Two wild mallard ducks sitting in ice.

At last, a fine day for golf, for man and dog — until it wasn't

Warm leisure ended instantly when Radar bolted after two ducks, I hollered 'No!' and she broke through the ice.

The Starbucks incident: Two better prescriptions for addressing racial bias

April 25
Starbucks has scheduled training on implicit bias at all of its U.S. stores for May 29. How much will that achieve?
First, let local stores choose what training to do. Second, buy stock and use the clout of ownership.

Counterpoint: Minnesota DNR cannot be neutral when it comes to PolyMet

April 25
PolyMet Mining is proposing to use this former LTV Steel Mining Co. taconite facility near Hoyt Lakes in northeastern Minnesota to process ore from it
It has a conflict of interest on the mine project, so Minnesotans deserve an impartial hearing.
Rex Huppke
French President Emmanuel Macron hugs President Donald Trump during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, April 24,

That's it! We must ban the French!

It's just like them to hold hands and kiss and get all touchy feely, and then turn on you when least expect it.
April 24

Plenty of warning signs, but no easy solutions, in Waffle House shooting

Law enforcement needs authority to keep guns out of the wrong hands.
Multiple authors
April 24
Attendees at the April 10 Minneapolis school board meeting, during which the board voted 5-4 to restore some cuts proposed by district administrators.

Minneapolis school board can and must do better on budget issues

We've been in the role and know its difficulties. It isn't clear, however, that the current board has a thorough or reasonable understanding.
Joe Vene
April 24

Counterpoint: Bemidji is an obvious location for a new veterans home

Northern Minnesota is otherwise a desert for care. Veterans must drive for hours, and a Beltrami County facility could cut that time considerably.
Jocelyn J. Hale
April 24
Bill Murray recently in Rosemount, Ill. He also was in Minneapolis recently, in a show that was, uh, open to interpretation.

What world, exactly, was Bill Murray presenting?

His show "New Worlds," which visited Minneapolis last week, seemed to leverage classic literature and music to celebrate — racism and sexism? Or at least that's how it looked until we left.
April 24
Ask Star Tribune Opinion: What would you like to know about the Legislature?

Ask Star Tribune Opinion: What would you like to know about the Legislature?

The 2018 Minnesota Legislature has been in session since Feb. 20, and we’re guessing you have questions about what’s been going on at the State…
Charles Lane
April 24
The red-blue, rural-urban dichotomy has solidified into a basic fact of American politics. The truth is that the nation’s regions are interdependent

Two nations, indivisible: How red and blue America depend on each other

Viewed in the context of economic production, the Electoral College is doing what it was meant to do.
April 23

Tax Day tech meltdown at the IRS was not a surprise

But it should motivate Congress to stop ignoring the agency.
Darrin Rosha
April 23
The University of Minnesota : A bill in the Legislature would disband the Regent Candidate Advisory Council that was established in 1988 to offer in

Editorial counterpoint: In U regent debate, assassination of character (mine)

Those who are making me a target are simply trying to protect a cozy arrangement for choosing regents.
Jonathan Kahn
April 23
The Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia where two black men waiting for a friend were handcuffed and arrested after a store employee called police.

Starbucks incident: It wasn't implicit bias. It was racism.

And it's not training we need; it's accountability — suspension, dismissal, restriction of duties, demotion.
Steve Andreasen
April 23
At a train station in Seoul, South Korea, last week, viewers watched a TV screen showing file footage of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean

Great expectations could sink diplomacy with North Korea

Better to view these talks as a start, with the word "denuclearization" taking months or even years to define.
John Rash
April 21
Dina Kawar

Rash Report: Jordan's 'rough and tough times' met with admirable compassion

Ambassador Dina Kawar reflects on her nation's resiliency.
Annette Meeks
April 20

Medical Assistance and work requirements: Proposal for able-bodied adults is modest, reasonable

Those seeking to preserve the welfare status quo are relying on myths. This plan would shore up our safety net and yield other benefits.
April 20

The 'how' of passing legislation in Minnesota: Still a mess

Longtime legislator Paul Thissen, on his way to the state Supreme Court, had some thoughts about this.
D.J. Tice
April 20

Duly noted: Supportive research on higher minimum wage

Study: Effects of wage boosts didn't cancel out gains for lowest-paid.
Stephen B. Young
April 20
President Donald Trump, with then-FBI director James Comey on Jan. 22, 2017, at the White House. Handshakes were in the distant past this week.

Ethics and leadership: How much lower can America go?

Trump-Comey sniping pits two narcissists, fitting for these times.
Mark Osler
April 20
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Thursday that he was closing the two-year investigation into Prince’s death.

Fizzling out of Prince case shows that opioids are winning

If a celebrity death and a load of resources couldn't produce charges, what about the other thousands of people who are at risk?
Doug Berdie
April 20
7 habits of highly numerate people

7 habits of highly numerate people

How to protect yourself from misleading data.
Pat Doyle
April 20
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was the subject of a sex scandal detailed in a 24-page report that was recently released by the Missouri House of Represen

How Missouri is showing up Minnesota in legislative transparency

Compare sex-scandal reports on Gov. Greitens, Rep. Cornish. What is our state hiding?
Steve Schulz
April 20
The St. Paul Cathedral.

The civil process is blocking what clergy-abuse survivors need most

We need healing. Money can't buy that, and adversarial litigation hurts. Drawing on tenets of restorative justice might help greatly.
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