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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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District 911 Schools Guest Commentary Superintendent Dr. Ray Queener says the Cambridge-Isanti School District is looking forward to advancing educational opportunities. It welcomes support for district initiatives to the advantage of all students and the community that supports District 911 Schools. “I have had the great opportunity to identify the many strengths of our organization [...]

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“Keep their minds and bodies engaged in wonder during the summer months when they are not attending school.” That’s what Julie Olson, director of elementary education for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools recommended last week. She was one of 39 education leaders who responded to my request for suggestions about what parents could do to [...]

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Dr. Mark Thayer, Regional Medical Director Director of Emergency Services, Cambridge Medical Center With the arrival of summer comes an increase in outdoor activities, which also means — more accidents. When accidents happen it is sometimes hard to know when to use the ER, versus when something might be more appropriately treated at a clinic. [...]

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