Opinion

Here are two pieces of encouraging news about Minnesota’s public schools. First, the state teachers union has agreed on the potential value of yearly teacher evaluations. Second, a just-released report, “Quality Compensation,” encourages Minnesotans to build on success from a formerly controversial reform called Q Comp, which provided extra funds to districts and charters that [...]

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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.” Many of us have experienced that scenario in our lives. [...]

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By Stephen Halsey Jailhouse Lawyer is a term that is applied to people who have not had formal legal education but who have amassed considerable on-the-job training as the result of their negative experiences with the law. Unfortunately, they usually know just enough to get themselves—and others—into trouble. Here are a number of legal myths [...]

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To the editor: This June a big summer storm caused widespread flooding , affecting interstate travel and damaging crops. The governor declared a state of emergency in 51 of the state’s 87 counties. Flooding is not new to Minnesota. But the increasing cost of the damage and the worsening severity of storms due to a [...]

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On Aug. 15 the Panama Canal (which greatly enhances maritime trade by providing a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans) celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening. The Tyree family has a multigenerational interest in this milestone. The U.S. Army generously sent my Tennessee plowboy father to the Panama Canal Zone in 1946. As [...]

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