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I was 14 years old in 1980 when John Anderson, an Illinois Congressman and independent candidate for president, visited my middle school. Bright-eyed and a bit naive, it was the first time I’d ever seen a politician — those men in suits on television — in real life.

The bedrock of a strong democracy is the act of voting. Each citizen has the awesome responsibility to cast their ballot to choose our leaders and to create a government for the people by the people. It is easy to not vote, but that only leads to an alienated, apathetic, uneducated and uninf…

We’ve been talking a lot about Vision 2031, our new vision. In 2031, our current kindergartners will graduate from high school. What will places of learning look, sound, and feel like in 2025, 2030, or even 2035? In Hopkins, we are determined to imagine our future, and then create it. Why ar…

The assignment for the fifth-graders at Excelsior Elementary School was a fun one, but somewhat complex: Build a machine, often referred to as a Rube Goldberg machine, that could transport a gift from Stuart Little, the talking mouse of book and movie fame, from one point to another.

In 2014, the Twin Cities saw the wettest first half of the year since modern day record keeping began in 1871. Coupled with a long winter and late snowmelt, this extreme precipitation led to record water levels and more than $1 million worth of erosion damage along the six main streams in th…

With the school year now officially underway, you’ve likely done everything you can to set your teen up for a successful year. Purchased all their school supplies? Check. Kept them on track with their grades and activities? Check. Scheduled conferences with their teachers? Check. But there’s…

We may be headed into fall colors, cooler weather and less daylight, but gardening doesn’t have to be all about preparing our garden beds for winter. There is still time to add native plants to your landscape to provide food and habitat for pollinators like bees and butterflies next spring a…

Our kids of all ages and all stages of development show up in our schools, streets and playing fields every day. Each of them a one-of-a-kind, unique-in-all-the-world, singular miracle of being and becoming. Any one of us who has ever loved any one of them has been privy to moments when the …

It’s not often you can look at a calendar and know without question exactly where one of your direct ancestors were, what they were doing, and who they with 165 years ago. You could do it if you had your ancestor’s diary, but absent that, it would be kind of tough. I can do it.

On Feb. 16, MinnPost writer Susan Perry wrote a very compelling article entitled “America’s appalling reality: We don’t care about our children.” As the CEO of Senior Community Services, a nonprofit exclusively serving older adults, I’d like to suggest another appalling reality: We don’t car…

It was just before Christmas that a massive overhaul of our nation’s tax code was passed into law. This reform plan, the first in over 30 years, is a major victory for our economy, our state and for the country. It will create more jobs, boost paychecks for employees, and put more money in p…

The so-called economic “recovery” since the Great Recession has not worked for many Americans. It certainly hasn’t worked for a lot of Minnesotans who have, or are at risk of having, a lower standard of living than their parents. Too many are living paycheck to paycheck and just feel like th…

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