The first year of college can be challenging for many students. The transition from high school to college can be daunting to some students. It’s a new routine with different expectations. It might possibly be a new environment in a different state.
It is without question that our individual liberties have been slowly eroding away for generations. We as a nation and as a people have gradually accepted, tolerated and some of us even embraced the same type of tyranny our ancestors fought against during the Revolutionary War.
When there’s good news to be shared, we collaborate. When a reporter has a question about a story, needs information verified or requests a comment for a story, we respond. However, most recently, we did not receive the same opportunity as we have in the past. We want to be treated in a fair…
After 68 years in existence, the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission has been under attack by the Shakopee City Council since its December meeting.
The science is clear: Carbon emissions sent into the atmosphere from a variety of human sources threaten to upend our economy, our health, our national security and our very way of life.
I agree with Drew Johnson (“Electric vehicle subsidies don’t help the environment”) that government subsidies may not be the best way to encourage progress. And that “Any CO2 emissions reduction... is welcome.”
You’ve been hearing about them for years. Many people are saying electric vehicles are the future. Nearly every major manufacturer either has at least one electric model available or has made an announcement about producing one or more in the near future. If you’re thinking about purchasing …
Our community is a strong supporter of our schools. As school board members, we’ve seen this support in many ways. We have a strong volunteer program. We have community members and parents who serve on committees and councils. We have huge participation at our fine arts and sporting events. …
Hot take: I love mathematics. From basic addition to multivariable calculus, learning and discovering the intricacies of how math works is absolutely fascinating. My late grandmother was a mathematics professor in Turkey, and so I was taught to admire and respect numbers from a young age. No…
I’m writing our neighbors here in Shakopee to alert everyone about the insane moves by Brad Tabke since he was elected to the Legislature.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The purpose of the month is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness. Through research, it is known that mental illnesses come from genetic, biological, psychological and/or environmental factors. It is not a personal choice or a charac…
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is actually correct, but deceptive, when he says Minnesota lags behind other states in doing what is necessary to protect elections. Forty-seven other states have what Minnesota does not: provisional ballots.
I’ve learned the lessons of depression the hard way. It’s something I experienced first in my late teens and then again in my 30s.
Air is all around us. We feel this air in everything we do, and it’s moving right now through your nose, into your lungs and back out. This air makes up the skin of our planet. Our planet’s skin is thinner comparatively than the skin of an apple. From your backyard, it may look infinite, but…
At a recent rally on the steps of the state capitol, dozens of Minnesotans braved freezing winter temperatures to speak out for themselves and for the millions of other Americans with diabetes who find themselves in a life-and-death struggle to afford insulin, the only medicine that keeps th…
On March 28, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to approve additional funding for the state’s disaster contingency account. This account is critical to making it possible for the state to act quickly when natural disasters strike — providing aid to local communities in the event of…
Tonight, I had the opportunity to watch something rather wonderful. I wasn’t alone, we all viewed what represents the identity of who we are, how we represent, what is truly special about our school district.
Being a newer resident to Shakopee I wasn’t here to vote for our state representative last November. Frankly I was completely unaware as to what type of person Representative Tabke was.
I have seen some government officials fighting President Trump on border security and I didn’t understand why right away. Now the blurry southern border is starting to make sense to me. I know Congress voted on border security for the last three presidents. They are all on video also saying …
Nearly 200 scientific organizations and national academies of science acknowledge the climate is changing, that humans are responsible and that some form of action should be taken to address the risks to people and the planet, by NASA’s count.
Gov. Tim Walz recently released a two-year budget proposal that reflects the message he carried throughout his campaign: We are One Minnesota and no matter where they live, everyone should have access to opportunities to build a better life for their families.
Last week, the Education Finance Committee took a road trip to Windom High School for an official field hearing.
The Star Tribune recently ran an opinion piece by James Lefestey, who advocated for an increase in the gas tax to finance infrastructure improvements and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but cautioned lawmakers to keep rural Minnesotans in mind when crafting this policy.
As the director of The Food Group, a regional nonprofit that partners with 170 food shelves and meal programs across Minnesota and Wisconsin, the new year usually offers me a prompt to look brightly at the year ahead. The darkest days are behind us and the lightest are yet to come. It is har…
As the new year begins, I look forward to another legislative session in St. Paul. The 2019 legislative session brings many changes and new faces to the state capitol.
R ecently, the world learned yet again that inadequate investment in infrastructure — roads, bridges, tunnels, and railways — can have tragic consequences.
I was first introduced to the Saber Showcase in ninth grade, after I spent nearly a month preparing my presentation on the reverse engineering of a staple gun.
My wife and I live in Prior La ke with our two wonderful daughters. Our youngest is in middle school and our oldest in high school. Their future is incredibly important to me. I don’t know how many children you have or how old they are. I know this: The time is at hand to enact national poli…
There are many faces of mental illness. People with mental illness are our neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members.
There are many faces of mental illness. People with mental illness are our neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members. It is a brain disease, an imbalance in the brain’s chemistry. Furthermore, mental illness doesn’t discriminate on the bases of age, ethnicity or gender. Mental illnes…
While I can appreciate the Sept. 20 article by city Administrator Bill Reynolds named “TIF: Fact vs Fiction,” this topic requires a broader scope and explanation.
As a relatively new resident of Shakopee, there are many beautiful sites and locations I have found. The accessible parks are great for my kids, the riverfront area is a lovely place to take a stroll, and the downtown area is as exciting as it is welcoming.
After reading City Administrator Bill Reynolds' opinion piece last week entitled "TIF: Separating fact from fiction," I was compelled to write a response to correct some factual inaccuracies in the article. I have a background in real estate and general contracting having previously held sta…
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