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A Cold Shoulder or Welcoming Arms for Children in Danger

Minnesota political leaders and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are pondering what the state’s response should be to the children of Central America gathering at the U.S.-Mexican border seeking refuge from gangs, drug wars and poverty back home. Minnesota awareness of the children’s plight was raised within the past week when Congressman Keith Ellison said Minnesota should come to their aid. The Star Tribune article about a community meeting in Minneapolis quoted Ellison as saying, “We have capacity to help here and we should.” A later report from the…

Discussion: Co-ops Not Just for Farmers Anymore

The best known co-ops are Minnesota’s oldest and largest co-ops like CHS, Land-O-Lakes and American Crystal Sugar. Co-ops regularly touch all Minnesotans lives yet most of us barely recognized their impact, much less their potential for growing Minnesota’s economy. How do we use co-ops to help people create wealth, grow family stability and anchor communities? How can we move from traditional co-ops to new uses?

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New Data Show Big Drop in City Revenue, Spending

As governor from 2003 to 2011, Tim Pawlenty chided local governments for failing to "live within their means." A recent report reveals that T-Paw's accusations were wildly off target. The total revenue of all Minnesota cities declined by 9.2 percent from 2003 to 2012 in real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) dollars, while…

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