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An asylum, as it related to mental health, was a place of refuge, rather than treatment. Up until 1870 when the first state hospital was established in St. Peter to care for the insane, mentally ill people were the derelicts of society, shut up in homes, cast out on the streets or rotting in jails. ...Read More
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Great teachers naturally build positive relationships with their students. High expectations, rules and consequences that make sense help students become productive adults. Good parenting gets the ball rolling at a very early age. This appears to be another program coming down the pipe that will go ...Read More
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I wonder if Flora Southard and Alanson Aldrich had any inkling when they married in 1883 that their honeymoon trip to Anoka, Minnesota would last 33 years. Although Flora was of an average age when at 20 she married the 28-year-old doctor, there was nothing average about her. She was born in Westfor...Read More
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Everyday people are on the streets foraging for anything that could make their lives easier. According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, 610,000 people in the United States of America are homeless. Only 65 percent of the homeless people have a shelter to live in. About 700 h...Read More
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During a recent middle school visit, a student had very clearly articulated the feeling of making “high school and beyond” decisions during middle school. There were a number of head nods up and down and even a few “Oh, yeah’s” by several other students in the room, which ranged from grade...Read More
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The inscription on a large rock in the front yard of an old house on South Ferry Street in Anoka reads “Dr. A.W. Giddings settled here in the year 1854.” Dr. Aurora W. Giddings, Anoka’s first doctor, was born in Williamsfield, Ohio in 1830. After receiving his training in several eastern schoo...Read More
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It was quite a bipartisan celebration. From Brainerd, Crystal, Golden Valley, Forest Lake, Princeton and the Twin Cities, students and adults danced, sang and spoke at a meeting in St. Paul on Jan. 28 about the value of Minnesota’s various forms public school choice. The ceremony was part of Natio...Read More
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