Opinion

It’s always interesting having conversations with members of our community about the services our school district provides. I love seeing the surprised look on their faces when I mention that our school district’s mission is not, in fact, to serve students in kindergarten through grade 12 but to serve students from birth until age 21.

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Have you ever thought about the unique importance of serving on a jury? Citizens, as jurors, voluntarily give their time and effort on behalf of this fundamental right. Jurors serve as neutral judges of the facts and as the conscience of the community for the cases that they hear.

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The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act has been passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and is now state law. The act establishes structure and detailed definition of bullying behavior. “Bullying” means “intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive. . .”

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