Opinion

It began with an off-hand comment that I never expected to materialize into anything and led to one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. I had just started dating my now fiancee, Kristina, and we were in the “get to know each other” phase of the relationship. She mentioned to me […]

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Beware of holiday commercialism Black Friday is almost here, but it is no longer the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season. In its place is Thanksgiving Day, which once upon a time was about family and friends but now shares the stage with the opportunity to save 15 bucks on, well, anything. This year, many […]

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Here’s some good news, looking ahead to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature’s discussions about improving public schools. Two leading Minnesota Senate Democrats described several of their priorities as similar to those described last week by leading House Republicans. While this doesn’t ensure agreement, it’s encouraging that these leaders share some similar priorities. They include a review […]

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Some question why newspaper editorial boards bother to endorse candidates for office. In other words, why should newspaper editors tell their readers whom they should vote for? After listening to the wave of candidate advertising that distorts and sometimes lies about a candidate, I am more convinced than ever that newspapers should endorse candidates. All […]

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Contacted on Election Day, two key Minnesota House Republicans offered several priorities in education. Democrats are still the majority in the Minnesota Senate, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton was re-elected, but Republicans replaced DFLers as the majority in the Minnesota House.  The legislative process ultimately requires compromises between House, Senate and governor, so it’s likely […]

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One of the most important parts of a court proceeding involves someone who almost never says a word: the court reporter. Court reporters are professional employees of the court system who preserve a verbatim record of court proceedings. The word “verbatim” means, “word for word, letter for letter, line for line, literally, exactly, and precisely.” […]

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