The Southwest Light Rail project, if built, will be the state’s most costly public works project ever. For around $1.4 billion, 15 miles of light rail track, tunnels, stations and bridges will be constructed across the southwest Twin Cities metropolitan area, from Minneapolis, through St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Minnetonka, ending in Eden Prairie. Countless [...]
ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers, Inc. Football season is here. High school teams are doing two-a-day practices. Monday morning quarterbacks are replaying, analyzing and criticizing Vikings games. Fans are making sure they have the latest fashions in purple and white, or maroon and gold. Fantasy football players are studying every statistic. Our state’s leaders have [...]
ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers, Inc. As parents prepare to send their youngsters back to school this fall, shootings in schools may have them wondering if Minnesota school buildings are safe? Those in the know say school buildings are very safe, but while there are crisis plans in place in most buildings, there’s no [...]
ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers, Inc. Housing prices are up 17.5 percent. Home sales are up 5.6 percent. Consumer spending is up. Americans are buying appliances at mid-2007 levels. The downside? Consumer debt has jumped 8.3 percent. Could Americans’ pent-up desire to spend money backfire, putting our economic recovery in reverse? Financial gurus urge us [...]
ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers, Inc. It is painfully obvious that too many elected officials in Washington, D.C. have lost touch with the struggling people of this nation. This was demonstrated recently when House leaders proposed a Farm Bill that would have cut aid to food stamp (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients by a whopping [...]
A lot of focus has been put on elementary education to make sure kids have a solid foundation for learning.