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Let’s try this again – retirement, that is. In June 2007, I retired from the Star Tribune after almost 24 years with that newspaper. Six months later, I accepted a position with ECM Publishers as general manager in Dakota County. After four years managing Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune, ECM expanded by purchasing [...]

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“Minnesota’s future workforce is sitting in a Minnesota classroom today.” These powerful words from Gov. Mark Dayton took root this session, delivering the most comprehensive education investment in a decade, coupled with smart policy reforms that will improve the quality of education our children receive for years to come. From the moment the state Legislature [...]

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A concern is simmering over the federal school lunch requirements aimed at preventing children from becoming overweight (excess weight in general) and obese (excess fat). To be reimbursed by the government, school lunch directors must follow a menu that has more fruits and vegetables and smaller portions of meat, breads and dinner rolls. All breads [...]

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Despite being a freshman member serving in the minority caucus in the House, I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish. The finalized version of the tax bill included a sales tax exemption provision for cities and counties that I had authored. Another one of my bills that helps to prevent the theft of [...]

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Any discussion of public education — its needs, its strengths and weaknesses — generates a vast array of ideas, blame, expenses and controversy. It is almost surprising to find one premise that is universally agreed upon by administrators, politicians of all persuasions and teachers. It is this: A child needs to be reading at or [...]

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There was a sea change in the political landscape in 2012 when voters handed the DFL Party a majority in both houses of the Legislature to partner with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. If there was any doubt that the party in control would retreat from its campaign promises, the legislative session that ended Monday, May [...]

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The number of students who have special needs in Minnesota is growing, and the funding system to educate them needs to be repaired. Each student with special needs has an individual education plan (IEP) that by law must be funded. All children including those with special needs have an equal right to an education as [...]

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A bill to protect jobs of high school coaches from parental complaints is a bad idea. Seems that some coaches claim they are being let go because too many parents complain about their coaching and how they handle their players. To protect their jobs, the bill in the Legislature would require that the school board [...]

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