St. Paul teacher pay second-highest in the state

BY: - March 5, 2020

The average St. Paul Public Schools teacher salary of $75,199 was one of the highest in Minnesota last year, second only to the average pay in Edina Public Schools, according to data from the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.  Their wages relative to their fellow Minnesota teachers may help explain why St. Paul […]

Klobuchar emerges from Minnesota primary with scars but victorious in push to quell Sanders’ progressive rise

BY: - March 4, 2020

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s yearlong quest to become her party’s candidate for president may have ended abruptly Monday, but she has now emerged as a serious contender for vice presidential nominee after her full-throated endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden appears to have clinched her home state for him. “We won Minnesota because of Amy […]

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Biden wins half of Minnesota’s delegates after strong finish in the state

BY: - March 4, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden amassed 38 of Minnesota’s 75 delegates that were up for grabs Tuesday, after his victory in the state’s primary.  The Minnesota DFL on Tuesday announced Biden’s delegate haul. Sen. Bernie Sanders earned 27 delegates, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren earned 10 delegates.  With 1,991 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination, […]

Marshall is the site of a potentially litigious battle over a rainbow flag at a middle school

BY: - March 3, 2020

MARSHALL — The battle over a flag supporting LBGTQ students at a middle school here rages on amid threats of litigation on both sides. Advocates for LBGTQ students at Marshall Middle School said they have contacted the ACLU and will consider legal action if district administrators remove a rainbow pride flag that has sparked debate in […]

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) delivers remarks about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a mark up hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Sept. 28, 2018.

Klobuchar suspends presidential campaign; endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden

BY: - March 2, 2020

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is suspending her presidential campaign and preparing to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign event in Dallas, a campaign aide confirmed on Monday. Klobuchar, the senior senator from Minnesota, outlasted a number of other Democratic hopefuls, including former South Bend Mayor Peter Buttigieg, who dropped out of the […]

Walz says Minnesota ready for potential coronavirus spread: ‘Preparation is not panic’

BY: and - March 2, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz, the state’s top health official and legislative leaders sought to reassure the public Monday that they are working to prepare for the eventual arrival of the novel coronavirus to Minnesota.  Walz, along with a bipartisan group of state legislative leaders, emerged from a briefing with officials from the Minnesota Department of Health, […]

Early voting in Minnesota spiked before Super Tuesday

BY: - March 2, 2020

Early voting in Minnesota spiked in the week before the 2020 presidential primary, with nearly 30,000 voters casting ballots between Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State. Almost as many ballots were cast that week as in the previous five weeks since Jan. 17, when absentee voting began in Minnesota. […]

Saint Paul teachers threaten strike over mental health care for students

BY: - March 2, 2020

The threat of a teachers strike in Saint Paul beginning March 10 has shined a glaring light on an emerging crisis in schools both here and nationwide — untreated childhood mental illness.  The Saint Paul union says student mental health concerns are so urgent that they’re willing to walk out to push for more resources, […]

Six takeaways from Minnesota budget forecast, including coronavirus, inflation, GOP tax cuts

BY: and - February 27, 2020

Minnesota’s projected budget surplus grew modestly, state budget officials said Thursday, swelling to $1.5 billion and immediately touching off fresh debate at the Capitol over legislative spending priorities. But looming over the forecast presentation was the unpredictable impact of the spreading coronavirus on the global economy. State legislative leaders said Thursday they will work to […]

Nearly 37,000 Minnesotans have already voted in the presidential primary

BY: - February 27, 2020

More than 36,700 Minnesotans have already voted in this year’s presidential primary, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State. Absentee voting for the primary opened on Jan. 17, roughly six weeks before Super Tuesday, when residents in fourteen states — including Minnesota — will hold nominating contests. This year will be the first since 1992 that […]

Minnesota budget surplus grows to $1.5 billion

BY: - February 27, 2020

Minnesota’s projected budget surplus grew modestly, rising to $1.5 billion, state budget officials said Thursday. The twice-yearly budget and economic forecast is sure to touch off fresh debate among lawmakers who are deciding how to spend the anticipated budget surplus, which previously stood at $1.3 billion. The Minnesota Management and Budget office said in a […]

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Why Minneapolis’ housing authority is selling 717 homes to itself

BY: - February 27, 2020

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority will sell 717 of its housing units to a non-profit organization it created and runs called Community Housing Resources — one of the largest transactions of its kind in the country. MPHA’s Board of Commissioners approved the sale — at $1 per property — at its meeting Wednesday. And then […]