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Raising the Minimum Wage Won’t Shut Down Nursing Homes
By Nicole Simms February 26, 2014

Those hesitant or opposed to raising the minimum wage claim it will result in job loss and business failure; in particular, they frequently express…

Organized, Cooperative Home Care Shortage Solution
By Lee Egerstrom November 13, 2013

Minnesota is projecting a shortage of as many as 53,000 home health care workers by the end of this decade. In order to avoid…

Lost in the Noise: An All-Payer System
By Lucas Smith August 27, 2012

Since 2008, health care reform has been the subject of contentious political debate. Everybody has a fix, be it a public insurance option, the…

Naming Rights Reveal Importance of Farms, Food in Minnesota
By Lee Egerstrom September 17, 2014

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 Minnesota: A Warning from Kazakhstan
By Rebecca Jeong, Macalester College December 31, 2013

In today's installment of environmental op-eds from Macalester College students, we examine what Minnesota can learn from one of last century's worst natural resource…

Tuesday Talk: Fighting Poverty at School
By Joe Sheeran December 17, 2013

We can’t allow poverty to be an excuse for poor school performance and achievement. Therefore, Minnesota must build an education system that helps students…

Local Government Aid: Actions Speak Louder than Words
By Jeff Van Wychen September 15, 2014

Gubernatorial candidates of all political persuasions support city Local Government Aid (LGA), at least while on the campaign trail. After all, LGA is an…

Sprawl is Real, and It’s Here
By Conrad deFiebre April 10, 2014

Conservative apologists for sprawl try to deny that it's even a real phenomenon, some even draping dismissive quotation marks around the word. Around here, it's a right-wing obsession to…

The 5% Campaign Makes Headway
By Nicole Simms March 19, 2014

Last year, the Minnesota House passed a health and social programs budget that allowed for the first wage increase nursing home and long-term care…

Bakken’s Boom is Minnesota’s Peril
By Conrad deFiebre January 16, 2014

Hundreds of tons of crude oil that exploded and burned, causing the small town of Casselton, North Dakota's evacuation on Dec. 30, was 25 miles…

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