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Sean McComb, recently named 2014 National Teacher of the Year, has given one of the best speeches I’ve ever read about what teachers can and often do accomplish. As he told thousands of other educators gathered at the National Education Association conference: “When those children come through the school doors, teachers are the decisive element. [...]

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This weekend, the largest annual one-day fundraiser in Morrison County, the Relay for Life, was held. For more than 20 years, this fundraiser has been raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research. This year, almost 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. An estimated 585,720 Americans will die [...]

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Below are five paired statements. Read them and see if you agree with one or both of each pair: 1. The federal government spends too much money. The wealthy should pay much more in taxes. 2. Every American should have access to high-quality health care. We spend far too much on health care in the [...]

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To the Editor: If you haven’t seen the beautiful flowers in Memorial Park (both sides of Highway 27), it’s time to take a look. Sometimes while waiting for a long train to pass, it’s a good time to see them, but better yet go there and walk around to get a closer look at the [...]

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To the Editor: A few weeks ago a letter appeared criticizing Ron Kresha for voting against a broadband bill in the House. Now you will hear “the rest of the story.” The bill covered mostly the Twin Cities and Rochester with government run systems. Kresha was holding to a Republican principle when he voted against [...]

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To the Editor: I am campaign manager for Shawn Larsen, candidate for Morrison County Sheriff. I strongly believe that Shawn Larsen should be our next sheriff. As an educator, I understand the importance of good leadership. Through good leadership, anything is possible. Did you know that Little Falls Community Schools, where I have taught for [...]

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To the Editor: Having been an educator and coach for 37 years, I know the importance of good leadership and role modeling. Shawn is very interested in the youth of Morrison County. As sheriff, he wants to build relationships with our schools and youth, taking a proactive approach in developing drug awareness. I have known [...]

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To the Editor: Although two recent letters addressing climate change disagree on the cause of it, they both agree that being good stewards of the earth is important. This is the commonality that we and our elected leaders need to recognize. Renewable energy has already created millions of jobs across the U.S. and reduced our [...]

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State leaders have been cheering a spate of good economic news of late. Most recently, in announcing that the jobless rate had fallen to 4.0 percent in the Twin Cities metro area, they noted that was the lowest rate for any metropolitan area in the nation. A statewide unemployment rate of 4.2 percent also takes [...]

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