Opinion

Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to ensure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits [...]

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More people in our communities are living longer. What are we going to do about them? This will be a central issue for community leaders as the baby boomers retire. We’re told they want to volunteer and get involved in the community where they’ve lived for many years. You can segregate them, put them in [...]

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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.” Many of us have experienced a similar scenario in our [...]

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by Jamal Abdulahi Special to Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune I had the great pleasure and experience of running for Rosemount City Council. I met many new people and had lots of meaningful conversations with residents about the future of our city.  I would like to share some of the things I learned. I learned [...]

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Here are two pieces of encouraging news about Minnesota’s public schools. First, the state teachers union has agreed on the potential value of yearly teacher evaluations. Second, a just-released report, “Quality Compensation,” encourages Minnesotans to build on success from a formerly controversial reform called Q Comp, which provided extra funds to districts and charters that [...]

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by Sal Mondelli Special to Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune The senseless murder of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick reminds us of how dangerous and uncertain a life in a law enforcement uniform can be. It is easy to take police officers for granted, to only see them for the uniforms they wear and [...]

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