Opinion

A very important bill was passed at the Minnesota Legislature this year — one that most average residents didn’t hear about, but that made a huge difference to local business owners — and Rep. Kathy Lohmer of 39B voted against it. When entrepreneurs want to open or expand a business in this state, they often [...]

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Big changes are coming for Minnesota’s high school students, and meetings are scheduled throughout the state to discuss them. That’s good because the changes are controversial. Minnesota has passed some education reform laws, like Postsecondary Enrollment Options, that have worked out well. We’ve adopted others, like the Profile of Learning graduation requirements that were disappointing [...]

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BY TOM PURCELL – SYNDICATED COLUMNIST Ah, college is back in session — which means, says The Washington Post, that “helicopter parents” are in full flight. Helicopter parents, says The Post, are parents who have “watched their (childrens’) every move, checked their grades online hourly, advocated for them endlessly and kept them busy from event to [...]

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Money was not mentioned by any of the more than 30 educators who responded to a question I asked about the first month of school. Each of them described the most important things that families can do in September. Everything they suggested is free: helping youngsters set goals, establishing routines, learning something yourself, talking positively [...]

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Dear editor: My grandfather was Walter Schell. He was born overseas, then came to Stillwater as a boy. He worked at the St. Croix Boom Company during the end of the lumber industry in Stillwater and went off to France in World War I. When he returned from the trenches of the war he married, [...]

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