Opinion

by Bill Blazar Special to Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune The Minnesota Chamber is pleased to announce Hiring Minnesota Heroes, our new program that encourages employers to develop and implement programs focused on hiring military veterans. We are ready to recruit employers, help them adopt veteran hiring goals, and then, most importantly, meet those goals. [...]

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by Mike Obermueller Special to Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune While many politicians have been fighting a 4-year-old battle over whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act, I’m running for Congress to rebuild the middle class and that means working to improve the ACA for the thousands of Minnesotans who depend on it. I’ve talked [...]

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More people are raising vegetables and growing flowers than ever, but the number of once-popular traditional garden clubs is fading, says Rene Lynch, president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota. She hopes a new variety of club using social media will continue to grow interest in what garden clubs used to do. Take the [...]

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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 students set goals, establishing routines, learning something yourself, talking positively [...]

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A five-point plan to close the high school graduation gap between white and and non-white high school students was unveiled Monday, Aug. 18, by Generation Next, a coalition of influential education, nonprofit, governmental and business leaders. This plan, which includes a surprising screening of 3-year-olds for health and emotional issues in selected Minneapolis and St. [...]

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by John Kline Special to Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune Around Minnesota teachers, parents, and students are preparing for a new school year. While the back-to-school season is a time of excitement and promise, it’s also a time when the difficulties confronting many classrooms come into sharp focus. As the representative of Minnesota’s 2nd District [...]

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