Parents embracing move to all-day kindergarten
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Parents embracing move to all-day kindergarten

Star Tribune | 1/18/2014

As Minnesota schools complete plans to offer all-day kindergarten in 2014-15, several Washington County area districts are keeping their doors open to possible half-day options.

Two districts, South Washington County and the White Bear Lake area schools, already have decided to give families access to a half-day program — as long as parents supply the rides home from school.

Barbara Brown, spokeswoman for the South Washington County School District, noted last week that most kindergartners are just 5 years old, after all, and some parents prefer having them at home. [Read More]

Editorial: Dayton gives water project a key assist

Worthington Daily Globe | 1/17/2014

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton presented a $986 million bonding proposal on Wednesday, and many Republicans promptly called it too expensive. There is little doubt, though, that our three southwest Minnesota lawmakers — District 22 Sen. Bill Weber, R-Luverne, District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne, and District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake — are all quite OK with at least $20 million of the governor’s plan.

By including the Lewis & Clark Rural Water Project in the bonding bill, Dayton demonstrated his willingness to address a critical Greater Minnesota need. [Read More]

January 21, 2014  |  News Alerts


Minnesota business owners most optimistic in the country

Minnesota Business Magazine | 1/17/2014

A recent study revealed that 94 percent of Minnesota business executives think their business will grow or stay the same in 2014. According to a study released by BMO Harris Bank, Minnesota business owners are some of the most optimistic people in the country when it comes to the future of the economy. [Read More]

Gov. Dayton at MLK Celebration Event

Dayton calls for honoring King by reaching out

Fairmont Sentinel | 1/21/2014

Inequality persists in American society, Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday, and he called on individuals to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by changing that.

Dayton spoke to about 800 people at a forum at the Minnesota History Center sponsored by the Council on Black Minnesotans, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

"We can choose a path of reaching out to those who are disadvantaged, who are cut off, who don't have hope and opportunity, or we can turn away in silence," Dayton said. "We can reach out to stand up against injustice and the violence and hatred that still infects our society, or we can turn away with indifference." [Read More]

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