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District 833 School Board Viewpoint: Clarification around teacher contract negotiations
Letter to the editor: Night to Unite, help make our communities safe
Viewpoint: County attorneys face wide-ranging work
Viewpoint: Protecting the water we drink
Bulletin editorial: District 833 School Board's pay increase to superintendent was ill-timed
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June 16, 2013
Dan Schoen Viewpoint: DFL delivered fairness, progress, transparency
I have great respect for my colleague, Rep. Denny McNamara, but the viewpoint he wrote for this newspaper ("'Tax the rich' means 'tax everyone,'" May 15) jumped the gun. The tax bill he criticized was still in the formative stage, and one of the things I learned is legislation is...
June 16, 2013 - 7:58am
June 15, 2013
Myron Bailey Viewpoint: River Oaks is important community amenity
A Bulletin story published on May 29 ("River Oaks finances in the rough") may have raised some questions about the future of the River Oaks Golf Course in that we are currently conducting a review of our business operations. River Oaks is a highly rated and respected operation offering...
June 15, 2013 - 7:50am
June 13, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: There are unexpected turns in search for perfect Strawberry Fest Top Chef Contest dish
This time of the year, our daughter Margie is submerged in all things strawberry as all local cooks should be doing to get ready for the Top Chef Contest during Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest. The best part of the contest is at the end when everyone in the audience is invited to taste...
June 13, 2013 - 8:45am
June 9, 2013
Katie Sieben Viewpoint: A balanced budget with a lasting impact
The 2013 legislative session wrapped up on time last month with the passage of a balanced budget package that responsibly erases the state's $627 million deficit and makes long-overdue investments in education, job growth and stronger communities. After a decade of near-constant...
June 9, 2013 - 8:57am
June 2, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Prepare for the memorable and the unexpected when planning vacation
When asked what they remember from a vacation, most people recall a humorous story or something that went wrong. Although you loved the Rocky Mountains or that Broadway show, at the top of your list will be the time you had a flat tire and ended up having a wonderful meal at an out-of-the-way...
June 2, 2013 - 1:32pm
June 1, 2013
James Neuenfeldt Viewpoint: Make this summer a safe one
Hopefully, the summer season is finally here. This means you can open your windows, let some fresh air in, do some yard work, enjoy walks, bike riding, and enjoy many other outdoor activities. The kids are out of school which means more outside activities and more free time for them...
June 1, 2013 - 1:30pm
May 26, 2013
Cottage Grove resident writes Memorial Day poem
Memorial Day poem As we gather here today To pray our special way Let us forever remember What our heroes had to pay Most of them were very young Who gave to us their all With dreams and hopes of future days As their loved ones still recall But they fell upon the...
May 26, 2013 - 4:12pm
May 25, 2013
Keith Jacobus Viewpoint: Get to know some of our all-star staff
Last month, the community had the opportunity to hear a few of the many student success stories that are being acknowledged across the district. Our staff also has many reasons to be proud this time of the year. The stories of special staff come alive at our annual employee celebration...
May 25, 2013 - 4:10pm
May 19, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Not just history, but the stories that go with it
Listening to a talk given by Robert Vogel, who has a treasure trove of knowledge about south Washington County, is like meeting someone who's interesting at a party. Whether he's talking to one person or 20, he communicates an intimate view of history. It's as if he's telling you...
May 19, 2013 - 3:26pm
May 18, 2013
Denny McNamara Viewpoint: 'Tax the rich' means 'tax everyone'
As the 2013 session nears completion, I am becoming more and more disappointed with the number of taxes and fees legislative Democrats are choosing to raise on all hard-working taxpayers. They told us they were going to "tax the rich," so none of us were all that surprised when they...
May 18, 2013 - 3:24pm
May 12, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Cookbooks are links to food history
Green bean casserole is not a relic of your great-great-great-grandmother's era. It was first served in the 1950s, as part of a group of recipes that makers of canned soup came up with to expand sales. The Cottage Grove Advisory Commission on Historic Preservation is gathering recipes...
May 12, 2013 - 10:37am
May 11, 2013
Commentary: Good luck trying to follow the Legislature
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's Legislature is tough to comprehend. Just ask some freshmen Democratic senators who recently became confused as green "yes" and red "no" vote lights began flashing on giant tally boards on either side of the Senate chamber when their tax bill vote was being...
May 11, 2013 - 10:47am
May 5, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Local trivia test trips up volunteers
"I'll take Cottage Grove trivia for $200, Ryan," would have been a good statement to pose to Cottage Grove City Administrator Ryan Schroeder at last week's annual dinner the city hosts to honor and thank members of city commissions and a gaggle of people, including the Holiday Train...
May 5, 2013 - 9:31am
April 26, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Spring cleaning that helps your neighbors
It doesn't really feel like spring but it is, according to the calendar. That means you should be doing some spring cleaning. Get out those big black plastic bags and fill them with clothes you don't wear. You might wonder why I'm concerned about your spring cleaning. I have an ulterior...
April 26, 2013 - 9:32am
April 21, 2013
Keith Jacobus Viewpoint: Many impressive student accomplishments worth notice
As we contemplate spring and dream of warm summer days, we have been working through a number of difficult issues that impact our budget and future programming within the district. While our focus has been on these important decisions, we continue to see wonderful successes in our...
April 21, 2013 - 9:47am