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Voter ID is Bad Public Policy
By Nathan Dahlen August 22, 2014

This past week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to uphold Governor Scott Walker’s Voter ID law, which will require Wisconsinites to present a photo…

VIDEO: Building Transit for Better Equity
By Briana Johnson August 21, 2014

The plan to bring the Southwest Light Rail Project from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie has moved another step forward. The Minneapolis City Council voted…

High-and-Higher-Speed Rail on Track
By Conrad deFiebre August 21, 2014

A heated debate broke out this month over America's high-speed passenger rail dreams —between two icons of the so-called "lamestream liberal media."  First, the…

Finding New Keys to Land Ownership, Careers in Farming
By Lee Egerstrom August 20, 2014

At a creative farm south of St. Paul near the town of Coates, two things about fruit, vegetable and horticultural growing are immediately clear.…

Money, People, and the Building of Dreams
By Michael Diedrich August 19, 2014

On Monday morning, hundreds of people piled into an auditorium and a stuffed overflow room at the Humphrey School for Public Affairs. The reason…

Discussion: Minnesota Mental Health
By Deb Balzer August 19, 2014

The recent death of beloved entertainer, Robin Williams, has opened conversation about depression, mental illness and suicide. Here in Minnesota, deaths by suicide have…

VIDEO: Exploring a Hmong Land Cooperative
By Briana Johnson August 18, 2014

Minnesota is home to a large Hmong community of which many farm. One complication is that many do not have access to land that…

General Fund Revenue Remains Well Below 2000 Level
By Jeff Van Wychen August 18, 2014

True to form, the anti-tax right continues to rail against the tax increases enacted by a progressive legislature and governor in 2013. However, real…

Time Shift for School Students
By Nick Stumo-Langer August 15, 2014

St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) may follow in the footsteps of Minneapolis and Edina in changing their high school start times to be later.…

VIDEO: Rock ‘n Read Project Rolls Out
By Briana Johnson August 14, 2014

A Minneapolis nonprofit is on a mission to close the achievement gap and get all students reading at grade level by using an innovative…

Bike Sharing and Safety
By Conrad deFiebre August 14, 2014

In the transit capital of America, New York City, the mayor's office considers its fledgling Citi Bike bicycle sharing service "part of our public…

Lessons Not Learned, Forgotten from Watergate
By Lee Egerstrom August 13, 2014

At the urging of daughters and a few friends, I’m looking back 40 years to the historic night of Aug. 8, 1974 in Washington.…

Why Head Start Matters
By Michael Diedrich August 12, 2014

As the lifelong impacts of high-quality early childhood education have become better known, the early years of a child’s life have become a matter…

Discussion: What can open data do for MN?
By Deb Balzer August 12, 2014

The Minneapolis City Council recently passed an open data policy that opens the door for private citizens to access the city’s more than 450…

VIDEO: Feeding the Community Through Community Gardening
By Katie Lescarbeau August 11, 2014

A community garden flourishes and a St. Paul food shelf enjoys its harvest. This summer, the St. Anthony Community Garden and Keystone Community Services…

Conservative Excuses Aside, Minnesota Still Outperforms Wisconsin
By Jeff Van Wychen August 11, 2014

Since the 2010 election of progressive Governor Mark Dayton in Minnesota and conservative Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin, the Gopher State has outperformed the…

VIDEO: Farmers Marketing Cooperative
By Briana Johnson August 07, 2014

The Latino Economic Development Center (LECD) is a nonprofit business development organization that offers support to Latino entrepreneurs who want to create their own…

Freight at the Crossroads
By Conrad deFiebre August 07, 2014

When most of us think about transportation, we focus on personal mobility by automobile, transit, airplane, passenger rail, bicycle or walking. We're usually less…

Local Food Marketing within a ‘Stone’s Throw’
By Lee Egerstrom August 06, 2014

(First in an occasional series) Jose Garcia, a former Long Prairie meatpacker turned farmer, and Rodrigo Cala, of Lino Lakes who farms nearby in…

Education Shouldn’t Be About Market Share
By Michael Diedrich August 05, 2014

Since it seems this idea won’t go away, let’s go another round. Markets don’t produce equity. A “better” or “purer” marketplace of schools will…

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