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By Chad Filley, Guest Columnist My summer officially kicked-off when my wife (Jane) entered our Pug/Bulldog designer dog, Antonio, and yours truly in a look-a-like contest. I agreed to go along with the farce to both humor my wife and because it was for charity, but then the strangest thing happened … We won. That’s right, my [...]

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Chief Deputy Chris Caulk, Isanti County Sheriff’s Office My younger brother lives in Mesa, Arizona, so of course the only ice he is used to is the ice in his ice tea.  I guess when you live in a region that at best sees a frost in the winter I can understand how he thinks it [...]

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Charlie Burroughs, Principal Cambridge Middle School Has your student ever come home and talked to you about rigor and relevance? Have you heard the term Quadrant D used at any time by your student? Did you ever wonder just what he/she was talking about? Has it been confusing and hard for you to understand? In [...]

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Kathleen J. McCully, Executive Director Isanti Co. Historical Society I looked at my calendar the other day and realized that it has been about 13 weeks since my last update. Since that time here is what ICHS has been doing—in July we finalized plans and started the bidding process for the rebuild, and then attended the [...]

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Don Heinzman ECM Columnist Some experts are calling the increase in the use of the drug heroin an epidemic, and are urging community leaders, parents and schools to act on this problem. Last year in Hennepin and Ramsey counties alone, 120 people died after using heroin and other opiates. In Mille Lacs County, four persons [...]

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Joe Nathan ECM Contributing Writer Potentially misleading, probably more reasonable and hopefully, helpful. That’s how families may view a new system of accountability that was just released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). 1. Confusing. Why won’t you find some of Minnesota’s highest performing Schools in the 125 top ranked “reward” list of schools [...]

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Chad Filley Guest Columnist Without fans there would be no show business. If an entertainer becomes big enough, he or she will amass large numbers of fans. Somewhere along the line, performers occasionally get an obsessed fan that crosses an imaginary line into the realm of stalking. There are many documented cases of stalker going [...]

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