Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: On Aug. 3 I married Dean Schlaak, my partner of 13 years, with whom I own a business, home, three boxers and a cat. This Friday, Oct. 11, is National Coming Out Day. I understand what a young person who is gay is going through. Coming out is not easy. It is [...]

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My wish for the animals at Country Sun Farm. I love fall for the colors. I dread fall for the animals at Country Sun Farm on Minnesota 36 in Lake Elmo. Most days of the year, the small open forts enclosed by wire are empty. But come fall, they are filled with sheep and goats. [...]

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Gaining a quality education is important, but we are falling behind. A quality education is both the quantity of information you retain, and how well you understand it. U.S. students have more access to technology, but lack motivation. A quality education doesn’t require spending more time in school or more money. These factors are important, [...]

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The Independent School District 834’s “Bridge to Excellence” has this taxpayer asking a lot of questions about the five-year plan for our teachers and students. Our superintendent and elected school board has put together a 34-page “Strategic Plan” which can be found on the district’s web site. They outline a timetable of implementation for this [...]

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Bradley Castle was born in Stillwater in 1922. He moved to Seattle, Wash., where he taught biology at Queen Anne High School. When he retired he returned to Stillwater. I am proud to say I was one of his students at QAHS. “Mr. Castle” was not an ordinary teacher. He was brilliant and funny and [...]

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