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The upcoming February school bond vote is our communities’ opportunity to position itself for the future. Our school’s administration, the school board, and committee members have worked hard to offer the taxpayers a sensible option for the schools facilities. I support this bond issue and...
Being now and having previously been an elected official, and having been married to one, I am very aware of being criticized in decision-making.Floating ideas or asking questions can result in unfavorable opinions and actions.As a representative of the city, I am committed to hear all sides of...
I am writing this letter in support of the upcoming school bond election.  As a recent retired community member, I see this as an important investment in our students and their futures.  When I was in school, community members, young and retired, saw a need for a new high school and voted yes so I...
As a lifelong resident of New Hampton, I support a yes vote on the school bond referendum on Feb. 7.I don’t think we should stick any more money into the 1913 building to try and make it acceptable and safe for our kids.  Our tax dollars would be put to much better use on a new facility.  The...
As a New Hampton High School graduate who has worked as a coach in the school district for the past 25 years and owns and operates a business in my hometown, I would really like to urge all residents of the school district to "vote yes" in the Feb. 7 school bond referendum.I believe that we as a...
Over the course of the past 11 years, the annual Cowboy Poetry Festival has become a rite of January here in Chickasaw County, and 2017 will be no exception.Cowboy Poetry will be held on Jan. 27-28, with 6 p.m. shows at the Starlite Ballroom ach night and a new matinee performance that will be held...
There are a lot of dire predictions about our representative democracy out there.We’re just past a presidential election campaign in which candidates complained about a rigged political system. Now, commentators worry about the imminent failure of the American experiment.I don’t agree with these...
We are now a few weeks into the New Year 2017, the season of Advent and Christmas celebrations over so quickly. I am sure this year will go by with speed because life seems to do that and because it does, we need to take each day and cherish it.As we move forward in this new year it would be very...
In the early 2000s as a reporter for the Mankato (Minn.) Free Press,  my “beat” was education.That meant I covered everything from school board meetings to classroom happenings to referendums. While Mankato Area Public Schools, which had about 7,000 students, was my priority, our coverage area...
I have had numerous conversations about the new school bond and improvements.  Everyone I spoke to is in favor of it.One hundred years ago, the fine people of New Hampton voted yes to build a new school for our community.  Then in 1965 they voted again to build a new high school.  Today it is our...

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