Everyone is probably on a team of some sort, whether it's a sports team or a club. Your team is made up of people who you spend a lot of time with, and who share a common interest with you. It's important to be supportive of your teammates because without them you wouldn't have a complete team. Being on a team takes a lot of energy and time; in between practices and your competitive meets you are spending a great deal of your time with each other.
A 35-year Dakota County jail deputy, charged in Scott County with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and with criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, remains lodged in the Scott County Jail in Shakopee. Raul Rubio Mascorro is employed as a jail deputy at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings. He has been accused of molesting two minor children. He is scheduled to appear in Scott County District Court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, for an omnibus hearing. Mascorro is not a licensed peace officer.
Republican legislators want to give Minnesotans the option to opt out of unions, a subject that has created heated debate in many states. "In Minnesota law, if a worker refuses to pay union dues, they are fired," Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, said Thursday. "This isn't fair and it's definitely not free." The labor community immediately shot back, saying such a move would hurt workers and businesses. Drazkowski said the proposed constitutional amendment is the most important jobs-related bill possible.
Towards the end of every summer, students across America dread this one day; the first day of school. They don't want to be on a schedule, they don't want to start doing homework and, worst of all, they don't want to get up early and hear that obnoxious alarm clock five days out of the week. But every year it comes, and every year we have to get used to the school routine all over again. During the summer you can pretty much do whatever you want; if you want to get up at noon, you get up at noon. If you want to pull an all nighter with friends, you'll probably regret it the next day ...
This week the weather suddenly turned to autumn. One day the air was hot and sticky with humidity, the next it was crisp with the chill of fall. My dog is suddenly reluctant to go outside at night. I think he finds the chilly breeze and the long shadows in the backyard unsettling. It's not that surprising he's afraid of the dark. He's terrified of the vacuum cleaner, even when it's off. As the weather turns brisk my thoughts turn to school. In my annual back-to-school shopping odyssey I bought new purple folders for my Trapper Keeper and a bevy of Post-It notepads.
For 15 years now, an event held at the start of the school year has helped put Farmington students on the right path toward protecting the earth. Since 1996, the city of Farmington and several community partners have marked Pollution Prevention Week by bringing students lessons about making efficient use of resources, and about keeping pollution out of natural areas. The lessons are fun. Students might play with a giant inflatable globe, or get a demonstration of what pollution can do to a clean water source. They get up close with animals and listen to music.
ST. PAUL -- Political differences separating Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants to preserve state aid to local communities while raising taxes on the richest Minnesotans and increasing education spending in a budget proposal he released this morning. The Democrat's total budget plan for the next two years would be $37 billion, up from just over $30 billion in the budget that ends June 30. At the same time, he makes cuts to help balance a $6.2 billion budget deficit. There were few surprises, since he talked extensively about the budget during a year he campaigned for governor.
Sergeant William R. Abderhalden III will never forget his trip to Children's Hospital two years ago in St. Paul. He was 24 years old and working on his first Toys for Tots campaign. The mission that day for he and his fellow Marines was to deliver Christmas presents to the patients at Children's Hospital. Most of the children they visited had been hospitalized for a long time. Many were facing daunting odds. Some were diagnosed with terminal illnesses and quite possibly celebrating their last Christmases. "That's a humbling experience.
Bob Heman, the District 192 School Board chair, resigned during last night's meeting. Additionally he withdrew his candidacy for reelection. During the meeting Heman said serving on the board was taking too much time. Calls to Heman have not been returned. There are four months left of his four-year term. His position as chair will be filled by vice chair Veronica Walter. The other board members will decide what to do with the position for the remaining months during a future board meeting. During his current stint on the board Heman has served since 2006.