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The big chew: Goats deployed to Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park to eat invasive shrubs
Minnesota roundup: Family of 4 found safe, but parents arrested; Biden to make campaign stop in northern Minnesota
Newport City Council rejects TIF vote, new vote set for Nov. 3
Newport City Council to fast-track Red Rock Village TIF district
Residents upset over BNSF parking lot plan
crime and courts
Volleyball: Park sweeps Highland Park to start section tournament
MN state parks to be free on day after Thanksgiving
NORTHLAND OUTDOORS: Meet a central Minnesota family whose made its living off wild rice for four generations
Football: Wolfpack rolls at North in regular season finale
Football: Royals upset Raptors in regular season finale
Crowd gathers to support Oktoberfest for Friends in Need Food Shelf
Bailey Nurseries chairman wins conservation award
Banking on Oktoberfest: Oct. 16 fundraiser in Cottage Grove helps Friends in Need Food Shelf's bottom line
Films in Five Festival gets "bigger and better"
Fans flock to Films in Five Festival in Cottage Grove
arts and entertainment
Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc vs Kritzky
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Forum Communications Co. editorial endorsement: This time for president, none of the above
Letter to the editor: Lewis not part of establishment
Letter to the editor: Schoen gets work done, gets results
Letter to the editor: Vote on the future of Newport
Letter to the editor: Vote Peterson, Schoen and Jurgens
Real Estate Showcase
April 14, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Talking to kids, controlling apps among ways to copy with cyberbullying
Jen Rockhill of the Youth Service Bureau, Cottage Grove police officer and school liaison Gail Griffith, and Cottage Grove Middle School Vice Principal Jason Schultz led a cyberbullying program last week.
April 14, 2013 - 12:58pm
April 7, 2013
Greg Galler Viewpoint: Who are these judges anyway?
"I've never met a judge before." When I hear that from folks I usually respond that it is probably a good thing; most people who meet a judge have had something go wrong in their life. While there are 4.5 million Minnesotans, only 289 are judges. As our work tends to be somewhat...
April 7, 2013 - 8:48am
April 6, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Get a jump on spring with seeds in snowbank
A year ago, a Washington County certified master gardener told me that I could grow bedding plants in a snowbank. This sounded crazy but I followed her directions, supplemented by information on the Internet, and it worked. It turned out that she was of sane mind, and by planting...
April 6, 2013 - 8:47am
March 30, 2013
Viewpoint: Importance of jury's work not overstated
I started the week wondering when I would go free. The jury summons had arrived in my mailbox several months earlier. I postponed the inevitable inconvenience twice, realizing all along I eventually would have to show up. Oh, sure, "it's your civic duty," but who wants a jury duty...
March 30, 2013 - 9:28am
March 24, 2013
Autumn Lehrke Viewpoint: Could bus rapid transit come to south Washington County?
he Red Rock Corridor is a 30-mile transit way that connects the southeast suburbs to the Twin Cities along U.S. Highway 61. In 2007, the Red Rock Corridor Commission completed an Alternatives Analysis that analyzed the potential transitway alternatives. At the end of that study, commuter...
March 24, 2013 - 3:55pm
March 23, 2013
Keith Jacobus Viewpoint: Transparency and the art of decision-making
The word transparency is one that has become synonymous with decision-making, strategic planning, budget development and management, business meetings and a host of other processes that we engage in every day as school administrators. I believe strongly in transparency as a method...
March 23, 2013 - 3:53pm
March 17, 2013
Angie Hong Viewpoint: Keep pharmaceuticals out of our water
Pity the poor minnows whose highest goal in life is to avoid being eaten. It's a hard enough task in and of itself, given that just about everything -- birds, fish, turtles and even garter snakes -- will eat minnows if they have the chance. When natural systems are out of balance,...
March 17, 2013 - 9:16am
March 16, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Give them what they want to read
The gap is closing now, but several years ago sixth-grade boys were as many as 12 points below the girls on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment reading tests. The gap continued into seventh grade. By the time both groups got to 10th grade, there was no difference. I wondered why.
March 16, 2013 - 9:13am
March 10, 2013
Greg Galler Viewpoint: Before spending money, spend time to make sure attorney hire is right fit
I have previously written about the work that attorneys do to help their clients. But how do you go about deciding which attorney to hire? Is the attorney who advertises on TV or has a flashy billboard the best? Or should you just pick one from the phone book and hope it works out? Lawyers...
March 10, 2013 - 2:52pm
March 9, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: In fifth grade, learning is fast-moving
When parents of today's fifth-graders were in elementary school, none of them had access to a home computer. As students for 50 years before them, except for overhead projectors, learning was pencil-paper-blackboard, not the computer SMART boards of today, but ones made of gray slate. Did...
March 9, 2013 - 2:49pm
March 3, 2013
Michelle Rageth Viewpoint: Minnesota FoodShare Month is big for food shelf
Exciting things are happening at the Friends in Need Food Shelf. March is Minnesota FoodShare Month. The money, toiletries and food that we receive during the month of March are partially matched by Minnesota FoodShare and the Feinstein Foundation. As most of you know, money is always...
March 3, 2013 - 2:16pm
March 2, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Whether 'Stitchers' or 'Knitwits,' it's a fun group
From knitting to counted cross-stitch and to Christmas fleece stockings, if they don't know how to do it, they teach each other. Jean Schmitz...
March 2, 2013 - 2:12pm
February 18, 2013
Keith Jacobus Viewpoint: The move from textbooks to technology is not a fad
Thirty years ago when I started teaching the newest technology available to us was the Apple IIe computer. I thought it was a marvel. We could enter our grades in a computer-based grade book, prepare word documents and use the early generations of a question bank for creating tests....
February 18, 2013 - 1:02pm
February 17, 2013
Judy Spooner Viewpoint: No waffling when it comes to recycling
"Did you throw the newspaper away?" asked husband Gary. I told him I put it in the recycle bin but offered to retrieve it. We have gotten a daily morning newspaper since the day we married. Gary, a St. Paul boy, wouldn't be without it. "I've tried to figure out how you know that...
February 17, 2013 - 1:01pm
February 16, 2013
Katie Sieben Viewpoint: Education funding, tax fairness are highlights of governor's budget plan
The budget debate kicked off at the Capitol last month with the release of Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal.
February 16, 2013 - 12:57pm