Opinion

BY DON HEINZMAN GAZETTE COLUMNIST A grand piano has landed at the baggage-claim level of the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport, continuing the takeoff into the artistic skies. While you are waiting for your flight, you can sit down and play that piano, given by an anonymous donor, or you also can listen to a series of [...]

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  BY DAN POFFENBERGER GUEST COLUMNIST Let’s face it: Lutefisk gets a bad rap. The little cod that could has been much maligned by everyone from Garrison Keillor (who once said it “looks like the desiccated cadavers of squirrels run over by trucks”) to Sven and Ole (who, in one joke, use it to get [...]

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BY CHRIS SHAFFER WCCO CHIEF METEOROLOGIST Are your Halloween decorations up yet? Our three daughters love Halloween almost as much as they love Christmas. And you can go to just about any store and buy things for both holidays already. Don’t get me started on the Christmas music I’ve heard playing … too early! And [...]

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BY JOE NATHAN ECM COLUMNIST Double testing of our high school students is costing Minnesotans millions of dollars. That’s money that could be better spent. What about spending some of those millions on, for example, high-quality early childhood programs? Or on extra-curricular programs? The ACT found many years ago that participation in debate, drama, speech, [...]

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BY DON HEINZMAN ECM COLUMNIST In frontier days, the sheriff saddled up his horse, organized a posse and, with his deputies, enforced the laws of the West. My, how times have changed. In Hennepin County this year, a majority of the deputies are coming after Sheriff Rich Stanek and are out to defeat him with [...]

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BY BRAD AYERS GUEST COLUMNIST Nearly 80 years of living and a broad range of experiences has convinced me of the efficacy of the folk wisdom that we do not appreciate what we have until we lose it. This seems to be a uniquely human behavioral trait, often ignored at our own expense, happiness and [...]

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