Applications open for legislative page program

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High school juniors have an opportunity to spend a week at the Capitol as a legislative page. Applications for the page program are now open for the 2019 session with a Nov. 28 deadline. High school pages attend meetings with legislators, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary and others. Pages also assist members and staff during House floor sessions and

Social networks are publishers, not platforms

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When online message boards, chat rooms and discussion lists first appeared in the digital world, they were much different than today’s social media environment. In the 1990s, they were viewed as digital “bulletin boards,” much like physical bulletin boards, where contributors could post words and photos for public display. At the time, lawmakers, under pressure from free speech advocates, wrote

Aging Mastery classes taking place at Heritage Hall

Cori HilsgenNews, St. Joseph0 Comments

by Cori Hilsgen If you are age 50 and older and interested in participating in a fun educational behavior change incentive program for aging well, you have a chance to attend classes from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays at the Church of St. Joseph Catholic Church Heritage Hall in St. Joseph. Classes began in September, but are ongoing. During the

In search of DC friends, Trump needs a dog

Mike KnaakColumn, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

“If you want a friend in Washington,” Harry Truman once said, “get a dog.” Truman is one of my favorite presidents. He faced the more consequential challenges of the 20th century – dropping the first atomic bomb, desegregating the military, recognizing the state of Israel. And he did it with a no-nonsense attitude. If you visit Independence, Missouri, devote a

New measures making roads safer

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During the last few months, there have been several measures taken by the state of Minnesota and local police forces in an attempt to reduce driving accidents and make the roads safer for all drivers. There is the increasing prevalence of roundabouts and other better-designed intersections, the new hands-free law that took affect in August, and most recently, the blue

If the community is not about education, then what are we about?

Mike KnaakLetter to the Editor, Print Sartell - St. Stephen0 Comments

Joe Schulte, Sartell I would like to start this letter of support for a yes-vote on the operating levy by asking every community member this question – “If the ISD748 community is not about education, then what are we about?” You might answer, “We’re a mill town.”  Sadly I’d say, “…not any more.” Maybe you’d offer, “We’re a bedroom community.”