This week at my job at a Twin Cities charter school, I was asked to review their new discipline policy. In accordance with the state of Minnesota, and also the school's own standards, the document stretched 17 pages addressing everything from what constitutes (and how to respond to) food fights, firearms, bullying, sexual harassment, improper dress, etc.
It's good to cover your bases. But I al...
January 29, 2015 - 8:12am
This Woman Writes
There are certain things one simply does not discuss in church circles, and I really don't mean sex, alcohol, the f-word, or thong underwear.
As in most marriages, money is a topic thatcausesa lot of angst and disagreement, and within esoteric church community, tithing -- loosely defined as giving 10 percent of one's income (gross or net?) to the church building one attends on a weekly basis -...
January 28, 2015 - 8:24pm
Healthy Thinking Minnesota
The world seems caught up in an endless cycle of attack and retribution. Whether on an intimate, national or global sectarian level, mankind seems hopelessly drawn toward answering violence with violence. But there is another way. My colleague from British Columbia, Anna Bowness-Park, explains how one young girl's example of forgiveness is having a powerful healing effect and leading us to peac...
January 28, 2015 - 1:43pm
Oh Look! A Shiny Thing
I wouldn't want kids to listen to Charli XCX's most recent album, "Sucker," but if you don't mind an F-bomb here or there, it's great stuff--punk-flavored, hard-edged pop with retro-80s styling.
Madonna might have sounded like this, if she was starting her career now and if she were starting with as much musical talent as she acquired over the years. It's aggressive, unapologetic pop, and ev...
January 22, 2015 - 10:30am
The Bridgehunter's Chronicles
Bridge collapses in Ohio- one dead, Bridge in Kansas City demolished, Two Arkansas bridges coming out, also one in Missouri.
Could we see a repeat of 2013? Judging by the number of bridges being demolished or being scheduled to be demolished, it seems that 2015 is reverting back to the days where the draconian mentality of replacing instead of fixing at the expense of tax payers is the norm....
January 20, 2015 - 2:48pm
The View From my Window
The truth is, life is easier when you dont care about sports.
This deep thought occurred to me Monday night as I finally admitted to myself that three minutes of game play was probably not enough time for the Oregon Ducks to make up their point deficit against Ohio State in the college football national championship game. It was painful to admit. But it was, sadly, true. Ultimately, the ga...
January 13, 2015 - 9:49am
Sense and Centsibility
Here we are, well into January now. Have you already fallen off the wagon with your resolve to stop eating so much or get more exercise? Dont give up for the year! Even if those resolutions didnt stick, theres no law that says you have to wait until January 1, 2016 to try another one. A
s our regular readers know, our bloggers are financial counselors by day. We are in the trenches with debt a...
January 13, 2015 - 8:35am
She didn't want to be weighed in front of her entire gym class, so 13-year-old Ireland Hobart Hoch said no. But instead of respect for her decision, what she got was a visit to the principal's office.
Her response to all the tsk-tsking, as reported in the Des Moines (Iowa) Register: "I really wasn't comfortable with anybody but my mom and doctor knowing my weight. For another person to know - ...
December 10, 2014 - 9:50am
Forum Communications Company
GRAND FORKS, N.D. Emmy Award winning Terry Dullum is set to retire after working at WDAZ Television for the past 39 years. He is best known for his work covering the Flood of 1997, for launching the 5pm newscast and for his fun and offbeat series, The Dullum File.
Terry Dullum will be greatly missed. Hes had a huge impact on our station and our community. We wish him only the very best. At ...
September 30, 2014 - 9:03am
The Attorney is In
I admit it: the Grinch was acquitted of stealing Christmas presents and it happened on my watch.
He didnt even have a defense attorney.
It was not my fault, my witnesses got confused. After all, they were only third graders, and they had not actually witnessed the theft.
You see, every year the County Attorneys Office partners with the Worthington Police Department to give local third grade ...
December 18, 2013 - 11:53pm
Twins Rubes: A Local Angle on the Minnesota Twins
Last night in Kansas City, Twins fans came 2 outs away from seeing something we haven't seen once this year from the starting rotation: a complete game shutout. In fact we haven't even witnessed a complete game yet, much less a shutout from a starter. Canadian Andrew Albers made his major league debut firing fastballs in at a high of 88.6 MPH, and dropping in curve balls as slow as 67.7 MPH. Ja...
August 07, 2013 - 12:10pm