Recent content from MaryJo Webster
Whether you favor perennial favorites or trendier names, see how popular they've been in 2017 -- and in all the years going back to 1910.
Tim Pawlenty has the money and name recognition to skip an unpredictable GOP endorsement convention and head straight to the primary.
From 2007 to 2017, Minnesota jurisdictions made at least 933 payouts for alleged misconduct. And they're on the rise.
While interest in the east metro district is high, there are limits to how much it can grow.
In Minneapolis, the overall graduation rate dipped by one percentage point; St. Paul graduation rates inched up one point. A wide gap between white students and students of color persists.
For the second year, the Star Tribune compared home sale data in the Twin Cities to determine which cities had the hottest markets in 2017. How did your city fare?
In-demand communities have affordable homes along commuter routes. Low-key Little Canada and Brooklyn Center posted the biggest gains in the index compiled by the Star Tribune.
Black motorists also were almost three times as likely to be frisked or searched.
Large imbalance in money raised last year has some in the GOP worried.
As of the most recent filing, the DFL's gubernatorial candidates are out-raising the GOP.
Minnetonka school officials criticized on two fronts: Race and numbers.
A Star Tribune analysis shows the Vikings do unexpectedly lose a significant number of postseason games, but aren't necessarily the worst.
Try your hand as demographer and draw where you think the trend lines go.
The state's businesses stand to get large tax cuts, while limits on deductions for state and local taxes could pinch individuals and families who itemize.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau estimates how much students influence poverty rates.
U.S. Census Bureau data released last week sheds light on demographics and economics of counties and other small areas.
Officers with convictions – which might have cost them their careers in other states – can exploit weaknesses in Minnesota's licensing rules to keep their jobs.
In Oregon, police officers can be disciplined for infractions that wouldn't even trigger a state review here. The northwestern state has become a national model for rigorous licensing, with lessons for Minnesota in police accountability and improving public confidence.
Over the past two decades, hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement officers have been convicted of criminal offenses. Most were never disciplined by the state. More than 140 are still on the job.
The state rarely sanctions police officers in domestic violence cases, a glaring weakness that police chiefs and victim advocates say needs to change.
Parents are going the distance to enroll their children in schools that offer the programs and services they want, effectively redrawing the map of district boundaries in the process.
Reasons for leaving the district range from safety concerns to a belief that academics elsewhere are better than in Minneapolis, which has struggled for years to close the achievement gap between white and black students.
Black, Hispanic and American Indian households in Minnesota made modest economic gains last year, but remain far behind whites and Asians, according to new census data.
In Minneapolis and St. Paul, a third of the students are now leaving for other districts. The student flight is magnifying budget pressures and transforming the racial diversity of metro-area schools.
The trend seems to reflect more restrictive licensing laws and changes in teen interests and behavior.
"It's frustrating to see test scores slowly increasing over time, but there's more to providing a student with a well-rounded education than can be seen in a test," Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a statement.
Use the database to track your school's proficiency in math and reading.
Before Wednesday’s explosion at Minnehaha Academy, gas distribution lines have experienced at least 41 major accidents in Minnesota since 2004, federal data show. The most…
State leaders set aside $2.5 billion for the program over the past decade, allowing the state to more aggressively tackle a backlog of bridge repairs. It also has left the state with one of the lowest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the nation.
More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
President Trump's vow to renegotiate the trade pact with Canada and Mexico could have big impact on Minnesota's economy.
A lot has changed in the 150 years since the Star Tribune began as the Minneapolis Tribune. Here's a look at why the 1860s were a pivotal decade of change for Minnesotans.
More than 20 percent of metro homeowners who have a mortgage wouldn't clear enough money in a sale to cover real estate commissions and other selling costs and to make a down payment on another home, according to a Star Tribune analysis.
More than 20 percent of Twin Cities mortgaged homeowners don't have enough equity to cover the cost of selling and moving up, stifling house listings.
