Opinion

BY DEREK BROTEN GAZETTE COLUMNIST Have you noticed that each year we seem to hear about Christmas deals earlier and earlier, encouraging us to get into the shopping mood? Have you noticed newspapers starting to fill with ads that keep your own “I want” lists growing? We live in a land of great blessing, and […]

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BY THOMAS KEARNEY GUEST COLUMNIST There are many reasons for people to feel fortunate about living in the beautiful and scenic St. Croix Valley, but one of the best reasons is the number of educational options available to families. Of course, most people simply send their children to the district schools located within each community, […]

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BY THOM BLACK GUEST COLUMNIST One of the challenges for the church in all ages is how to include the youngest of believers in the processes of study and worship. At Bethany Evangelical Covenant, we are blessed with a very creative response to this need, and it comes in the form of what we call […]

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BY STEVE HALSEY GUEST COLUMNIST The Department of Corrections (DOC), the state agency which is responsible for prison administration and the supervision of felons on probation, and which makes sentencing recommendations to judges, has considered and implemented alternatives to incarceration over many years. Those in prison for a definite term serve two-thirds of the sentence […]

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Did you know that neural (brain) fatigue shows up with physical signs? We all know after we get done sitting all day in a seminar (hopefully an interesting one) that we are physically exhausted. But what we don’t realize is this can happen to us every day because of our movement or lack of good […]

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Contacted on Election Day, two key Minnesota House Republicans offered several priorities in education. Democrats are still the majority in the Minnesota Senate, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton was re-elected, but Republicans replaced DFLers as the majority in the Minnesota House. The legislative process ultimately requires compromises between House, Senate and governor, so it’s likely […]

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