State + Local
May 3, 2017
As fellow students walked in shorts, freshmen Julie Kurth worked on a law paper and Alexandra Davis polished her creative writing portfolio. As sunny

Would cutting out student fees make college in Minnesota more affordable?

In light of state legislation to make student fees optional, we analyzed data on tuition and fees at Minnesota's public colleges and universities.
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April 24, 2017
City of Minneapolis plows drivers salted intersections and plowed trouble spots across the city on Feb. 7, 2013.

Could brine be the solution to Minnesota's road salt problem?

The Minnesota Department of Transportation used more brine solution before snowy weather this winter than in years past, but traditional salt and sand are still heavily used.
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April 21, 2017
A commuter flow-based regionalization of the United States.

What would the Twin Cities look like as a mega-region?

A map created by university researchers reveals the Twin Cities to be the center of its own universe of commuters.
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April 2, 2017

Yes, Minnesota has a low prison population, but that's not the whole story

Policymakers often cite Minnesota's low prison population, but the state also has one of the highest rates of probation in the country -- a restrictive punishment that often serves as a back door to incarceration.
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March 22, 2017
The housing market began crashing in 2007.

Minnesota foreclosures reach lowest level in more than a decade

Data on sheriff's sales in each county show how the foreclosure crisis has slowed, although hot spots remain.
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March 18, 2017
Find the hot housing markets in the Twin Cities

Find the hot housing markets in the Twin Cities

Are you living in a hot housing market? To find out, the Star Tribune’s housing market index combines four key housing metrics for cities with…
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March 17, 2017
Minnesota had the nation's highest voter turnout - again. Here's one reason why

Minnesota had the nation's highest voter turnout - again. Here's one reason why

While Minnesota saw a slight downturn in voter turnout since 2012, it still led the pack nationally in 2016.
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March 2, 2017
April 19, 1993 City Academy, Minnesota's first charter school. Terry Kraabel, second from right, conducted a class in nutrition in the recreation cent

Charter school enrollment is surging in Minnesota

New data on Minnesota schools show immense growth in enrollment at charter schools. Below, check specific schools to see how enrollment has changed.
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February 25, 2017
August 23, 1944 The charming Lamberton Twins, Donna and Ellisa.

There really are more twins and triplets in Minnesota

Data on births in Minnesota show how the rate of multiple births rose over the past three decades.
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February 16, 2017
Sen. Jeff Sessions, shown testifying last month, was confirmed Wednesday as attorney general by a 52-47 Senate vote.

Is violent crime on the rise, or isn't it? A look at Trump and Sessions' math

President Trump and new Attorney General Jeff Sessions keep saying violent crime is high. Is that true?
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February 6, 2017
Joey McLeister/Star Tribune Burnsville,Mn.,Thurs.,July 8, 2004--Eric Olson, one of the Junk Squad employees, helps unload the last pieces of junk from

To bury or burn? Why we're landfilling more than before

The amount of Twin Cities waste being sent to landfills has far outpaced additional trash being generated in the last quarter century. State officials attribute much of the rise to a decline in burning garbage.
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February 4, 2017
Explore how much Minnesota lawmakers got for their expenses

Explore how much Minnesota lawmakers got for their expenses

Find out what your lawmakers in the Minnesota House and Senate were reimbursed for job-related expenses in 2016.
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February 2, 2017
Where money flowed in the 2016 battle for the Legislature

Where money flowed in the 2016 battle for the Legislature

Campaign finance data show where Minnesota candidates and outside interest groups are raised and spent the most money.
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February 2, 2017
Monticello quarterback Nick Zwack (17) attempted a pass in the second quarter of a game on Oct 25, 2016.

Prep football participation declining — but not just because of concussions

Despite talk of concussion concerns, don't be fooled into thinking it's single-handedly driving down high school football participation. Here's what the numbers show.
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January 28, 2017
During lunch, Jose Quiroz Cantoran, left, and Candida Mendez, talked and watched CNN in Spanish as they listened to news regarding President Trump's e

Trump's immigration order covers homelands of thousands of Minnesotans

It's yet to be seen how these tough-on-immigration policies will play out nationally, but they're almost certain to have dramatic implications for Minnesota's increasingly diverse population.
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January 19, 2017
President Barack Obama holds up a jersey as he poses for a photo in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2016, during a ce

Was Obama's presidency good for Minnesota?

We look at how Minnesota has changed during the Obama years, from economic indicators to gay marriage to professional sports teams' success.
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January 12, 2017

8 charts that show changes in Minnesota's gun culture

Seventeen years of firearm background check data illustrates a move toward handguns, while numbers on rifles and shotguns hold steady.
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January 6, 2017
'It could have been worse': Minnesota's weather in 2016 was, in a word, wet

'It could have been worse': Minnesota's weather in 2016 was, in a word, wet

Minnesotans weren't able to use one of their favorite phrases – "We could use some rain!" – in 2016. The Twin Cities broke the record for annual rainfall – with 40.3 inches.
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December 27, 2016

Our most popular and interesting charts, maps and interactives of 2016

We're revisiting a few of our favorite Data Drop stories from this past year, in case you missed them.
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December 20, 2016
Farmer Jim York returns to his farm on Highway 30 after raking ditch hay with his International Harvester Farmall 400 tractor in Lake Wilson, MN.

Work-related deaths in Minnesota were up in 2015

Newly-released data showed an increase in women dying on the job and in farm-related deaths.
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December 19, 2016
A bin at the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant in St.Paul, holding non-biodegradable materials caught by screens early in the treatment process.

What the flows at metro wastewater plants reveal about our bodily habits

Wastewater entering the treatment plant in St. Paul illustrates facets of life in the Twin Cities, including when we flush and what we send their way.
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December 16, 2016
How common is your last name? Type it in here

How common is your last name? Type it in here

New U.S. Census Bureau data on frequency of surnames shows the changing racial makeup of the nation.
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December 9, 2016
Friendship Village resident Gary Nelson, left, watches as Rich Young decides on his next move as he plays 17-year-old chess expert Connor Quinn, not p

Educated urbanites, aging rural residents are focus of new census report

New American Community Survey data offer a new, detailed look at demographic trends throughout the state.
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December 4, 2016
Does it cost more in taxes to own a home in Minneapolis or St. Paul?

Does it cost more in taxes to own a home in Minneapolis or St. Paul?

The two cities are finalizing their 2017 budgets, but city taxes make up a small share of a homeowners' total obligation for services.
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November 21, 2016
Talking turkey: Minnesota is the land of 44 million

Talking turkey: Minnesota is the land of 44 million

Minnesota is the nation's leading turkey producer, accounting for 18 percent of all turkeys raised in the U.S.