Public Policy

Ness looks to Duluth's bright future in his final State of the City address

Duluth Mayor Don Ness gave his final state of the city address Monday, detailing why he is optimistic about the city’s future. Ness announced last fall he would not seek a third term, saying...

March 03, 2015

Congress members fight for Somali-Americans unable to send money back home

It’s a policy that makes a lot of sense on paper: restrict money transfers to countries where there’s suspected terrorist activity, so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. But...

March 01, 2015

Budget surplus puts Dayton, Republicans on collision course over gas tax

Governor Mark Dayton and House Republicans are on collision course over the former’s proposed gas tax, in the wake of Minnesota reporting a $1.9 billion budget surplus Friday. Dayton...

February 28, 2015

Minnesota has a projected surplus of $1.9B – so what should we do with it?

Minnesota’s budget surplus, projected at about $1 billion just a few months ago, is actually nearly double that amount. The state’s Management and Budget Office said Friday the state...

February 27, 2015

Telecommute to your doctor's office? Bill would make insurance cover it

With doctors and patients making more use of “telemedicine,” some Minnesota lawmakers say insurance companies should be required to cover appointments that occur over a computer...

February 25, 2015

The Commons

From Soothing Respite To Furious Make-Out Spot, Design Ideas For Downtown 'Commons' Run The Gamut

The new park will come in two parts. An interim version will open in 2016, with the fully developed Downtown Commons debuting in late 2017

February 25, 2015

If you get a parking fine in Stillwater, you can pay it off by donating food

If you’re landed with a parking ticket in Stillwater next month, your bank balance won’t necessarily take a hit – but your pantry might. A new initiative running in the city throughout...

February 25, 2015

Minnesota Somalis unite to denounce Mall of America terror threat

Somali groups and leaders in Minnesota are uniting to condemn the recent al-Shabab video, which calls for an attack on the Mall of America – while also battling prejudices that may unfairly paint...

February 24, 2015

Bill would allow workers to refuse 'clopen' shifts, get schedule 3 weeks out

A new bill making its way through the state legislature would help assure hourly employees get a little more sleep between shifts. The proposal takes on “clopening,” a nickname for back...

February 23, 2015

Officials: No credible terrorist threat, but vigilance urged at Mall of America

If you visit the Mall of America to shop, eat, go on amusement park rides or catch a movie, you will likely note more uniformed officers on duty than usual. MPR News news reports that the...

February 23, 2015

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