of $106,011 [...]

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Every community with a hockey program at any level should be concerned on how the game is coached, officiated and played, following the checking-from-behind accident that has paralyzed Jack Jablonski, a sophomore at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School. The state and the nation are paying attention to Jablonski’s recovery and the need for leaders of hockey [...]

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One of the big stories in 2012 will be the need for Minnesota to reform its complicated and unbalanced taxing system. That story already is being developed by State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans, as he continues his tour of the state presenting some eye-opening information about the system that needs reform. After gathering comments from [...]

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