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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…

Declining Income is Long-Term, Widespread
By Jeff Van Wychen February 03, 2014

In his State of Union address, President Obama noted that one of the most serious problems confronting the nation is growing income inequality. Perhaps…

VIDEO: Attack of The Zebra Mussels
By Briana Johnson July 21, 2014

Zebra mussels are invading Minnesota's waterways and are currently found in at least 20 counties. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) calls these…

Energy Trends: Fossil Future or Renewable Outlook?
By Maria Brun September 12, 2014

Energy, sitting at the intersection of powering society and emitting greenhouse gasses (GHG) linked to climate change, has become a highly partisan issue, stylized…

2013 Tax Act: Best Deal for Homeowners in 30 Years
By Jeff Van Wychen September 08, 2014

Over the last three decades, years in which statewide homeowner property taxes fell were rare. The largest reduction occurred from 2001 to 2002 and…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Rural Minnesota’s Future Challenge, Potential
By John Van Hecke July 11, 2014

Minnesota will look different 30 years from now. We’ll be older and more racially and ethnically diverse but its where people live and work…

Video: New Infrastructure Equals More Jobs
By Briana Johnson December 16, 2013

The BlueGreen Alliance is joining a number of other experts, calling on state policymakers to invest in infrastructure. The organization's new report estimated that…

Tax Migration Myth Exposed
By John R. Van Hecke August 29, 2011

A new study from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)* dispels conservatives’ myth that increases in state income taxes cause significant out-migration…

Is the New “Accountability” Actually Professional?
By Michael Diedrich September 22, 2014

When looking at teacher accountability, we’ve experienced many turbulent changes in the past few years. Unfortunately, they aren’t likely to have nearly the impact…

Nursing Home Workers Need Support
By Lisa Weed, Guest Commentary October 09, 2013

Recently some legislators, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk more prominently, who support the idea of raising the minimum wage, have expressed concern that a…

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