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Klobuchar Shares Anecdote of Her Fourth-Grade Spanish Name: ‘Me llamo Elena’

BY: - February 19, 2020

Seeing Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s clumsy introduction to the Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union in Nevada Tuesday night didn’t sit so well with my parents — both former members of the union that represented my mom (previously a housekeeper) and my dad (a casino restaurant cook). In a video clip circulating on Twitter, Klobuchar greets culinary […]

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HealthPartners strike called off; tentative deal reached

BY: - February 18, 2020

At 3 a.m. on Tuesday, the union representing nurses, physician assistants and other health care workers at HealthPartners reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract, avoiding a weeklong strike that would have affected 30 clinics across the Twin Cities. Workers voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to strike to protect their generous health care […]

GOP lawmakers unveil crime bills, point a literal finger at Minneapolis mayor

BY: - February 17, 2020

Outstate Republican legislators today unveiled a proposal to tackle urban crime, months after they first started planting political seeds about the hazards of Minnesota’s cities. And Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey didn’t seem thrilled with the presentation. Frey attended the news conference about the “Safety In Our Cities” plan, during which “roughly a dozen state lawmakers, joined […]

HealthPartners workers prepare for Wednesday strike at 30 clinics

BY: - February 17, 2020

More than 1,800 HealthPartners nurses, lab technicians, dental hygienists and other health care workers are preparing to begin a week-long strike Wednesday after a last-ditch effort failed to resolve disagreements over their next union contract. Workers from SEIU Healthcare Minnesota said at a Monday news conference that they are still very far apart. “If we […]

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Hundreds march for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Minneapolis

BY: - February 15, 2020

People shouted out the names of their missing or murdered Indigenous relatives: “Mariah” “Selena Not Afraid” “Aubrey” “Jeremy.” With hundreds packed into the Minneapolis American Indian Center for the annual march for missing and murdered Indigenous women, the cacophony of the names illustrated the extent of the epidemic of sexual and physical violence against Native […]

Minnesota gun laws earn a C+ in new national ranking

BY: - February 14, 2020

Minnesota’s gun laws earned a C+ in an annual assessment of state policies by the gun control advocacy group Giffords Law Center. California and New Jersey topped the list with A ratings, and 20 states received Fs, including North and South Dakota. Mississippi’s gun laws were ranked last. Minnesota ranked 13th on overall firearm law […]

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Drivers hit demonstrators calling for greater pedestrian safety

BY: - February 13, 2020

Several dozen activists took to one of the most hazardous intersections in Minneapolis Wednesday night calling for greater pedestrian safety along the busy corridor. In response, two drivers hit protestors–lightly–as they walked back and forth across Lyndale Avenue in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood. “We were legally crossing the street at a crosswalk,” said Risa […]

Minnesota police are partnering with Ring. Is your city on the list?

BY: - February 13, 2020

Fifteen Minnesota law enforcement agencies have agreements with home security company Ring that could allow them to access video from residents’ properties. Through the “Neighbors” program and app, law enforcement can request that homeowners allow them to see Ring doorbell footage from specific times and areas. In blog posts, the company describes the app as […]

Local governments’ finances ‘steady…for now,’ report says

BY: - February 12, 2020

Local governments in Minnesota have kept revenues and spending even over the past two decades despite threats to their financial stability. But government leaders should be conscious of impending challenges, according to a report published today by the Office of the State Auditor. The report, titled “The State of Main Street: Holding Steady…For Now,” relied […]

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Target faces class action lawsuit for cheating employees out of pay

BY: - February 12, 2020

A class action lawsuit was filed against Target in federal court Tuesday for underpaying their employees. The suit, brought by Andrew Davis of New Haven, Conn., alleges that the Minneapolis-based retailer regularly makes some of its managers work unpaid overtime doing non-management work, in violation of the Federal Labor Standards Act. According to legal filings, […]

First day of session starts with motion to adjourn for year by Drazkowski

BY: - February 12, 2020

Expectations are quite tempered around the Capitol for what might be accomplished during this short legislative session in an off-budget, election year.  But state Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, seems to think that’s reason enough to just call it a day on the Legislature’s work this year. On Tuesday, he trolled his fellow members by making […]

St. Paul teachers to vote on strike next week

BY: - February 11, 2020

St. Paul teachers will vote Feb. 20 on whether to strike against St. Paul Public Schools, according to the union representing St. Paul educators, assistants and community service workers. The St. Paul Federation of Educators executive board agreed Monday night to authorize a strike vote next week, the union wrote in a statement. “We did […]