Briefs

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 […]

Gazelka’s comments ignite strong reactions

BY: - January 17, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka’s comments in an interview with Colorado televangelist Andrew Wommack generated strong reaction Thursday from Minnesota’s LGBTQ community and progressives, who pledged to flip the GOP-controlled state Senate. In the hour-long interview, which was reported by the Minnesota Reformer, Gazelka explained why he believes churches and counselors should be free to […]

Minnesota students are missing out on federal aid for college

BY: - January 16, 2020

On average, nearly half of 12th graders at most Minnesota high schools didn’t submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid last year, according to data from the University of Wisconsin. The FAFSA — a lengthy, complicated form required to receive federal aid for higher education, as well as to access aid from many states […]

Beltrami County refugee vote hypocritical, commissioner says

BY: - January 15, 2020

When Beltrami County became the first local government in Minnesota to refuse to accept new refugees under President Donald Trump’s executive order, one county commissioner noted the irony and hypocrisy of the vote.  Commissioner Tim Sumner, a member of the Red Lake Nation, told the Star Tribune, “A lot of people that migrated here are […]

Some prominent Minnesotans want to amend the state constitution for education

BY: - January 14, 2020

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari want to amend the state’s constitution to say “all children have a fundamental right to a quality public education.” The proposal has garnered mixed reaction, with both the state teachers union and state Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, coming out […]

Nope, that’s not how that government program works

BY: - January 13, 2020

Everyone who qualifies for it can get it.