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As a former public school teacher and a dad, the back-to-school season is a meaningful time of year for me. This year, it’s also full of change. My daughter, Hope, starts her first year of college at the University of Minnesota, and my son, Gus, heads back to middle school. This will also be…

Back in “the day,” servers at restaurants made enough money to survive on their wage. Not only could they survive, but many people could afford to have kids, pets and a home of their own. Tipping 10 percent, or even $1 per person dining was acceptable. Servers didn’t need more than that. Unf…

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…

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…

May 30, 1868 was the first official Decoration Day. The day was declared by General John A. Logan and observed at Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers that day decorated the graves of more the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

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…

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…

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…

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. 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…

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