Opinion

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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In the debate over the YMCA that’s raged at City Hall and in this newspaper over the last few months, there have been good points made on both sides. However, there is one claim that’s been thrown around that I have to take issue with, even as a recent transplant to this fine community: the […]

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Tell them what to do Recently Scandia sent a letter asking for input involving road improvements. Folks, it’s time to wake up and tell our ridiculous government what we want before another assessment is pushed down our throats. Most citizens live on roads maintained by Scandia, and I feel we all should contribute through the […]

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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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