ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The Timberlake Lodge ballroom in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, was filled to capacity recently with a rare assemblage of adults and teenagers, all engaged in candid conversations about whether the local community was delivering what kids really need to succeed. This was a truly unusual and ambitious undertaking and a big step forward for a very promising new rural community collaboration aimed at improvin... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Educators in the rural southern Minnesota towns of St. Clair and Spring Valley are delivering extraordinary value to their high-schoolers, and low-income students in particular, by offering special academies that provide advanced science and technology coursework, early college credits, and a faster track to postsecondary completion and good local jobs. Each of the small school districts serving those comm... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Just four days after an election routinely interpreted as disapproval of President Barack Obama and his policies, national headlines blared yet another report of robust job growth, and by at least one measure, the best in 20 years. The Associated Press reported that job growth in the United States has reached a level of consistency not seen in almost two decades. While voters indicated their discontent wit... Read More
(This is an open letter of congratulations and encouragement for all winners of elections in Minnesota on Nov. 4. It is informed by an analysis of broad public will, not just the likely 60 percent of eligible voters who will cast ballots on Tuesday.) Dear Winners: Congratulations on your undoubtedly well-deserved election, or re-election. Savor for a while this affirmation of esteem your community holds for you. You are by definition a leader... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Seated next to us at a breakfast banquet in a downtown St. Paul hotel was a smiling 22-year-old man from St. Paul’s East Side, who exuded confidence about his future and pride in his new career. Our table learned that he was actually working two jobs, and as he earnestly described the processes he was learning in the printing trade, it struck me that the real asset he would bring to his employers mig... Read More
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