A rendering of United Properties’ proposed Gateway tower development in downtown Minneapolis, at Hennepin, Washington and Nicollet avenues.

Replacing blight, Minneapolis can add a valuable Gateway

City Council has an opportunity to make history with Friday vote on 37-story downtown project.

Walz, Daudt appear united on challenge of shutdown relief

January 15
Gov. Tim Walz, left, spoke with Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt just before a briefing for reporters on Monday in St. Paul.
Consequences for Minnesota could be dire if federal brinkmanship continues.

Trump and Russia: Americans need answers

January 14
President Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki last July. The Washington Post reported last week
FBI probe, Trump's secrecy on meetings with Putin show why Mueller probe needs protection.
Editorial
January 11
The electrolier was illuminated at the Minnesota State Capitol on Tuesday, the first day of the 91st Minnesota legislative session.

Start the session with 'early wins' for Minnesota

A new crop of legislative leaders can prove their ability to work together now.
Editorial
January 11
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Tracking investment in Minnesota's early learning system

If used wisely, federal grant will help state assess its many programs.
Editorial
January 11
The sign outside City Hall in Barron, Wis., on Friday reflected developments in the case of Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl who

Welcome home — and thanks, Jayme

Teen's courage and community's caring are an inspiration — and a reminder of what unites us.
Editorial
January 10

Expand Minnesota's Safe Harbor for sex trafficking victims

Legislature should extend protections for those who are exploited — regardless of age.
Editorial
January 9
In an image taken from video, President Donald Trump spoke to the nation Tuesday about border security and the partial government shutdown.

Let's determine the best way to secure the southern border

There's no crisis, but a full assessment is needed to come up with a smart plan.
Editorial
January 8
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Here's a chance to add more more transparency on campaign ads

Minnesotans have the right to know who is paying for issue ads meant to sway elections.
Editorial
January 7
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Minnesota Legislature faces a health care funding dilemma

Minnesota Medical Association hopes to solve problem of disappearing provider tax.
Editorial
January 4

Minneapolis schools have more work to do on enrollment, finances

Improved financial management is encouraging, but more must be done.
Editorial
January 4
The Minnesota State Capitol. The 2019 Legislature is scheduled to begin at noon Tuesday. It must adjourn by May 20.

Minnesota's new leaders must build bridges

It's time to stop all-or-nothing politics and value the art of legislative compromise.
Editorial
January 4
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A positive trend ends: Fewer U.S. kids have health care coverage

New report shows that a decade of steady progress has halted nationwide.
Editorial
January 3
Last April, a soldier with the Manbij Military Council, a U.S.-backed militia, spoke with an American soldier near Manbij, a town in northern Syria. W

U.S. is still sending mixed signals on Syria

While adversaries gain, regional and global allies will wonder whether to trust Trump.
Editorial
January 2
One of the issues that will be facing Minnesota legislators when they convene this month in St. Paul is whether to extend a health reinsurance program

Minnesota needs answers, solutions for federal health aid hit

New analysis shows state trailed far behind others on reinsurance dollars.
Editorial
December 31, 2018
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Modest hopes for Minnesota and the nation in 2019

Reasonable wishes for more rational, fact-based decisionmaking.
Editorial
December 31, 2018
President Donald Trump listened as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke during a roundtable discussion on the Federal Commission on School Safety

Some hits and misses in federal panel's school safety report

Several suggestions seemed tone-deaf to solid research and public opinion.
Editorial
December 28, 2018
The chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, was the target of twitter criticism from President Donald Trump when markets took a dive recently.

Why America needs an independent Fed

Trump's attacks highlight the need for sound policy over political motivation.
Editorial
December 28, 2018
Vikings fan Andrew Grein of Edina walked through a crowd of hostile Eagle fans before kickoff of the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field

From the Vikings to Trump: The most-read Star Tribune opinions in 2018

The following excerpts are from Star Tribune opinion articles ranked by highest online readership this year. To read them in their entirety, go to
Editorial
December 27, 2018
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie testified last week before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees. Wilkie bec

VA fumbles on suicide prevention outreach

It needs to do everything possible to prevent suicides among U.S. vets struggling at home.
Editorial
December 26, 2018
In this file photo, a device called a “bump stock” is attached to a semi-automatic rifle. The Trump administration is moving to ban bump stocks, w

Congress, codify bump-stock ban

President Donald Trump rightly acted; now lawmakers should pass a law to curb these devices.
Editorial
December 21, 2018
This is a portion of an editorial cartoon from the Dec. 25, 1926, issue of the Minneapolis Star.

From the archives: Hold on to the spirit of this golden day

The greatest gift this Christmas won't be found in a stocking or under a tree.
Editorial
December 21, 2018
In May, Gov. Mark Dayton reflected on the final days of the 2018 legislative session in the library of the Governor’s Residence. Dayton is wrapping

A fanfare for a humble Minnesota governor

Mark Dayton has served this state long and honorably in many roles.
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