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Sally Jo Sorensen

Sally Jo Sorensen

A graduate of Hamline University and the University of Arkansas creative writing program, Sally Jo Sorensen has run the rural politics blog Bluestem Prairie since 2006. She now lives in Summit, South Dakota, where she is free to liberate her inner Darlene as these times demand.

Tobacco, pharmaceutical and other corporate cash finding its way into state Senate races

By: - August 27, 2020

The Minnesota Senate is considered the big prize in state politics this November, and wealthy corporations in pharmaceuticals, nicotine, beer and utilities and the energy industry are going all out to help Republicans keep their narrow majority, according to a review of campaign finance and IRS records.  Although banned by Minnesota state law from contributing […]

Where does state Sen. Julie Rosen live?

By: - June 12, 2020

State Sen. Julie Rosen’s recent filing for re-election that marks her address “private” has again raised questions about where the powerful chair of the Finance Committee actually lives. Does she live in the 684 square foot, basement-less four-room house without central air in Vernon Center she rents in her district? Or the 5,784 square foot, […]

GOP candidate tied to notorious Dorr family taking on Rep. Paul Torkelson

By: - May 18, 2020

Redwood County township official and conservative activist Tammy Houle is challenging six-term state representative Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, for the Republican Party nod at an online endorsing convention Monday night. Houle has ties to the Dorr family, who have built a small midwestern empire around conservative political activism, though their GOP rivals say they are grifters. […]

COMMENTARY

Minnesota’s right wing keyboard warriors lapping up COVID-19 conspiracy theories

By: - May 1, 2020

While the Walz administration, public health workers at all levels and level-headed Minnesotans work together to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus, other North Star state residents occupy themselves by spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories. Some of this activity might be a way to explain the pandemic and its effects — and by explaining […]