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Once you read this story, you’ll never shake a little baby violently. Tami Revering, of Coon Rapids, is paying the price for shaking the 4-month-old son of her best friend in an uncontrollable moment three years ago, she told ABC Newspapers staff writer Olivia Koester. What’s more, Revering is willing to share her story of [...]

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Fortunately legislators mostly listened to community leaders and students like Sam Petrov, Cherish Kovach, Kelly Charpentier-Berg and Aaliyah Hodge as they considered Minnesota’s pioneering Postsecondary Enrollment Options law. After months of debate, and on a bipartisan basis, legislators agreed with students and many community and business groups that families and students need more, and more [...]

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Lucinda Jesson & Glenace Edwall Minnesota Department of Human Services As May is celebrated as Mental Health Month this year, Minnesota is marking the 25th anniversary of the Comprehensive Children’s Mental Health Act, one of the earliest and most comprehensive pieces of mental health legislation in the nation. The 1989 Legislature recognized the unique needs [...]

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Ever wonder about the financial details of a government contract with a private business? You know, the details that force you to foot the bill for the project as a taxpayer? And what about the trickle down factor when the main contractor hires sub-contractors for major components of the job? Might you also be interested [...]

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Pat Braun, Area Supervisor Catholic Charities, Central MN Foster Grandparent Program Every day, around the country, seniors are making a difference in their local communities, volunteering in schools, assisting with disaster relief, helping frail elders with daily tasks, and much more. These volunteers, members of Senior Corps, are truly Making a Difference for Generations. Their [...]

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Sue Abderholden, Executive Director National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota As we finally emerge from the cold dark winter our thoughts turn to spring — and green. Not the green from our grass or the leaves on the tree, but to mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and green is the color [...]

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With election season among us, and the candidate filing period opening May 20 for many local races, we feel it is a good time to let our local candidates and our readers know how we plan on handling this season’s election coverage. ECM Publishers, Inc., the parent company of this newspaper, believes coverage of elections [...]

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