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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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Tim Penny SMIF President/CEO Too often communities focus on what they don’t have. And it is true that many community leaders struggle due to insufficient funding, limited resources and inadequate infrastructure. But it is also true that if communities were to dwell only on these deficits, it’s likely nothing would ever get done. This is [...]

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Keith Anderson Director of News You may not know or care much about public notices, but you should. They are the legally required notices in newspapers and websites that identify government budget proposals, financial statements, minutes of meetings of the governing body, new ordinances and public hearing notices, some of which may result in a [...]

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