The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters about distracted driving. Here's what they said: table…
The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters if they approve or disapprove of Gov. Mark Dayton's…
The most recent Star Tribune Poll, conducted April 24 to April 26, asked registered Minnesota voters several questions about their healthcare and debates surrounding the…
The most recent Star Tribune Poll, conducted April 24 to April 26, asked registered Minnesota voters several questions about President Trump's foreign policy proposals and…
To mark President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, the Star Tribune polled registered Minnesota voters between April 24 and April 26. Highlights from…
The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters if they approve or disapprove of the job performances…
Data on sheriff's sales in each county show how the foreclosure crisis has slowed, although hot spots remain.
A Star Tribune analysis found that metro and greater Minnesota taxpayers each provide about half the money for Minnesota's roads and bridges, but greater Minnesota gets twice as much back in projects.
Affordable areas near urban amenities are in demand – like Richfield.
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…
Data on births in Minnesota show how the rate of multiple births rose over the past three decades.
Find out what your lawmakers in the Minnesota House and Senate were reimbursed for job-related expenses in 2016.
The two sides spent much of the money on fewer than two dozen legislative races, with totals on some topping $1 million.
Campaign finance data show where Minnesota candidates and outside interest groups are raised and spent the most money.
We look at how Minnesota has changed during the Obama years, from economic indicators to gay marriage to professional sports teams' success.
Newly-released data showed an increase in women dying on the job and in farm-related deaths.
New U.S. Census Bureau data on frequency of surnames shows the changing racial makeup of the nation.
Black leaders said the findings provide empirical weight to the anecdotes and troubling police encounters the black community has long experienced.
More than 140 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
The largest increases in percentage of voting-age residents casting ballots were in central Minnesota, counties that supported Trump, according to a Star Tribune analysis.
See the major trends and takeaways from America's historic and odds-defying night in Minnesota and nationwide.
Voter turnout dropped in Minnesota, yet it was strong enough that the state has likely regained its No. 1 spot.About 74 percent of eligible voters…
The Republican president-to-be won in a number of greater Minnesota counties that were previously won by Barack Obama in 2012, while Hillary Clinton racked up her Minnesota-winning tally in the bigger cities.
A new analysis of absentee voter data, obtained Monday just a few hours before the close of early voting, shows that young people have started…
Older citizens, city dwellers first in line for state's expanded early voting, data show.
We crunched some data for an unscientific look at where you might find the sweetest results from trick-or-treating.
The candidate shortage at the local level has some worried about future of civic leadership in Minnesota.
Without a statewide race for governor or U.S. Senate this November, the attention and money of the state's wealthiest interests are focused on the Capitol.
Minnesota crash statistics paint a glum picture of pedestrian deaths in 2016, and the long-term trends around pedestrian injuries aren't much better.
Explore the current and historical balance of power in the Senate, this fall's most important races and profiles for every district.
Racial earnings gap persists, but some see signs of progress.
Taken from homes, American Indian children have flooded Minnesota's foster system: Less than 2 percent of children in Minnesota are Indian, but they make up nearly a quarter of the state's foster care population.
Minnesota judges place American Indian children into foster care in numbers that surpass any other state — and the breakup of Indian families is accelerating.
Explore the current and historical balance of power in the House, this fall's most important races and profiles for every district.
The trend is especially pronounced in Minneapolis high schools and raises questions about accuracy of test scores.
The number of emergency room visits, mostly from young people, especially men, have been increasing in recent years.
At a time when police are facing intense scrutiny over the use of force, more law enforcement officials agree with Beckie O'Connor that officers need more training. Yet no one is taking charge.
More than 307 million people visited hundreds of sites last year, including some of our favorites in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Shortcomings in public data have obscured a full accounting of the cases.
Not just for the franchise, not just for the year -- but compared to every bad team every season at this point going back to 1980, the Twins are ... not looking very good.
More from Star Tribune