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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 […]

Senate DFLers aim to win back a key suburban district previously represented by a Democrat after GOP retirement

BY: - February 14, 2020

Minnesota DFLers on Friday immediately seized on the retirement announced by one-term state Senator Paul Anderson, R-Plymouth. In their effort to win back the majority in the Senate, state Democrats are targeting a number of key Senate races, including Anderson’s.  The Senate district, which encompasses the cities Plymouth, Minnetonka and Woodland, had been previously represented […]

Minnesota teachers still overwhelmingly white as student population becomes more diverse

BY: - February 14, 2020

Teachers across the United States are predominantly white, even as students of color make up a majority of those enrolled in public schools. Minnesota is no exception to this disparity: one in 20 teachers here are people of color, compared to one in three students. Research shows teacher diversity has a bevy of benefits for […]

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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 […]

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Rep. Tom Emmer on the rise in Washington and winning friends on Wall Street

BY: - February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer peered over the shoulders of his fellow GOP lawmakers to get a glimpse of President Donald Trump.  It was May 2018, and the president was signing legislation that scaled back some of the banking regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis. Emmer and other lawmakers who helped push the […]

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 […]

Refugees from 32 countries resettled in Minnesota in 2018. Where do they live?

BY: - February 12, 2020

More than 800 refugees settled across 20 Minnesota counties in 2019 — continuing a sharply downward trend since the election of President Donald Trump, according to the most recent available data from Minnesota Department of Human Services. Beltrami County made national headlines in January when it became the first county in the state to vote […]

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 […]