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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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To the Editor: Employment Enterprises Inc. (EEI) would like to thank Earl LeMieur for donating a 1929 MG Mercedes Replicar for a raffle drawing fundraiser. We would also like to thank Gerry Palo for preparing the replicar and getting it out on the road. The funds raised from this raffle will enable EEI to purchase [...]

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To the Editor: The state of Kansas is in the abyss of budgetary disaster. This was created by the effects of conservative supply-side economics (tax cuts for the wealthy and deregulation). In 2011, Gov. Sam Brownback cut taxes on the wealthy by 25 percent, eliminated taxes on small business and made smaller tax cuts for [...]

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To the Editor: As usual one of last week’s letters needs “the rest of the story.” The $5 million for roads and bridges that Ron Kresha voted against was part of a $320 million supplemental budget bill passed by the DFL-controlled legislature at the end of the session. It contained $1 billion in new spending [...]

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To the Editor: In a day when politics has nearly become a blood sport, I’m always a bit amazed and heartened that some hardy souls among us still have the dedication and “call” to serve in political office. In that vein, I’m thankful that Al Doty is running to once again represent our fine community [...]

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To the Editor: In the 2014 legislative session, Rep. Kresha kept to his word of advocating for District 9B and prioritizing infrastructure investment over excessive spending. The 2014 capital investment bill dedicated $113 million for roads and bridges, $126 million for the renovation of the State Capitol and $1.7 million to the Minnesota Veterans Trail [...]

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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.” Many of us have experienced that scenario in our lives. [...]

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Recently, an assessment of community health needs was completed by Morrison County Public Health, Morrison County Social services and St. Gabriel’s Hospital. The study is a worthy attempt at addressing some of the biggest impediments to county citizens’ ability to live long, happy lives. The plan sets out under three goals an ambitious total of [...]

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Seventh District Judge Steven Cahill survived a primary election challenge by three attorneys. No surprise there. The three challengers split a majority of the votes. Kenneth Kohler got the nod to run against Cahill in November. It wasn’t surprising because in Minnesota election of judges is designed to all but guarantee the re-election of incumbents. [...]

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