Briefs

Former Woodbury Mayor Mary Guiliani Stephens to challenge DFL Sen. Susan Kent in swing district

BY: - January 30, 2020

State Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, is facing a new Republican opponent for her senate district seat: former Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens.  Kent, who is two days away from challenging DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk for caucus leader, now faces a formidable opponent in a swing district she won by fewer than 400 votes […]

Minneapolis council member to lead housing authority

BY: - January 29, 2020

Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame got the job at the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. The Sahan Journal reports Warsame was tapped to be the next CEO/Executive Director of MPHA, which serves some 26,000 people through managing the city’s public housing and administering the Housing Choice “Section 8” Voucher Program. It was announced Wednesday at […]

Who are the popular kids? Klobuchar tops Trump, Walz, Smith

BY: - January 29, 2020

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, whose presidential campaign is sprinting to the finish ahead of the Iowa caucus next week, continues to be the state’s most popular politician, according to public-opinion polls aggregated by APM Research Lab and Minnesota Public Radio. A mixture of 2019 polls by Morning Consult, Kaiser Family Foundation/Cook Political Report and the […]

Nearly 40% of Minneapolis schools segregated by race

BY: - January 29, 2020

This year, nearly 40% of Minneapolis Public Schools fall into the category of more than about 86% white or students of color. That’s 25 of the district’s 63 schools that are at least roughly 86% white or students of color, according to Minneapolis Public Schools enrollment data. Minneapolis Public Schools released several plans this month […]

About 500 children are using cannabis as medicine in Minnesota. Here’s a breakdown.

BY: - January 28, 2020

Some Minnesotans whose sick children depend on CBD and other cannabinoids for medical use are pushing for schools to allow those products on their campuses, according to the Star Tribune. State law bans medical cannabis from school property but says nothing about CBD, the Star Tribune reported. Many schools have banned the products, meaning some […]

DCCC goes on offense, running health care ads in the metro

BY: - January 27, 2020

This story and headline have been updated to reflect the ads’ broader reach than just the Second Congressional District.  U.S. Rep. Angie Craig is getting some national help in her first reelection. Minnesota is among the states where the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced more than $1 million in TV and digital ad buys Monday […]

DFL Party Chair calls on Legislature to protect voter data in upcoming presidential primary

BY: - January 23, 2020

This post has been updated.  DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin on Thursday called on the Legislature to change the state’s presidential primary law to protect voter information, including party affiliation. With the state’s first presidential primary in nearly three decades just 40 days away, privacy concerns have emerged among voters who fear their political affiliations […]

Minnesotan wins national fellowship to teach Indigenous birthing practices

BY: - January 22, 2020

Dorene Day, an Ojibwe midwife, was one of 10 Indigenous people from across the country selected for a $50,000 fellowship, which she’ll use to continue her work teaching Indigenous birthing practices.

D’oh! Wisconsin beat us last time in Census participation. Come on Minnesotans!

BY: - January 21, 2020

Bad news, Minnesota: Wisconsin has us beat on Census participation last time. Take consolation in the fact that at least they didn’t best us by much. Wisconsin had the nation’s highest participation rate in 2010; 82% of households mailed back the Census questionnaire, compared to 81% in Minnesota. Minnesota was thoroughly embarrassed in 2000, when […]

Minneapolis council member tries for top job at Housing Authority

BY: - January 21, 2020

City Council Member Abdi Warsame, Ward 6, is interviewing for the top job at the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, according to a staff member in Warsame’s office.  If offered the position, Warsame would not be able to keep his seat on the council. His current term doesn’t end until 2022, so he would need to […]

Eagan police arrested their own Mayor Mike Maguire for driving drunk

BY: - January 21, 2020

Is there something about the winter doldrums of January that compels Minnesota mayors to drive drunk?  Eagan police arrested their city’s mayor, Michael John Maguire, 52, on Jan. 11 after responding to reports that his sport-utility vehicle was stuck in a snowbank near the intersection of Dakota Path and Shadow Creek Curve, KARE 11 reported […]

Minneapolis Council Members want to ban fur coat sales

BY: - January 17, 2020

Minneapolis City Council Members Alondra Cano and Cam Gordon announced today they plan to introduce an ordinance that would ban the sale and manufacture of new animal fur products. The proposed fur ban would threaten the business of one of the largest fur retailers in the United States, Ribnick Fur & Leather, which was founded […]