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A recent report by Education Minnesota laid out teachers’ views of what it would take to fully fund public education. Gov. Tim Walz has put forward a school budget proposal that would provide significantly more funding for the next two years than provided in past years.

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Snow. I am tired of forecasting it, and I know you are tired of shoveling it. I actually crouched down and hugged my Toro snow blower earlier this week. I would have kissed it, but that might be a bit much. On March 1 last year, we had a high temperature of 41 degrees, and there was only 6 i…

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After more than a decade of service, we sold our minivan this week. So, some unlucky human has now inherited eleven years of snack debris. I try to soothe my guilt over this infraction by framing their misfortune as a surprise win – like the extra french fry you find the bottom of the bag. A…

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Amongst other things, my father is a singer and growing up he was frequently asked to perform at weddings and theme parties. Neil Diamond was his go-to and I remember a white pantsuit that made everyone equally festive and uncomfortable.

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Approximately sixteen years ago, with shaking hands, we buckled our moon-faced newborn into an infant car seat, and instantaneously questioned the integrity of plastic molding. Was it supposed to make that “click?” Do you hold in both buttons at the same time to adjust the handle? Is the str…

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In 2008, Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to protect and support clean water, healthy habitat, vibrant arts and culture, and beloved parks and trails. Over the past ten years, a sales tax increase of 0.375 percent has generated more than $2.5 billion, $860 m…

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My weekend is set! I have my big Groundhog Day party tomorrow in honor of Punxsutawney Phil. My gathering will be smaller than the one at Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania. Remember the old rule, if Phil casts a shadow we will have six more weeks of winter. If the clouds prevail, we will enjoy …

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Tickets for the following events are available online at stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org or at the door. Unless noted, all events are at The Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main St. N. in Stillwater. For more information, call 651-342-1542.

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Now that Gov. Tim Walz and the 2019 Legislature have begun work, we believe their agenda must include correcting a serious breach of constitutional authority that includes an ill-conceived financial scheme. This 2018 legislation thwarts the will of Minnesota voters and compounds the costs of…

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I don’t know about you, but I have accumulated a lot of stuff. Some of which I value, and some which just takes up space. It can feel overwhelming to look at all of it and make decisions as to its next home (or final resting place). I don’t like to send anything to the landfill if it may hav…

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As it spins through the galaxy in trajectory around the sun, the Earth leans on its axis, 23.5-degrees. That slightest lean means all the difference between warm summer days, sun on the back and toes in the soft, brown dirt – that and the cold bite of winter, frozen breathe before your face …

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As the administration of Gov. Tim Walz prepares to lead Minnesota for the next four years, the former congressman from Mankato will certainly face hurdles and challenges. One thing is certain for the new governor: Minnesota is much better off today than it was eight years ago.

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Our mother, Marguerite Rheinberger, loved everything about Christmas! When we were younger, it would not be unusual for her to remind us on the 24th day of some spring or summer month that Christmas Eve was only so many months away.

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They say that trees can speak to each other in a language we humans are too busy to hear and too self-absorbed to understand. Peter Wohlleben, a German forester who wrote the now famous book, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, has learned that trees in a forest a…

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There are four boxes of “Chicken in a Biskit” crackers individually wrapped under our Christmas Tree. Our cockapoo, Millie, lies in an exasperated heap below the branches, nose to the box, tail to the fireplace, desperate for the nod of approval needed to devour the gifts promising a roasted…

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Annually the high schools put on events or plays and invite fellow classmates and the public to come and enjoy their hard work. This has been a tradition that goes back more than a century, to a time when the junior class would put on an event for the seniors.

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Winters can be pretty painful to some. To others, it’s time to fire up the snowmobile, cruise the trails and hit some sweet jumps. But it’s not all fun in the snow. There’s a lot of risk. And if your protection plan only consists of a helmet and a fluorescent jacket, you could be in for an a…

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It’s holiday concert week, also known as “flood preparation week” at our home. From the depths of the closet, a pair of black polyester waders emerge for the big show. Despite months of friendly reminders, we wait until performance day, because, well, we appreciate the drama of a last-minute…

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Welcome to our second cloudiest month of the year. We just wrapped up the cloudiest in November. We only had two days last month that were classified as “clear” days. Cherish any day that features dominant sunshine, because they are rare this time of year.

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In the early days Stillwater was the starting point of pretty much everything in the area. When Minnesota became a territory in 1849, Stillwater had the second highest population and Minneapolis wasn’t even on the map.

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There is a glaring similarity between the 2018 campaign commercials and the heated conversations I have shared with my kids this month: name calling, finger pointing, and unbalanced budgets. There was some actual mud-slinging in early October which explains the absence of curtains in my mud …

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If you sit very quietly in the middle of a tamarack fen and close your eyes, you can hear a goose honking in the distance, a red-winged blackbird trilling from the cattails, and 24 little kids, desperately trying to be still.