Opinion

BY JOE NATHAN – GUEST COLUMNIST Minnesota’s state one-act play competition generally doesn’t get the attention that some sports receive. But having watched plays, and been in a few, I’d say that drama is one of the most valuable things a youngster can do. So congratulations to the high schools of Eastview of Apple Valley, […]

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by Joe Nathan – Guest Columnist How can public school options help youngsters? Pam Jutila, a mother in Ramsey, has been writing to me since April. She described how her three youngsters have gained from options. Her first note commented on a column about a student who had trouble in a large high school and […]

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By Natalie Conrad Sun Current Newspapers Sifting through upsetting statistics on domestic violence and learning the stories and scenarios that can lead to these troubling situations has really made me realize how thankful I am to have a safe, loving family. Over the past several weeks, I have spent many hours talking to law enforcement […]

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  When it comes to “supporting the troops,” our obligations don’t end after buying a sticker with the phrase. One of my best friends served two tours in Iraq. He separated from the service after serving 13 years in both the Marine Corps and the Army. My friend travelled the world with U.S. Army Special […]

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By Chris Dillmann Sun Sailor Newspapers Because of inaccurate media reports and deep misconception sharks have earned the reputation of man-eaters and mindless killing machines. Since they are my favorite animal, I’ve continuously advocated for them. It’s forever been a dream of mine to see the greatest of them all, Great Whites, up close and […]

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By Don Heinzman ECM Publishers Some parents wish their children could attend a year-round school because they think three months of summer vacation is too long. Most Minnesotans believe school shouldn’t start until after the last day of the Minnesota State Fair. Several schools in the Twin Cities area have year-round schedules, with students generally […]

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BY JOE NATHAN – GUEST COLUMNIST What does it take to help students from low-income families succeed? Some 131 Minnesota district and charter public schools have just earned an important state award because they have answers. They have earned the Minnesota Department of Education designation of “reward schools.” This includes district and charter schools in […]

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