Opinion

News that the Minneapolis Schools will allow students to graduate with one less gym class brought mixed emotions. It seems odd that in the face of rising childhood obesity rates that physical fitness would take the hit. On the other hand, my memories of my own gym classes are so painful, I wouldn’t wish them [...]

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To the Editor: On April 23, 2013, Rep. Kresha voted “yes” for the education budget (HF 630) that was signed by the governor and funded all-day kindergarten, helped to lower local property taxes and increased educational funding for our local schools. The official record of the vote is located at this link www.house.leg.state.mn.us. Bottomline, Kresha [...]

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A few months ago, a woman who lived on the 26th floor of a Seattle apartment building looked out her window. Staring back at her was a drone aircraft with a camera attached. Not surprisingly, she called the police. It turned out that the drone was owned by an aviation company that had been hired [...]

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By AMY SCHOENROCK Guest Columnist Have you seen the Box Tops logo on your cereal box and thought about cutting it out? Have you wondered why you might save the small Labels for Learning slip you get with your Coborn’s receipt? Want to help out education programs at your local school without spending a dime? [...]

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Standardized test scores for Minnesota schools, including this area, were generally flat in the results released last week. We continue to believe that school bashing, however, is extremely unhelpful. As a society and as a state, we cannot afford to point fingers and leave it at that; we need to figure out what we can [...]

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To the Editor: Swanville Schools would like to thank the many people that stayed and helped out with our flood situation Wednesday, Sept. 3. It was quite a way to start the school year. — Sheryl Johnson, principal and network administrator, Swanville

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To the Editor: On Oct. 2, 2009, my sister was killed in a sudden fatal car crash. On Oct. 28, her students decided to plan a fundraiser to create a lifelong endowment fund in her honor. They went to the VFW and talked to Chris, who told them to contact Greg Zylka for help. When [...]

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To the Editor: I’ve spent a lot of time at the fairs and doorknocking. Here’s what I learned, and heard. People like it that this past DFL legislature put more money into K-12 education. “Kids need a good education to succeed in life.” People like it that this past DFL legislature put state money into [...]

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To the Editor: As I sat at the restitution hearing for Byron Smith on Aug. 26, I am wondering why in the world did a jury not hear all the facts that led up to the shootings on Thanksgiving 2012. Cody Kasper admitted to involvement in three burglaries. He testified that Nick Brady was involved [...]

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