Opinion

Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to insure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits [...]

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BY TOM NELSON – GUEST COLUMNIST I love this time of year. The excitement that surrounds a new school year is contagious. The teachers are returning to their buildings and classrooms. The fall sports have already started. Everywhere I go all of the attention is on starting over, a new beginning. I know that most [...]

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By Tom Purcell, Syndicated Columnist Get this: low expectations are the key to happiness. That was one of the findings of a happiness study recently conducted by researchers at University College London. Researchers used a magnetic resonance imaging machine to monitor brain activity as they guided subjects through a series of activities, such as gambling, [...]

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A five-point plan to close the high school graduation gap between white and non-white high school students was unveiled Monday, Aug. 18, by Generation Next, a coalition of influential education, nonprofit, governmental and business leaders. This plan, which includes a surprising screening of 3-year-olds for health and emotional issues in selected Minneapolis and St. Paul [...]

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To the editor: In response to the Aug. 13 letter complaining about the abundance of signs for Rep. Kathy Lohmer, I would appreciate the opportunity to offer a rebuttal. I am a resident of that “beautiful, charming, attractive” area the writer describes, but I have a vastly different opinion of how these signs are viewed. [...]

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