Friday, January 4, 2013
With so many challenges on the table, Patch wants to know what issues you think are most important.
With another legislative session just around the corner, senators and representatives have no shortage of challenges ahead of them. Lawmakers plan to convene hearings on gun control in the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. They’ll review a recommendation from a governor-appointed task force to increase gas taxes and tab fees in response to a projected $50 billion shortfall in transportation funding. The DFL majority and defeat of the marriage amendment in the 2012 election could even prompt the Legislature to take up the issue of gay marriage. And looming over everything is a projected $1.1 billion deficit that legislators will have to close before adjourning for the year. With so many issues on the …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Directors had a moment of silence at Tuesday’s board meeting to remember the tragedy in Newtown, CT.
On Thursday, the Eisenhower Community Center’s boardroom was unusually full of people waiting to see how the School Board would vote on a request from some Edina property owners to leave the school district. Before that vote took place, though, the board had some other business to take care of: remembering those affected by last week’s school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. “Our thoughts are with all the devastated families whose lives were touched by the intersection of gun violence and mental illness on that day,” School Board Chairwoman Susan Wootten said. “In this stark event, we are reminded of the precious and the fleeting nature of the days that we have with the ones we love—and of the need to live them to the fullest.” After …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Patch will pause to remember the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Patch websites in Minnesota will go dark for a moment Friday morning to honor the memory of those killed one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The brief Patch blackout is set for 8:30 a.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Gov. Mark Dayton has called for a moment of silence in Minnesota one hour later, at 9:30 a.m. CST. In his statement (click on PDF thumbnail), Dayton also asked places of worship and government buildings that have bells to ring them 26 times "in honor of each life that was taken far too soon at Sandy Hook Elementary School." Twenty children and six adults died in the mass shooting. Newtown Patch's news hub has extensive coverage of the events of Dec. 14 and since, including the names of those who died…
Monday, December 17, 2012
‘Obviously, we hope that such a tragedy will never occur again. However, the police department and the school district will continue to partner up and be ready.’
Monday, December 17, 2012
Editor’s Note: Police Sgt. Michael Glassberg submitted the following guest column in the wake of last week’s tragedy. As we give pause to remember the victims in the recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the Hopkins Police Department feels that it is important to let the community know about the partnership that exists between our agency and the local schools. For the past several years, the Hopkins Police Department and the Hopkins School District have planned, practiced and reviewed emergency plans, including school shootings and other types of threats. These plans are reviewed at least annually and Hopkins police officers continually go through training on how to respond to these events. This training includes, but is not …