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You may not know or care much about public notices, but you should. They are the legally required notices in newspapers and websites that identify government budget proposals, financial statements, minutes of meetings of the governing body, new ordinances and public hearing notices, some of which may result in a tax assessment to the befitting [...]

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Minnesota’s Department of Education recently made a major announcement about high school graduation rates increasing that left out something important. MDE materials distributed to the press did not mention that there was a major change in the high school graduation requirements between 2012 and 2013. Students hoping to graduate in spring 2012 were required to [...]

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Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa We are governors from neighboring states and different political parties. We don’t agree on everything, but we stand united in our belief that our nation needs a robust Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and together in our opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to weaken the RFS. [...]

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Dr. Ray Queener, superintendent Cambridge-Isanti Schools Just as important as knowing where we want District 911 to go is identifying how we will get there. This is what strategic planning does for organizations looking to act on their aspirations. This process is critical for the fulfillment of all educational initiatives and goals for our schools. [...]

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Chad Filley Guest Comedian  Columnist Life is constantly bombarded with warnings. Tornado Warning … Blizzard Warnings … Two-Minute Warnings… Many past warnings have left us fear-stricken, yet yielded little or no danger. For years Americans were told that Killer Bees would soon be invading creating horrific nightmares of Black and Yellow overrunning the land of [...]

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Principal Justin Sawyer Braham Area High School We have made it through what has been a very interesting January filled with cold weather and snow that has kept our students at home for a few days. We would like to thank all the parents for their flexibility. As the cold weather continues we would like [...]

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Dr. Ray Queener, superintendent Cambridge-Isanti Schools There is always a potential for severe weather warranting school closings during Minnesota winter months.  While this winter has been unique with severely cold temperatures affecting every school throughout the state, the decision to close or delay school is never easy. One question that many people have is: How [...]

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