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Moving in at St. Paul’s

THUMBS UP: St. Paul’s Lutheran School is starting classes a little late this year. That’s understandable, given that the school is completing an expansion project that has been going on this summer.

St. Paul’s invested $6.7 million into the expansion, which includes a new entrance, elevator, expanded, handicapped accessible lavatories, pre-school classrooms, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lab and an art lab on the southwest corner of the school. The existing part of the school has been updated as well.

This week volunteers have been busy moving things in, cleaning things up, and getting ready for school when it starts Sept. 9. There is still construction going on, but it should be done in October or November.

This is an amazing project to be taken on by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church congregation and its supporters.

Narrowing the field

POINTER: The field of Democratic presidential candidates has started to shrink. This past week Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have pulled out, unable to generate the kind of support needed to make headway in the race.

Minnesota’s Sen. Amy Klobuchar has managed to hang on in the race to face Donald Trump in 2020. She has qualified for the next round of Democratic debates, but still lags behind the more liberal candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and the more moderate former vice president Joe Biden.

Time seems to be running out for Klobuchar. She needs to start gaining ground on her fellow candidates if she hopes to be a factor in the run to the nomination.