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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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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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