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Transcendent gratitude brings together past, present and future

In Judaism, the most common blessing of thanksgiving is known as the Shehechiyanu. We recite this 2,000 year old blessing at the start of...

The enraging deja vu of a third COVID-19 wave

This essay was originally published in ProPublica. There’s a joke I’ve seen circulating online, over and over during this pandemic, that goes along the lines...

Bakk-assoni say they’re going “independent.” More like kept company men.

Two longtime Iron Range state senators will leave the DFL caucus and form an independent caucus for the 2021 legislative session. State Sen. David...

For people who preach about personal responsibility, these lawmakers sure are...

Not long ago Republican legislative leaders at the State Capitol rejected most government plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. They assured us that...

The nightmare of having a loved one contract COVID-19 in prison

“Mom. I have COVID.” My heart sunk at the words I’ve been simultaneously dreading and expecting to hear since spring. The only surprise is that...

Cleaving Minnesota: Good news and bad for northern Democrats

This year myriad media outlets ran some version of the headline “Will the Iron Range flip Minnesota to the GOP in 2020?” We could...

Art Knight got demoted for saying we don’t need the same...

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo made the wrong move when he demoted Deputy Chief Art Knight for calling out the Minneapolis Police Department on...

How children with lethal cancers and other incurable illnesses have benefited...

The Affordable Care Act once again is headed for a date with the U.S. Supreme Court, with health insurance coverage for tens of millions...

To help the neediest in these tough times, we may have...

Mittens, hat, warm coat: check. Face mask: check. Ah yes, we’ve pulled out our cold weather gear, bundling up to walk the dog, get...

The day after: Why are Democrats so down? Plus: Pot party...

Good afternoon. (This is a version of our morning newsletter, Daily Reformer. Sign up here.) Well, that was something.  On the one hand, if I told...
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