The Minnesota State Capitol as seen from downtown St. Paul.

Election security aid remains held hostage in Minnesota

The one-year holdup of funds in the Legislature must end.

A compassionate decision on mental health center in Elk River

February 22
Other Minnesota communities should follow city's compassionate lead.

Legislature should fix state's flawed probation system to focus resources, better assist ex-offenders' return to society.

February 21
Minnesota probation system reforms should be approved.
February 20
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, laying out his two-year state budget proposal on Tuesday in St. Paul. The plan would cover the fiscal period running from Jul

Walz offers an overly ambitious first try on budget

But Republicans must negotiate in good faith, offer real alternatives.
February 19
A dose of the vaccine that protects against measles, mumps and rubella. Vaccination rates for children in Minnesota vary across the state’s counties

Minnesota bill would counter dangerous vaccine disinformation

Funding for outreach, education is needed as measles cases are confirmed in 10 states.
February 18
Vice President Mike Pence, speaking Saturday at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. A reference he made to President Donald Trum

Act now to strongly defend U.S.-European ties

A dangerous transatlantic divide is growing deeper under President Donald Trump.
February 15
President Donald Trump, speaking Friday in the White House Rose Garden, where he announced that he is declaring a national emergency to get more funds

Trump created his own emergency

There's no crisis at the border, yet the president couldn't accept legislative compromise.
February 15

Weigh all the options to curb health care costs in Minnesota

Are there better ways to aid consumers besides a state reinsurance program?
February 15
During a meeting of the Minneapolis City Council’s Public Safety and Emergency Management Committee on Feb. 6, dozens of residents and activists voi

Reduce racial bias in police traffic stops

But study the data before adopting blanket policies in Minneapolis.
February 14
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in Istanbul, Turkey, last fall.

Congress must lead on Khashoggi case

Trump has abdicated America's leadership role on human rights and press freedom.
February 13
An app developed by Vitals Aware Resources provides profile information about people that would help first responders and others handle calls involvin

App is helping to protect vulnerable Minnesotans and law enforcement

Technology is giving first responders critical information about those they're called to aid in crises.
February 12
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., arrived for a news conference Tuesday after House and Senate negotiato

Take the border deal, Mr. President

Negotiators did their job by compromising to avoid a shutdown.
February 11
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., arrived for the State of the Union address on Feb. 5.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar ignites yet another tweetstorm

Tweets condemned as anti-Semitic damage credibility of Minnesota congresswoman.
February 11
From a snowy Boom Island Park in Minneapolis on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar made the announcement that she is running for president.

Pragmatic Klobuchar faces her toughest test yet

Senator must convince Democrats that she has a winning vision in the presidential campaign.
February 8

Stronger oversight needed for recipients of Legacy fund arts grants

Auditor finds 'room for improvement' in fulfilling requirements.
February 8
Chronic wasting disease is always fatal in deer.

Minnesota must lead in addressing chronic wasting disease in deer

State has the health and technology expertise to develop new test for deer.
February 7
North Korean leader Kim Jung Un applauded after the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile in July 2017, during a period of heightened t

Trump dangerously dissents on worldwide threat assessment

A president at odds with his intelligence leaders makes America less secure.
February 6
President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Na

State of the Union address lacked a coherent vision

Trump needs to stop inventing crises and start meeting real challenges head-on.
February 5
Workers drilled for core samples near Ely, Minn., for Twin Metals in 2013. The company is seeking a mineral-lease renewal from the federal government

Add time for public input on Twin Metals project

Federal agency makes it seem citizen input isn't wanted on mining.
February 4
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, with his wife, Pam, at his side, said at a news conference on Saturday that he was not either of the people in a racist p

The Northam mess in Virginia

Controversy over governor's yearbook photo is a stew of issues.
February 4
The NCAA’s Final Four men’s basketball championship will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis April 6-8.

Will the Final Four be worth the cost? No doubt

Benefits of tourism and being on the national stage will justify the public investment.
February 1

Setting a new course for the Minnesota State system

Its schools are vital, but the sprawling system faces budget and demographic challenges.
February 1
A vial containing the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine

Get the word out on the value of vaccinations

Minnesota needs a public health campaign to combat risky conspiracies.
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