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By Phil Gurbada, Guest Columnist I have been the elementary principal at Royalton Elementary for the past 26 years — more than a quarter of a century. It is a little uncomfortable when a former student comes to watch a program and spontaneously says, “You are still here.” Or when my son reports members of his [...]

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Here are two pieces of encouraging news about Minnesota’s public schools. First, the state teachers union has agreed on the potential value of yearly teacher evaluations. Second, a just-released report, “Quality Compensation,” encourages Minnesotans to build on success from a formerly controversial reform called Q Comp, which provided extra funds to districts and charters that [...]

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By Brent Lieser, Guest Columnist It is hard to believe that we are in the final month of summer, especially when Mother Nature condensed our spring sports seasons and farmers and gardeners were still planting in late June. As we all know, the calendar does not lie, and we are excited for the upcoming school year [...]

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By Will Hecht, Guest Columnist The editorial comment “History tells us that might eventually makes right” (Morrison County Record, July 27) is disconcerting for this reader. As stated, such specious generalizations ignore the thoughtfulness needed for such a serious subject: What or whose “history”? What is “democracy’s gains”? What “rule of law”? What “consequences”? The opinion [...]

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By Jackie Wise, Guest Columnist For years, the term “Deadbeat Dads” has been coined as a phrase for child support payers nationwide and is a title that associates men and fathers with not supporting their children. This is not completely accurate and the following information helps demonstrate why. Over the last 20-plus years the child support [...]

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By Brian-Paul Crowder, Guest Columnist Theoretically, I am enormously in favor of the city of Little Falls having an Area Recreational Complex. Theoretically. Despite voting “No,” I don’t necessarily object to the city moving ahead with the project; what I object to and voted against was its poor planning. There has been so much attention focused [...]

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By Cathy VanRisseghem, Guest Columnist It’s official — the Taylor Chebet Twitchell Playground is complete and absolutely amazing. It truly is an amazing playground, but what’s more incredible is how it was built and the heart and soul that went into it. The first time I heard “Community Build” I wasn’t fully aware of what [...]

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By Mary Kline, Guest Columnist This year’s Morrison County Relay for Life will take place this Friday, July 18, at Little Falls Community High School’s Flyer Field. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and the luminary ceremony starts at 10 p.m. I’d like to invite everyone to join in the ceremony which honors and [...]

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By Elizabeth Tepley, Guest Columnist I’d like to take a moment to celebrate the excellent efforts of our teachers in Little Falls. As a literacy tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corps for Lindbergh Elementary, I see firsthand the great work they are doing to shape the futures of the children of our community. I also know [...]

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