Former Senate leader seeking GOP endorsement for governor

BY: - September 8, 2021

Republican state Sen. Paul Gazelka of East Gull Lake said Wednesday he is running to be his party’s nominee for governor, declaring himself the best GOP candidate to deny DFL Gov. Tim Walz a second term. Gazelka, who announced his run at the State Capitol surrounded by supporters and his wife Maralee, is staking his […]

Indigenous leaders alarmed at chaos of growing Franklin Street encampment

BY: - September 8, 2021

As cars whizzed by on Franklin Avenue, Jasmine Davis, 34, stood inches away from their tires Tuesday morning, picking up discarded, ketchup-smeared Styrofoam takeout boxes, empty Marlboro cartons, an orange Crush can and a donut with barely a bite missing. Davis wore latex gloves and a blue Bryn Mawr jersey, but wasn’t one of the […]

Carnahan resigns as chair of Minnesota Republican Party

BY: - August 19, 2021

Jennifer Carnahan, who rocketed from nowhere to prominence in Minnesota politics just four years ago, resigned as chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota Thursday in the face of explosive allegations that she presided over a toxic organization rife with sexual harassment, bullying and paid-for secrecy. Carnahan will leave with a severance package of roughly […]

Former MNGOP political director says party chair outed, subjected her to months of verbal abuse

BY: - August 17, 2021

A former Minnesota Republican Party staffer is accusing embattled state party Chair Jennifer Carnahan of outing her as queer to party activists, donors and other officials in an effort to undermine her.  Francesca Zeller, who worked for the state Republican Party for eight months, said in a Reformer interview that she was outed by Carnahan […]

Consolidation is driving family farms out of business — Opinion

BY: - August 17, 2021

Every August, Farmfest is a great time to reconnect with farmers and friends and catch up on others we know in common. I was reflecting on some of those people as I drove home from Farmfest this year and started thinking about the “ghost farmsteads.”  You’ve likely heard of ghost towns, early villages which have […]

As riders return, transit system again faces safety, nuisance issues

BY: - August 12, 2021

Cynthia Stuen appeared visibly distraught after getting off of the 721 bus and venturing into Brooklyn Center Transit Center recently. Stuen and her fiancé said they were threatened just before getting off.  “They threatened to kill my fiancé. We got off the bus here, (then) he stole a bike and ran that way,” Stuen said, […]

Fed bank president defiant in face of criticism of his lobbying on state education

BY: - August 5, 2021

The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, has put the full weight of the institution behind an initiative to enshrine quality public education as a fundamental right in the Minnesota constitution. The effort has included phone calls to lobby Minnesota lawmakers, a special website dedicated to pushing the proposal and frequent […]

Frustrated local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating PFAS

BY: - June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Local officials and community leaders on Wednesday pushed Congress to designate toxic chemicals that are contaminating drinking water as hazardous materials, which would trigger federal cleanup standards.   In addition, two Democratic senators from Michigan, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, introduced legislation that would put additional obligations on the Pentagon to initiate cleanup at […]

‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines

BY: - June 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays.  And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month. These are some of the latest incentives and strategies lined up by the Biden administration to boost national vaccinations against COVID-19 leading up to the […]

With antitrust emerging as key concern on Capitol Hill, drug pricing comes to the fore

BY: - June 2, 2021

Congress is beginning to take notice as corporations become increasingly dominant in one or more marketplaces. It’s investigating whether Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are engaging in anticompetitive practices. And Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., just published a book about the need to revive the government’s antitrust powers. But if this is to be a new […]

One year later, few charges for the arson and destruction

BY: - May 27, 2021

More than 1,000 buildings were burned or damaged in Minneapolis in the days after George Floyd’s murder. Criminal charges have been filed in connection with 11 of them. A year after ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed Floyd, setting off days of peaceful protest and nights of widespread destruction, nearly 100 people have faced felony […]

Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by […]