ECM Editorial Board

If one could wave a magic wand and reduce the number of tobacco smokers by more than 10 percent, the percentage of adult alcoholics by 12 percent, the percentage of those suffering from chronic depression by more than half, most people would do so.

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After helping serve breakfast to some Coon Rapids elementary school youngsters on Wednesday morning, June 4, Gov. Mark Dayton, with a trusty walking cane at his side, stopped by the corporate offices of ECM Publishers to talk issues with the ECM Editorial Board.

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Tanner James Pap of Lino Lakes was hoping to counsel others on the dangers of drug abuse. Instead, he died from a heroin overdose as a student at the University of Minnesota in 2012. He was 21. Nick Moore of Fridley, a 25-year-old bioengineering student at the University of Minnesota, died of a heroin overdose [...]

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In March, Gov. Mark Dayton told members of the ECM Editorial Board that the problem-plagued rollout of MNsure, Minnesota’s new health care exchange, was the biggest disappointment of his first term. On April 30, a month after the first enrollment period had closed, the DFL governor boasted in his State of the State address that more than 206,000 people have obtained affordable coverage through the exchange.

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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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