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In March, Gov. Mark Dayton told members of the ECM Editorial Board  that the problem-plagued rollout of MNsure, Minnesota’s new health care exchange, was the biggest disappointment of his first term. On April 30, a month after the first enrollment period had closed, the DFL governor boasted in his State of the State address that [...]

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Jeremy Miller As we enter the last few weeks of session, committee hearings are winding down and long floor sessions and conference committees are ramping up. We continue to hear and vote on final passage of stand alone and omnibus bills and are awaiting the unveiling of a 2014 Senate bonding bill, which I anticipate [...]

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Emily Bialkowski Managing Editor   The Caledonia School District’s mission is “To provide the best education to empower all learners to thrive in our changing world.” “Adaptability,” touched on in the latter part of the mission statement, is one of the district’s core values. My life over the last 22 months  – and perhaps longer [...]

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ECM Editorial Board The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act has been passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and is now state law. The act establishes structure and detailed definition of bullying behavior. “Bullying” means “intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive. . .” The act is specific in [...]

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Justin Zmyewski Houston County Board Commissioner These are Houston County financial facts from which you can draw  your own conclusion. Fact: Statewide county tax levies averaged a 1.5 percent increase for 2014. Houston County had a 3.52 percent ($385,000) tax increase for 2014. More than double the state average. Fact: The tax projection increase for [...]

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