Budget Cuts at the U of M and MNSCU

A March 12, 2008, front page article in the STPP reports that state college costs for Minnesota students are nearly twice the U. S. average.   To read the article click here, click on the home tab, and choose Archived Search and enter “college costs” in the search box.   On average, tuition fees for a full-time student in Minnesota are $4,720. The national average […]

Carol Bly

Minnesota author, Carol Bly died December 21, 2007 of complications from ovarian cancer. She was 77. A public memorial service has been set for her. She will be honored from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at Hamline University‘s Sundin Music Hall, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul. A program will begin at 3 p.m. I […]

Higher Education

From the beginning of the session the Higher Ed. committee took testimony from students and others about the adverse effects of the rising costs of college tuition.  We made considerable effort to remedy this problem and looked at other ways to keep college costs down, like measures students suggested on how to lower textbook costs. […]


According to Bud Heidgerken, Republican Rep. from Freeport, Rep. Greiling's e-12 education Bill was the best education bill he had ever seen.  The Governor didn't agree.  We even came up with some good plans for how to pay for it.  Again he didn't agree.   The Governor never would agree to a budget target and would […]

Education – Issues of concern.

Earlier this month I attended the Alliance for Student Achievement Education Summit at the Minneapolis Convention Center. I ran into several other folks from Northfield among them School Board members Kari Nelson, Diane Cirksena, and Wendy Smith; as well as Superintendent Richardson and MASA Executive Charlie Kyte, sometimes called the voice of Minnesota education. Much […]

School Funding – It doesn’t grow on trees.

February 2nd I attended an excellent presentation by Mary Cecconi, Executive Director of Parents United for Public Schools called “School Funding 101: How Did We Get Here?” It offered an explanation of the current system for funding Minnesota schools and why it is failing us. This brings me back to the beginning of my previous […]

Q- Comp

What is Q-Comp? It is an interesting question and on one level, an excellent example of how laws and initiatives are made at State Government. I know it is often described by the metaphor of making sausage, a process most don’t want to watch. But in another way it is like those powerful forces of […]

“Connecting is Key” – HCI Luncheon

Jim Blaha introduced the Lewis Appledorn Award at the Healthy Community Initiative Luncheon with a tribute to Lewis describing him as a husband, father, grandfather, veteran, businessperson, boss, mentor, friend, and youth asset-builder. The latter being the purpose for the award and the preceding list the prescription of roles a person performs to become one. […]

River Heights and IALA

This past week I visited with some long time education friends. Bill Zimniewicz, of River Heights Charter School, and the gang of four who started IALA. Below, that’s Bill, Dan Daly of Liberty Charter, Wayne Jennings of Designs for Learning and Wally Campbell MAAP STARS founder and then there’s me who took the picture – […]
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