Opinion

Growing up as a first-born of three, I was a bossy, know-it-all, care giving, overprotective, overly-cautious, obsessively worrying, yet aggressive and fearless leader. And all I wanted to do was be a mom. Although as a 9-year-old the idea of motherhood seemed a pipe dream, I felt called to it. Making my sisters’ beds for […]

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“These teachers have dedicated their lives to serving students and been recognized for outstanding work. As we examine how to improve public policy, it’s important to hear from some of the best of the best. We need to learn from their success.” That’s how state Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, explained a recent hearing he convened […]

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For a number of years I have been observing the fact that female students are outperforming male students by significant numbers. A few years ago, while still the superintendent in the South Washington County Schools, I wrote an article for the local newspaper entitled, “Where Are The Boys?” At that time it was very apparent […]

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Let it be known that I did not go out on the new Brown’s Creek Trail before it was officially open even though I really, really wanted to. As soon as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced a “soft opening” last week, however, I was literally ready to roll. A short section of the […]

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To the editor: What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? Many people confuse the two. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who […]

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