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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 are …

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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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Poetry is the study of how people can use language to dictate our emotions – or, sometimes, the attempts to escape our emotions. Many books of poetry are small. They need to be, because they usually are attacking something deep inside us that makes us human, whatever that may be, and time is…

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Legends, myths, and epics of coming home from war is the theme for this year’s World Storytelling Day on March 20 at Landmark Center in St. Paul. Three of the storytellers, myself as host and organizer, as well as Derek-Anders Turner and Elaine Wynne, live in Golden Valley.

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Let’s face it, we live in a litigious society. Whether it’s coffee that’s too hot, Google maps giving wrong directions, or Universal Studios’ “scariest experience you’ll ever have at a theme park” being too scary, some people sue at the drop of a hat and accept little personal responsibility…

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Back in my working days, I really enjoyed my commitments as a full-time editor and manager. However, I also inherited the role of part-time office mom. I will confess that was not my favorite. I hated being the nagging voice about office etiquette, but sometimes it had to be done.

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After her fourth major back surgery and enough chronic pain to fell an elephant, it would have been easy for my wife to succumb to the preferred route of treatment: prescription painkillers. 

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The commemoration of Black History Month in February has deep roots here in Golden Valley and offers a reminder of how the community has been impacted by racism and how it has striven to overcome that scourge.

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Recently, I shared the results of a 2017 Economic Contribution report that quantified gross changes in Minnesota’s economy that can be attributed to the 37 colleges and universities that make up Minnesota State – $8 billion to be exact. The report illustrates how collectively we play an impo…

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Black History Month is here! I am proud to share black authors that we should all know and read. From new and upcoming authors to authors who’ve made their mark in the writing world long ago, the Brookdale library is happy to celebrate Black History Month and to share some of our favorite bl…

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The Golden Valley City Council has identified joining the growing movement to ban the sale of tobacco products to those under 21 years old as a priority for 2019, and Robbinsdale has indicated the municipality may also jump on the burgeoning bandwagon, it’s time to consider the legality of t…

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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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It’s January - a New Year, a new beginning, a new you! At least that is what many of us aim for. If you are like me, every January you make a New Year’s resolution, whether that is to get in better shape, to be happier or to be more productive, the possibilities are endless! This year I’m re…

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Minnesotans rely on a crucial tool in clearing their roads: salt. Because the freezing point of salty water is a lower temperature than pure water, scattering salt on ice or snow accelerates the melting process to make roads safer. It’s estimated that more than 22 million tons of salt are sc…

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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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A few months back, I was writing about fall fashion trends. According to Harper’s Bazaar, classic patterns such as herringbone and houndstooth were in. They even anticipated a return to 1980s fashion, with lots of leather and padded shoulders. While I have seen some thigh-high boots as they …

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Produce, protect, prepare. That is a simple trajectory many of us subconsciously follow in life. Our jobs allow us to be part of something that creates a product or a service, which in turn pays us a wage to sustain our way of life, protect our families and set us on a course of preparation …

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Trust is a powerful thing. Think about how many times a day you trust someone – many times a person you’ve never met – to protect you and keep you safe.

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When knee-high bushes that line the sidewalk to our home go up in flames, I’m blaming the Chinese.

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This month two men who changed the world for millions died within one sunset of each other: Stan Lee, the superhero creator, and Minnesota’s Richard Proudfit, the champion of malnourished children.

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November is here, and it’s Native American Heritage month! We are lucky here in Minnesota to have many Native American authors and a vibrant history. We have places like the Minneapolis American Indian Cultural Corridor, host of many Indigenous businesses and learning institutions. We have a…

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On Nov. 6, the residents of Brooklyn park have an opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” to allow the city to issue up to $26 million in bonds for park and natural resource reinvestments and improvements.

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Election Day 2018 is almost here. Hallelujah — the shouting, name-calling and the maddening “I’m so-and-so and I approved this message” will cease. I will gladly welcome back the commercials for pharmaceuticals and their endless list of potential side effects. We can again become Facebook fr…