Gerrymandering erodes our democracy

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Gerrymandering is not exactly a household word. It ought to be; it undermines our democracy. The cartoon character, Pogo, had it right years ago when he said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Volume I of the Mueller Report details the alarming extent of Russian interference in our electoral process. The meddling has yet to be addressed

School test scores provide a tool to close performance gaps

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For those of you who like to keep score, the latest test results for Minnesota’s schools were released last week. Called the Minnesota Report Card from the state Department of Education, the scores measure the performance of the state’s 890,000 students based on five indicators – achievement and progress on state reading and math tests over time, progress toward English

Photographer Crouser captures a traditional lifestyle with traditional tools

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Making a photograph these days takes nothing more than clicking a smartphone button. No need to worry about f/stops, shutter speeds or lens selection. Not to mention developing film and using an enlarger to make a print. Of course the high technology that allows every person to make a photo does not guarantee the person pushing the button is truly

Republicans need to be part of the gun safety solution

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89, 89, 77, 67, 65. What do these numbers have in common? They represent the percentage of Americans who favor various gun-safety measures. But from St. Paul to Washington, D.C., none of them have become law. 89: The percent of people who favor universal background checks on sales. 89: The percent of people who favor extreme protection orders, better known

Some schools die of old age, others burst with students

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What’s the life expectancy of a new high school? How long into the future will it adequately serve students? With two new high schools opening in Central Minnesota this fall, students, parents and teachers will experience the unique beginning of new places to learn. The Sartell-St. Stephen school district opens a new school on Pinecone Road. It replaces a relatively