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Given the almost singular focus on PolyMet Mining’s proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes in this fall’s political races, one might believe that the region’s economic future somehow … more
Can school districts spend tens of thousands, or even millions, of taxpayer dollars on Vote Yes campaigns intended to mislead voters about the costs and benefits of referenda? According to State … more
The director of the state’s Pollution Control Agency had encouraging news for area cities that operate wastewater treatment facilities. For the past few years, some officials in our area have … more
Tourism in the region remained strong in spite of a late ice-out, a cool, rainy summer and a still recovering economy. As an industry, it may be the region’s most recession-proof and it poses the … more
Would you be willing to pay more taxes to keep a nursing home in your community? That question is being asked in more communities as state reimbursements fail to keep pace with the costs of caring … more
In 25 years of publishing a community newspaper, those of us who put out the Timberjay week after week have learned a number of lessons. One of the most important is: never burn your bridges. We all … more
It’s that time of year again that the results of the annual Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or MCAs, make the news. As always, we report the results (which will appear in next week’s paper) … more
The campaign finance report filed last Friday by the St. Louis County School District is a huge disappointment. The district had the opportunity, as well as a mandate from a three-judge panel, to … more
Minnesota Republicans face a challenge in their efforts to reclaim the reins of government in St. Paul this November. It’s tough to convince voters to change course when so many indicators are … more
Legislation designed to level the playing field for school districts across the state might have been driven by good intentions, but each district’s situation is unique and that also needs to be … more
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