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School board filing period opens July 30

Rosemount residents interested in a spot on the District 196 School Board might want to start working on their campaign speeches.

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Rosemount High School debaters scramble to prepare for nationals

A season of limited preparation time and conflicting schedules is ending in perhaps the most appropriate way for Rosemount High School debaters Wesley Just and Andrew Hanson: with a rushed, mostly unexpected trip to the National Forensics League national tournament this weekend in Alabama.

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Rosemount School District will survey residents about programs, finances

Independent School District 196 will conduct a phone survey this month to find out how residents feel about district services and whether they would support a levy in the fall.

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Rosemount's Lt. Col. Mark Weber has died following fight with cancer

Lt. Col. Mark Weber, the Rosemount soldier who became an inspiration to many as he battled terminal cancer for nearly three years, died shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon according to a post on his Caringbridge site.

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Superintendent gets a 2 percent raise

Independent School District 196 superintendent Jane Berenz will get a 2 percent raise effective July 1 that will bring her salary to $195,840.

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Nathan's column: Gone stir crazy in a rainy spring

I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve used this space to talk about biking.

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A mile in their shoes

Diamond Path walk raises awareness about access to water in developing countries

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Education technology under the microscope

District 196 is taking a closer look at how it wants to use technology in the classroom

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Barriers remain to all-day kindergarten

State will fund all-day kindergarten starting in 2014, but space will be an issue

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Girls golf: Irish take fourth in section play

After all of the delays, the cancelations and, in at least one case, a round played in “driving monsoon rain,” the Rosemount High School girls golf team found itself right where it wanted to be.

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Nathan's column: Like somebody’s watching me

There’s been a whole lot of fuss lately about PRISM, which was introduced to the world last week as a government program to mine personal information from the phone calls and online activity of the American people.

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Nathan's column: A little tournament trivia

One of the best things about the NCAA basketball tournament, which enters its second weekend Thursday, is the way it brings people together. For three weeks, millions of people across the country watch the same games, experience the same emotions, even think many of the same thoughts. It’s like Scientology, but with more dunking.

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Column: The power of the press

I forget sometimes the power I have just because I have this job, and more specifically this space each week to share whatever thoughts happen to pop into my head. With just a few well-chosen words, I can unite readers around an idea, even if that idea is just, "Boy, that guy is an idiot!"

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Column: Hot times at home and at work

Last Friday the air conditioning went out in the Town Pages offices. As the thermostat climbed to 80 degrees and above, things got a little bit uncomfortable. It was the most you’ll see modern journalists sweat in a situation that didn’t involve either a deadline or the words “about those circulation numbers.”

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Do you want to pet my ant?

I’ve had my share of pets in my life, and I understand the appeal. I’ve had dogs I could run and play with, birds that chirped pleasantly and cats that ... well, the cats all kind of did their own thing. But they would occasionally acknowledge my presence with a not entirely unpleasant reaction.

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Column: A Saturday filled with hills

From time to time I like to write about riding my bike. It’s possible you’ve noticed. Usually when I do this it’s to talk about the difficulty of some upcoming ride I have foolishly planned. This is a common tactic in sporting activities. It’s like the football coach who talks up an inferior opponent to keep his team from becoming complacent.

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Column: World Cup fever more like a cold

The soccer World Cup kicked off last week, sending sports fans around the world into frenzies of patriotic pride and leaving millions of Americans wondering where the heck their baseball highlights are.

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Column: Be ready for the worst

I realize retailers need to expand their offerings these days to attract larger crowds of shoppers. I've gotten used to walking through stores where diapers are on shelves next to digital cameras.

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Column: What’s in a name? Apparently, plenty

Every year the United States Social Security Administration sends media outlets around the country a list of the past year’s most popular baby names. In other words, in case you don’t find it creepy enough that a single agency gives each of us, at birth, a number that will be used to identify us for the rest of our lives, keep in mind that same agency also keeps detailed records of how many other people born the same year as you share your name, how the popularity of your name has changed over the years and, I assume, why more parents don’t name their babies Englebert.

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Column: The battle for the back yard

When I bought my house in November of 2007 I got a place to call my own, a break from landlord-controlled living and a living space big enough that I can have one room set aside just for my bikes. Well, my bikes and the several bags of recycling I have yet to take out. But that's not really the point.

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