Opinion

As a parent in the Anoka Hennepin School District I can tell you bullying is still a problem in our state and a big one in our district specifically. Just look at the 2013 Anoka Hennepin Anti Bullying Student Survey results conducted just this past December by our district. The numbers are heartbreaking. They surveyed 4,752 students and 1,568 reported being bullied in the past month; 2,946 students admit to seeing someone bully someone else with 760 of them saying they’ve seen it regularly or every day.

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Minnesota’s state one-act play competition generally doesn’t get the attention that some sports receive. But having watched plays, and been in a few, I’d say that drama is one of the most valuable things a youngster can do.

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A rain garden can capture rain that would otherwise flow down your lawn and driveway into streets and storm sewers, and use it to make your property more beautiful. It does this if it is located where rain can be directed into it, built so that it can temporarily hold the water (a rain garden is not a pond), and planted with appropriate plants to add beauty and attract birds, bees and butterflies.

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Yesterday was the first day of spring. I know, the ground is still covered with snow and we’re still layering on T-shirts and sweaters to brace against the chill, but truly it won’t be long before the grasses grow, the flowers bloom and outdoor play fills children’s days once again.

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This month marks the 101st year since the death of John Pierpont Morgan and recently the 2012 mini series “The Men Who Built America” was rerun. The series features a number of late 18th and early 20th century industrialists and financiers including Morgan.

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