• By Hannah Broadbent
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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five U.S. adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime and 1 in 17 live with a serious mental illness. Having the appropriate facilities staffed with experts is critical to treat mental illness in our communit…

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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I had a friend who went through a difficult financial situation about three years ago after his wife became unemployed. Her unemployment and the financial pressure of providing for two small children led them to contemplate bankruptcy as way out of their circumstances. They faced this diffic…

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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My first months as Metropolitan Council Chair have been a bit of a whirlwind, including a seven-county tour that recently landed me in Carver County. The more I venture through the region, the more I appreciate the interaction between the Council and metro-area communities to accomplish grea…

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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It started in 1998 with this idea of having a “Wildcat Show Choir.” There were 24 singers with a small rhythm section. Nearly two decades later the wildly successful program, now known as “The Power Company Family of Show Choirs,” has grown to 180 students participating in one of three high …

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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Respect comes in many forms and gestures. But it should only be provided when it is earned. Failure to show respect for those who deserve it is agonizing to witness. It’s one of the reasons watching players take a knee during the national anthem has been so heartbreaking.

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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When I talk to people about Congress and Washington in general, I’m impressed by their hunger for bipartisanship. Americans of all stripes want members of the two parties to work together more.

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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After Peggy Hiestand-Harri’s mom retired, she planned to spend her time like a lot of Minnesotans do – with her kids and grandkids. And also like a lot of Minnesotans in their golden years, she got by on a fixed income.

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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President Donald Trump recently signed a Russian sanctions bill into law -- and in doing so, narrowly avoided an economic catastrophe. Thanks to modifications to the bill’s language by the House, Americans can rest easy knowing their economic future is protected.

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The new school year has started, placing renewed attention by the business community to attracting and retaining qualified employees. We view Minnesota’s talented workforce as the secret sauce that drives the economy. It’s at the foundation of making Minnesota ready for the future – ready fo…

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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The Minnesota Wild Hockey Team is starting a new tradition this year called, “This Is Our Ice.” On Saturday, Septemeber 16, the team invited Minnesotans from all over the state to collect up to three ounces of water from their favorite hockey rink, skating pond or lake. The water was filtere…

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been bad news to all in their paths. Lives have sadly been lost, houses demolished and personal items blown or washed away. Such horrific acts of nature remind us that we are all fragile and vulnerable. The right wind and rain can wash everything away includin…

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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Passionate responses from parents help explain why the number of Minnesota students attending charter public schools has grown from less than 100 in 1992 to more than 50,000 this year, the 25th anniversary of the first charter opening. Their views, plus constructive responses from some distr…

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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Minnesota families looking for something creative, challenging and fun for their youngster(s) have a free, terrific resource: this year’s edition of “Reach for the Stars.” This is a catalogue of, as the publishers put it, “More than 100 academic programs, challenges, competitions, events and…

  • By ECM Publishers
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In 2008, during the Great Recession, Minnesotans voted by a considerable margin to amend the state constitution to increase their taxes. The state sales tax was increased by three-eighths of one percent for 25 years with the increased revenue to be dedicated to four distinct purposes.

  • By Hannah Broadbent
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In 2008, during the Great Recession, Minnesotans voted by a considerable margin to amend the state constitution to increase their taxes. The state sales tax was increased by three-eighths of one percent for 25 years with the increased revenue to be dedicated to four distinct purposes.

  • By ECM Publishers
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This is the fourth installment in an editorial series called The Changing Face of Minnesota. This year, the ECM Publishers Editorial Board is examining demographic changes and disparities in Minnesota that center around race, wealth, age, region and employment.

  • By Jason Schmucker
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We welcome the recent public debate that has raised questions about the governance structure of the Metropolitan Council. We agree that membership through a partisan gubernatorial appointment process has led to suspicions and ever growing concerns with the lack of trust and credibility betwe…

  • By Sun Patriot
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The publication of Andrew Wakefield’s now debunked research that linked vaccinations as a cause for Autism Spectrum Disorder in 1998 brought with it a flurry of questions and inquiries into the safety of vaccines. Since then those questions regarding the link have been answered. There isn’t …

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No one who lives in a suburban community should be surprised that the residents of Forest Lake rose up this spring to keep their local, 25-member police force from being replaced by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

  • By Sun Patriot
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In 1955 the world was introduced to a wonder drug. It was touted as a miracle that would change peoples’ lives forever. This drug was called Thorazine and it is considered the first effective antipsychotic medication. It allowed psychotic behaviors to be somewhat managed by swallowing a pill.