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The great siphoning: Drought-stricken areas eye the Great Lakes

"Water, water everywhere" is the egalitarian vision of those who don't have enough of it and would like to tap the Great Lakes to get it.

Questions for candidates in Minnesota's 2018 campaign

May 25
On legislative effectiveness, the rural-urban divide and much more.

So you 'banned the box.' How did that work out?

May 25
According to research, there have been unintended racial consequences.

Even at borders, smartphone searches must be reasonable

Customs agents can only act if they have "reasonable suspicion."
Jeff Van Wychen
May 25
Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the tax bill on Wednesday.

Counterpoint: Gov. Dayton made the right call in vetoing state tax bill

We're better served by his priorities of tax relief for families, education investments and fiscal stability than by more corporate tax breaks.
John Rash
May 25
The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.

'Amazing' state needs governance to match it

Enduring political paralysis risks marring Minnesota's brand.
Sandy Lewandowski
May 25

School safety: Resources for student mental health are a must

Schools for high-need students do all they can to secure safety, but more is needed to get at the problem's roots.
Viorica Marian
May 25

A tough lesson on Twitter or, yes, I won the internet

First my joke went viral; then came the stinging backlash. It was a big reminder of how we must change how we interact.
Timothy Snyder
May 25
Swastika carved into green at Lakeville golf course. Mowers at the Crystal Lake public golf course found an unwelcome symbol on one of their greens ea

Fascism is back. Blame the internet.

It's the greatest tool ever devised for targeting propaganda to manipulate tribal fears and resentments.
May 24

The NFL caves to Trump with edict on national anthem

It's un-American to prohibit players from expressing their opinions.
Mike Kuhle
May 24
An entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Counterpoint: Why latest U regent pick deserves the board seat

Star Tribune column's rude tone was demeaning to educator-businessman.
Mary Christine Bader
May 24
Israeli soldiers stood guard on a watch tower in a community along the Israel- Gaza border last week as thousands joined funeral processions for some

Israel-Palestine: How can the U.S. turn its eyes from Gaza deaths?

Israel's use of disproportionate and lethal force is contrary to American values. So is backing an ally no matter what it does.
Eli Lake
May 24
President Donald Trump, left, and national security adviser John Bolton met last month in the Cabinet Room of the White House.

Are those John Bolton's fingerprints on Kim Jong Un's cold feet?

How President Trump, like Ronald Reagan before him, can win a tense showdown by simply walking away.
May 24
FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to participants of the annual March for Life event, in the Rose Garden of the W

Why evangelicals stand by Trump: He's the bravest pro-life president ever

In this as in many things, he promises what other Republicans promise — but then he delivers.
May 23
Minnesota Gov. MArk Dayton, heading to speak with reporters after meeting with Republican leaders at the Capitol last Friday. The DFL governor on Wedn

Dayton's objections to now-vetoed tax bill stand on shaky ground

Numbers don't back his claim of excessive corporate favoritism. And trying to capture more from firms' foreign earnings could be risky.
Zack Taylor
May 23
U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., with a copy of a measure he introduced that would would require the Met Council’s decisionmaking body to include loc

The Met Council: Before curing its makeup, understand its history

The council's creators did indeed care deeply about democratic accountability — and chose to have the governor appoint members.
Jonathan Weinhagen
May 23
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber, the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and East Metro Strong advocated during the 2018 legislative session for additi

2018 Legislature missed the boat on transit funding

More rapid bus lines would be a good place to start before we fall further behind peer cities.
May 23
The U.S. Capitol

Financial resilience takes a hit as Congress targets Dodd-Frank

Federal Reserve needs to ensure banking backslide doesn't go too far.
May 22

Mandatory arbitration is a bad policy that hurts workers

Congress needs to restore workers' ability to seek redress in the courts.
Josh Berg
May 22

Counterpoint: Most elder care in Minnesota is good, and helpful improvements can't be rushed

Star Tribune coverage of this topic seems meant to scare people and sell papers. Instead, let's do meaningful, collaborative work.
JacLynn Herron
May 22
Supporters of measures to protect seniors from abuse gathered outside the Minnesota House chambers on Friday, pressing for action.

Minnesota Legislature's inaction on elder care triggers nursing home flashbacks

As it was in my mother's care setting, it was at the Legislature: people with good intentions, burdened by obstacles, failing to make substantive improvements.
Fritz Corrigan
May 22
The Mosaic Company’s corporate offices in Plymouth. Mosaic, a Fortune 500 company, is moving its headquarters from Minnesota to Tampa, Fla.

Mosaic's departure is a wake-up call for Minnesota

Counterpoint: The company is leaving a wintry, high-tax state for Florida's warmer, friendlier business climate. Don't delude yourselves. This is a big deal.
Matthew Miller
May 22
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrived for a meeting at the White House on Monday, May 21, 2018.

Rod Rosenstein's dangerous gamble

In the hope of preserving the Russia probe, the deputy attorney general surrendered ground to President Donald Trump, who is severely testing the limits of interference.
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