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Why Indian Education?

We can do more to help all Native youth graduate.

Why Indian Education? Should there be a special focus on helping Native American students find success in school? Isn’t the quality of education the same for all children regardless of ethnicity? Why a special focus? Before we answer these questions, let’s take a walk back in history. Let me first say that Native Americans have […]

Find First Day Teacher Success

The first day with kids is as important today as it was 100 years ago.

Find First Day Teacher Success Imagine a teacher sitting at his or her desk in a classroom that isn’t too much different than the classrooms you sat in. Oh, there may be a computer here or there but the furnishings are pretty much the same: teacher’s desk, students’ desks, clock, a chalkboard or wipe board […]

It’s time for women.

My friend, Fern, knew about the importance of women's rights.

It’s time for women There was a time when women were not allowed to teach school if they were married. Did you know that? There was a time when women were not supposed to work outside the home. There was a time when women could not vote and could not be elected public office. There […]

Who Wants To Be A Cop

I am wearing an original John Wayne vest. Cops deserve more respect than John Wayne.

Who wants to be a cop? Have you ever stopped to look inside a vacant one-room schoolhouse? I did on a recent trip to Moorhead. Usually the windows and doors are broken and the owners are just waiting for the entire building to collapse. This particular building in the Winger area still had the bell […]

Use It Or Lose It


You can use it or you can lose it Whenever I hear the phrase, “Use it or lose it” I think about losing brain cells. That is, if you don’t use your brain, your cells will dry up and you will lose some of your brain power. This is why I am an advocate for […]

Helping Native American Students Graduate


How To Help Native Americans Graduate Native American education has made gains but I was reminded how far it has to go in a recent article that appeared in the Minneapolis Star. It identified some of the schools in Minnesota that had horrific low percentages of Native students that graduate from high school. In Minneapolis, […]

Don’t Forget To Graduate

It is everyone's responsibility to remind kids to graduate.

Don’t Forget To Graduate If you enjoy interesting stories, you will enjoy this one. I was working at Gallery North a year ago last summer. My car was unlocked because I was loading and unloading photographs throughout the day. At closing time I went to my car and when I opened the door, I was […]

You Can Improve Your Public Speaking

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You can be a better public speaker Public speaking can be painful and the goal of this article is make it less painful. It is intended for anyone who speaks in public, which includes everyone. You say, “Yes, but I never give presentations or speeches. I also never read aloud in public. So, why should […]