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Jill Burcum

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Jill Burcum has been an editorial writer since March 2008, joining the Editorial Board after working in the Star Tribune newsroom as an editor and reporter. She writes on a broad range of topics, including health care, water quality and American Indian issues. Her “Separate and Unequal” series on dilapidated Bureau of Indian Education schools was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial writing. Burcum also testified before Congress in 2015 about these schools’ poor condition. Burcum graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 1991 and started her career as a reporter for the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Burcum has previously worked for Mayo Clinic and Ican Inc. She lives in Andover with her husband and two children.
Recent content from Jill Burcum
Minnesota's auditor has earned praise and another term

Minnesota's auditor has earned praise and another term

For three decades, Jim Nobles has brought accountability to state government.
Go, Batkid, go!

Go, Batkid, go!

5-year-old cancer patient's big day and dream come true was fun for all.
Ideology ratings: Minnesota's John Kline and Al Franken

Ideology ratings: Minnesota's John Kline and Al Franken

The National Journal calculated its rankings based on roll-call votes on key issues.
Olympic wrestling: Tradition and ideals take a fall

Olympic wrestling: Tradition and ideals take a fall

The Olympics without wrestling will sting especially hard in Minnesota.
The United States -- a nation of nations

The United States -- a nation of nations

America's stew is more complex than you think. But somehow its people usually find common ground when it matters most.
Cashing in on doomsday

Cashing in on doomsday

Many so-called end-of-the-world prophets are really all about profit.
Fiscal responsibility, gangnam style

Fiscal responsibility, gangnam style

An 81-year-old former senator has a message about the fiscal cliff for the "old coots" in Congress.
Biden's awkward moment

Biden's awkward moment

Vice president serves up monologue fodder at biker hangout.
Health care: A prairie vision

Health care: A prairie vision

By administering Medicaid at a local level, an initiative in southwestern Minnesota hopes to save money and improve care. It could well be a pioneering model.
A gymnast's resolve

A gymnast's resolve

Jordyn Wieber displayed the heart of a champion.
Rescue effort is a point of pride

Rescue effort is a point of pride

Minnesota State Trooper Carl Hoffman did Minnesota proud this week with his quick, life-saving thinking.
In remembrance of an editor

In remembrance of an editor

Rochester Post-Bulletin's Greg Sellnow will be missed.
Key test for Bachmann: Bridge bill needs House passage

Key test for Bachmann: Bridge bill needs House passage

Bachmann needs to prove she's a workhorse, not a show horse. Now's her chance.
Romney falls short on Medicare reform

Romney falls short on Medicare reform

The GOP presidential candidate's Medicare reform plan is a miss.

Sunshine act inaction: Industry letter may clear the way

A letter sent Tuesday by medical-industry heavyweights is striking in this era of antiregulatory fervor.
Editorial: Obama deficit plan - the debate is familiar

Editorial: Obama deficit plan - the debate is familiar

What's needed is real tax reform. But don't expect it.
'Tis the season

'Tis the season

Maybe we need an early Christmas.
In praise of heat

In praise of heat

It's impossible in this Amazon rainforest heat to venture outside and not feel like a soggy, oversteamed vegetable in less than a minute.
Jill Burcum: Will Wisconsin be the GOP's 'overreach' moment?

Jill Burcum: Will Wisconsin be the GOP's 'overreach' moment?

Also weighing in on Walker's behalf: Americans for Prosperity, a group with strong ties to billionaire oilman David Koch. Koch was the Libertarian Party's 1980 vice presidential candidate; his platform called for abolishing Social Security, the minimum wage and almost all federal agencies while legalizing recreational drugs, suicide and prostitution.

So far, health summit highlights differences

  Differences bridged: zero. Lines drawn in the sand: too many to count. That’s how things stand after the chaotic morning go-round at the historic…

Healthcare heavyweights call for reform

      At times, it’s felt like President Obama is the only one out there trying to resuscitate health care reform after Republican Scott…

Governor fires back at Bemidji mayor

The dispute between Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Bemidji mayor Richard Lehmann over Local Government Aid continued Friday on Pawlenty's WCCO radio show. The governor cited…

Jill Burcum: Appraising Pawlenty: 'Swagger’ was noticed at summit

Tim Pawlenty may not have won the straw poll at the recent Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit, but his speech got an ad hoc "Best of Class" award from a contributor to the conservative political magazine American Spectator.

Jill Burcum: Grassley rips health care reform bills

Charles Grassley, the senior senator from the state to the south, sent out a long, long screed Monday warning that health care bills in the…

Jill Burcum: Event for hikers

In late September, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he'd request maximum leniency and expediency in handling the case of three American hikers detained by his nation since July. So far, his promise has meant nothing. Minnesota native and journalist Shane Bauer, his girlfriend Sarah Shourd and their friend Josh Fattal remained imprisoned in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran.

Jill Burcum: The stimulus in only 1,588 pages

The economic stimulus plan has a price tag within shouting distance of $1 trillion. So what does that mindboggling amount of money buy the nation?

Jill Burcum: 'Death panel' fears: Mayo Clinic refutes them

The Economist magazine dubbed Mayo Clinic one of the nation's most influential voices in the health care reform debate. President Obama has cited the Rochester medical center in many speeches.

A black-and-white blast from the past

Long-forgotten photos from Iowa in the early 1940s finally see the light of day.

Parasites are proof that we are never alone

Next time you count your blessings, consider the humble sewer. Without a sewage system to whisk away fecal matter, you'd be home to even more…
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