Opinion

Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes, even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to insure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits [...]

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Barrett complaint unfounded The Democrats’ recent attack on our state representative is outrageous. Many thousands of Chisago County residents are not buying the propaganda. We know Bob Barrett. Very few legislators do what he does. He works a full-time job in addition to serving us in the Minnesota House. He is an active member of [...]

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What should wise families, like careful coaches, help youngsters do to prepare for the upcoming school year? Forty-one district, charter and teacher union leaders recently responded to that question with specific, practical advice. Their suggestions tended to fall into three major areas: Re-establishing school year routines at least a few days before the first day [...]

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The Forest Lake Times allows each candidate running for a local office one free filing statement announcing his or her candidacy. The Forest Lake Times doesn’t solicit this announcement from the candidate; it’s up the candidate to submit their filing statement to the newspaper if they wish to do so. The announcement needs to be [...]

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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.” Many of us have experienced that scenario in our lives. [...]

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Scandia employee policy As a member of Scandia Fire and Rescue, I have heard all about the “perk” of allowing car washing for department members. I have served for about 24 years and maybe washed my car a handful of times. This “perk” is rarely used and a ridiculous topic for Scandia’s part-time leaders. There’s [...]

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