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Even if they have a slight decline in the number of students served, most Minnesota districts and charter schools will be receiving more money per pupil in the coming school year. That’s one of the key lessons learned in talking with Tom Melcher, director of the Minnesota Department of Education’s finance division. Thanks go to [...]

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Dr. Budd Renier, MD Cambridge Medical Center Are concussions really more common than they used to be? Why have we seemed to hear more about them within the past few years? Is there really anything that can be done other than just waiting it out? These are questions that our concussion team hears many times [...]

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The Isanti County News allows each candidate running for a local office one free filing statement announcing their candidacy. The Isanti County News doesn’t solicit this announcement from the candidate; it’s up the candidate to submit their filing statement to the newspaper if they wish to do so. Filing statements from candidates who filed May [...]

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ven Quezada had several strong messages for about 4,000 educators recently gathered to discuss charter public schools. At a conference sponsored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, (http://www.publiccharters.org) Quezada began, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for recognizing that children learn in different ways.” Then he talked about himself: “I wasn’t one of [...]

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What’s in a name?   Chad Filley Guest Columnist There was a recent proposal made in the Minnesota Senate that Asian Carps should have their name changed it offends people of Asian descent. This particular fish was introduced to local waters three decades ago and has since become a threat to native species. One newly [...]

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Wayne Seiberlich Guest Writer If you ever take a drive through rural Isanti County, I recommend Hastings Street north of the Cambridge Lutheran Church. Beyond 357th Avenue and before County Road 6, lies a piece of Isanti County history that has all but been forgotten. As a deputy sheriff with the county, I have passed [...]

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Remember when WCCO Radio featured a spoof on “Minnesota Hospital” and boasted Minnesota was “a good state to get sick in”? Well, it turns out that by most measures, Minnesota is a good state to stay well in. According to a study by United Health Foundation, Minnesota ranks third by many measures. The latest indication [...]

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