Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to ensure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits and vegetables, specified calorie levels for each age grouping, and low fat milk. Federal funding of the free and reduced lunches for school districts is dependent on compliance.
I don’t have school-age children and I’ve spent very little time in stores or watching much TV over the past month, so I haven’t been inundated with the “must have” lists that I’m sure must drive many parents to distraction.
I feel privileged to be taking over as superintendent of the Anoka-Hennepin School District. As a student who attended school here from elementary through high school graduation, as a parent of three children attending schools in the district, and as a resident and taxpayer, I am committed to and invested in our students, schools and community.
Some years ago, we had a coupon book that offered, among other things, two meals for the price of one at the Ramblers Inn. I’d never heard of the place, and, according to the map, it appeared to be in a neighborhood where you wouldn’t expect to find businesses. In fact, I hadn’t known there was a neighborhood there at all, off Lexington Avenue, north of the Carlos Avery turnoff, nestled against the south shore of Coon Lake. Every time I’d been on Coon Lake, I’d gone in on the north side, at the public access off of Highway 22.
For quite some time now, I have observed the abuse of the purpose of the Letters to the Editor section of our local newspaper. It is being turned into a public forum for debate between certain individuals whose goal appears to be to argue with each other rather than address matters of broad public interest.
Here are two pieces of encouraging news about Minnesota’s public schools.
In September of 1913 an unusual convention was held in Anoka, one of the first of its kind in the country. Delegates from all the Anoka County townships met to discuss building a network of new highways throughout the county.