The impact of racism on student achievement will be discussed during a back-to-school equity to excellence forum for Kennedy High School staff and other school leaders next week.

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The Richfield Public Works department is having a busy end to the summer season, with an ongoing water-quality project at Taft and Legion Lakes and the completion of Richfield Parkway. That comes on top of Hennepin County’s efforts to make 66th Street viable for the next two years, before it is rebuilt in 2016. County [...]

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Arc’s Value Village is marking everything in its stores 50 percent off on Monday, Sept. 1. The thrift store, which benefits those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, is attempting to clear the racks with the Labor Day sale in anticipation of cold weather gear arriving later that week. The sale excludes brand-new items with orange [...]

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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman will speak at next week’s Bloomington Progressive Issues Forum. The program begins 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Davanni’s Restaurant, 8605 Lyndale Ave., Bloomington. A dinner social begins at 5:30. As the county attorney, Freeman manages the state’s largest public law office, which is responsible for civil cases as well [...]

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Normandale Community College’s new president spent more than two decades building her resume in California, but her heart never left the Midwest. Joyce Ester, 49, became the college’s new president on Aug. 2. She grew up in the Chicago area but found her way to California a year after completing her undergraduate studies at Northern [...]

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