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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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Here’s a suggestion for the summer. If you care about learning, teaching, schools or parenting, get a copy of “Teaching with Heart,” edited by educator Sam M. Intrator and writer Megan Scribner. The book has 90 brief, one-page essays by educators, explaining and describing a poem that has inspired them. The book contains some of [...]

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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. The announcement needs to be 300 words [...]

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Dr. Ray Queener, Superintendent Cambridge-Isanti Schools As I reflect on the end of my first year as Superintendent of District 911 Schools, I have been fortunate to become a part of such a wonderful community. This past Sunday the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2014 celebrated the educational attainments and bright futures of our [...]

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