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Times are changing for parents caught between raising their own families and dealing with their aging parents. At the same time, their own youngsters, unable to find a well-paying job and burdened with college debt, are living at their home. A new kind of space is needed. The Richfield City Council ...Read More
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Recently I’ve heard and read some of the most powerful student essays I’ve encountered over more than 45 years of work with young people. Students presented them at a statewide conference attracting almost 300 students sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs. Quietly, with...Read More
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Spring is now upon us, and that means it’s time for some spring cleaning. It’s a good habit that many of us practice. Spring is also the time Minnesota legislators make decisions about our future, so it’s a good time to talk about good habits. We have a great opportunity this year in Minnesota...Read More
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The misguided proposal to cut 200,000 U.S. Postal Service jobs alone, 3,700 post offices and about half the country’s 487 mail processing centers needs to be reconsidered. More than 88 post offices in Minnesota in addition to the mail processing center in Rochester are scheduled to be permanently ...Read More
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When 11-year-old Mandi Simon, of Eagan, says “give,” amazing things happen for children in need. Mandi, who was adopted by Dina and Rich Simon at eight days old, is grateful for her “awesome parents.” Realizing how lucky she is, she wants to make the world a better place. Determined to...Read More
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Imagine being a 15-year-old on a heart-transplant waiting list for nearly two years. Instead of playing sports or being carefree with your friends, you are confined to a hospital room every day for six months — hooked up to sterile, cold, beeping machines. After days of waiting and hoping, the day...Read More
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Imagine being a 15-year-old on a heart-transplant waiting list for nearly two years. Instead of playing sports or being carefree with your friends, you are confined to a hospital room every day for six months — hooked up to sterile, cold, beeping machines. After days of waiting and hoping, the day...Read More
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Legislators are upset over pay increases Gov. Mark Dayton has given his state department commissioners. Legislators say they were blindsided over excessive pay raises, even though they are legal. Now they are retaliating with bills to penalize the governor and even take away his pay-raising authorit...Read More
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New ideas, attitudes and opportunities are coming for Minnesota students. That was a central theme at the Feb. 6 “Pathways to Postsecondary” conference, cosponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. If things work out as state official...Read More
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