Opinion

Gov. Mark Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius have listened to many parents, educators and advocacy groups. Although I hope legislators will make a few changes in their proposals, the governor’s proposed education budget reflects many suggestions from local and state education leaders described in last week’s column. Proposed increases of more than $600 million [...]

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We might have witnessed a generational sea change the other night at the Golden Globe Awards. Talking about when creator, writer and breakthrough star of HBO’s “Girls,” Lena Dunham, teetered up to the stage on what appeared to be hockey skates sporting a minor array of tattoos leaking out of her ball gown in front [...]

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H a, now this is winter. Bitter cold, stinging winds and a plethora of frozen boogers among other things. It was only what, a week ago, that all those California newscast videos went viral complaining, shivering and downright panicking about those “freezing 50-degree temperatures.” Babies? Oh yeah. There were still people outside “ ’round these [...]

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Happy tax-hike everyone. Sure is a good thing we didn’t fall off that cliff, no sir. Because, wait, wasn’t that going to raise our taxes too? I’m confused? Which way were we supposed to go to avoid middle-class tax hikes? I don’t know. This is why I don’t like politics, because no matter what you [...]

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Mankato State University alumni, let’s unite. I’m an alumnus of Minnesota State University Mankato, class of 1955, and like you, I’ve been reading about the case of Todd Hoffner, the head football coach who has been acquitted of all charges involving child pornography. Hoffner’s reputation as a husband, father and football coach has been damaged [...]

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Startling, stunning and shocking are three words I heard constantly as Minnesotans discuss a new federal report showing the state tied with several other states, at 29th in the United States for high school graduation. Minnesota’s overall rate was 77 percent. Iowa ranked first with 88 percent, and Wisconsin and Vermont tied for second at 87 [...]

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