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Pastor Andy Romstad Cambridge Lutheran Church Christians often assume everybody else agrees with them about the bible. If only it were that easy. Lutherans don’t even agree about the bible. (There are 37 different Lutheran groups in the U.S.) There is little universal agreement about what the bible is, how to interpret it, what matters [...]

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By Gregory A. Winter, Superintendent Braham Area Schools We are almost a month into the new school year and we are seeing many this year’s programs having some significant success. With any initiative, such as our 1:1 initiative, it needs to develop as a process of immersion. We have cautiously entered into this initiative knowing [...]

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Isanti County Zoning Office Guest Commentary How clean is the water in your lake? How healthy is the Rum River? For the last two years, staff from Isanti County, Mille Lacs County and Anoka County, have been trying to get answers to those questions. Their efforts are part of a watershed study for the Rum [...]

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Wayne Seiberlich Braham resident I am writing to express my opinion regarding medicinal marijuana and what the proposal for the city of Cambridge seems to have meant. I have been an employee with a Sheriff’s Office for 12 years, the last four of which as the narcotics investigator. I have taken it upon myself through [...]

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Joe Nathan ECM Publishers Columnist Money was not mentioned by any of the more than 30 educators who responded to a question I asked about the first month of school. Each of them described the most important things that families can do in September. Everything they suggested is free: helping youngsters set goals, establishing routines, [...]

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Americans have complicated, conflicted feelings about how much to rely on statewide standardized tests, such as those whose scores were recently released. I think this year’s results suggest three changes. Minnesota should: Make much more use of highly successful schools. Share results sooner with teachers. Use a broader array of assessments. Results for schools and [...]

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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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