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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. No...Read More
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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 o...Read More
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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 ...Read More
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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. Changi...Read More
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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 understan...Read More
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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 ...Read More
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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 additiona...Read More
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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 ...Read More
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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 n...Read More
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