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Naming Rights Reveal Importance of Farms, Food in Minnesota

Minnesotans were reminded recently that food and agriculture remain huge drivers of the state’s economy when two of the largest home-based companies stepped forward to acquire naming rights to new facilities in the Twin Cities. At first glance, it seemed like business as usual. Nothing new here except the signage. But that doesn’t begin to tell the story. On one level, Land O’Lakes’ $25 million grant to the University of Minnesota and CHS Inc.’s purchase of naming rights to the St. Paul Saints’ new ballpark reveal how…

Where Children, Data, and Equity Meet

It’s not hard to agree that young children shouldn’t face suspension or expulsion except in the most extreme circumstances. Beth Hawkins of MinnPost has provided in-depth coverage of the recent efforts in Minneapolis to address that problem by modifying their rules to make it difficult-to-impossible to send kindergarteners and first…

Local Government Aid: Actions Speak Louder than Words

Gubernatorial candidates of all political persuasions support city Local Government Aid (LGA), at least while on the campaign trail. After all, LGA is an important source of funding for city services and helps keep property tax rates at reasonable levels, particularly in communities that have small tax bases or a…

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