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While serving in Kosovo, Superintendent of Schools Mike Funk kept in regular contact with home via the Mac laptop computer now on his office desk. Its video camera allowed him to watch his youngest daughter's first steps from half a world a way. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Kosovo puts school day in perspective

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OLIVIA -- Whether it's dealing with upset parents or grumbles from the lunch room, it all seems a lot easier for Mike Funk.

He's back in his role as superintendent of the BOLD Schools this school year. He returns with the perspective gleaned from service during last school year as Lt. Col. Mike Funk, commander of 412 Minnesota National Guard troops in Kosovo.

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