ECM Editorials

A 10-year agreement between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community reached in early June is neatly billed as a “cooperative marketing agreement.” To be fair, the agreement involves marketing as the race track operation and the Mystic Lake Casino owners will work hand in hand to promote each other. But the agreement does [...]

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From the standpoint of suburban and outstate communities, the 2012 legislative session on major issues was disappointing. Even the Vikings stadium plan approval, the centerpiece of the session, ignored a good suburban location in Arden Hills and an opportunity for major economic development in the northern region. Little was done to provide tax relief for [...]

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It was a high school hockey game at an arena in a town where there has been high school hockey for more than 30 years. A hometown player scored a classic breakaway goal to tie the game for his team. He got a loud round of applause from the crowd. Then the local goalie made [...]

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Looming ahead for 113 school districts in Minnesota are operating levy elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8 whose approval will be critical for the education of Minnesota K–12 students. Where these once were known as excess or extra levies, they now are being called by some “survival levies.” Half of these operating levies are to renew [...]

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One of the few things resolved by the 2011 Minnesota Legislature is to propose a constitutional amendment to the voters of Minnesota that would limit valid marriages to only those of a man and a woman. While this was the only amendment approved so far by the current legislature, it has another 20 or so [...]

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The importance of better and more frequent evaluation of teachers is being debated in the Minnesota Legislature. Chances are the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton are going to make some changes in the law governing how and how often the performance of classroom teachers in K–12 Minnesota schools is measured. This is particularly important [...]

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The immediate need for more jobs, particularly in the construction industry, is a strong argument for the Minnesota Legislature to pass a big bonding bill, and the sooner the better. So far, Gov. Mark Dayton has said he favors a $1 billion bonding bill, while the Republicans, who have majorities in both houses, want fewer [...]

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