Minneapolis City Hall : The City Council last week approved a municipal ID program with IDs to be available at an unspecified date, but probably wit

Minneapolis City Council right to approve a municipal ID program

Access to IDs can also improve public safety.

European turmoil threatens the U.S., too

December 11
A demonstrator wearing a yellow jacket waved a French flag at the Arc de Triomphe during a demonstration on Dec. 1 in Paris.
May, Macron and Merkel face political pushback just when the West needs them the most.

A welcome push to more aggressively fight crime on tribal lands

December 10
Erica MacDonald is the U.S. attorney for Minnesota, a position she has held since June.
Erica MacDonald follows through on vow to boost prosecutions.
December 7
Joan Gabel is slated to visit Minnesota for public forums on all five campuses.

Taking stock of sole finalist for University of Minnesota's top job

A weeklong job interview is in store for Joan Gabel.
December 7

More details are needed on MinnesotaCare buy-in option

Industry report should not be last word on promising health reform.
December 7
People gathered last week at the state Capitol Rotunda in Lansing, Mich., where the Republican-controlled legislature considered measures that would p

Undermining voters by disrespecting election results

Unhealthy tribalism fuels Republicans in Wisconsin legislative hijinks.
December 6
The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. In January, when the Legislature convenes and Gov.-elect Tim Walz takes office, they’ll have a projected $1

State budget is in the black, but there are challenges ahead

But Minnesota government isn't flush enough to avert hard choices.
December 5
At a news conference last week outside Fourth Precinct headquarters in Minneapolis, Raeisha Williams and others called for further actions from City H

Decorations debacle erodes trust in city's cops

Mocking the people they are supposed to serve damages Minneapolis.
December 4
President George H.W. Bush at a joint news conference with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on Oct. 29, 1991, at the Soviet Embassy in Madrid.

Honoring George H.W. Bush's extraordinary life of service

Selfless sacrifice, not selfish aggrandizement, personified the life of the late president.
December 3
A Minneapolis police on duty along 5th Street near Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis, after bar closing time on a Sunday in late summer 2017.

Collaboration is helping make downtown Minneapolis safer

Business owners, community groups and cops are working together.
November 30
Andrew Dayton and Rose Carr of the Constellation Fund. Dayton, the son of Gov. Mark Dayton and grandson of the late department store executive Bruce D

A familar name, and a new way to fight poverty

Data-driven philanthropy is "where the puck is going," Andrew Dayton says.
November 30
As part of the trade war between the U.S. and China, Beijing placed a tariff on soybeans. Minnesota farmers are among those who have felt the impact.

More trouble for embattled farmers in the Midwest

Family operations are hurt by glut of some crops as well as Trump's tariffs.
November 30
Romaine lettuce in the produce area of a market in Simi Valley, Calif. U.S. health officials linked an E. coli outbreak in several states to romaine l

E. coli outbreaks point to lagging implementation of landmark law

Leverage technology to improve food safety by using produce traceability.
November 29
The U.S. Capitol.

Minnesota's congressional delegation should lead on free trade

Bipartisan unity would benefit states such as Minnesota.
November 28
The U.S. Capitol: The House has passed legislation that would protect veterans from consequences resulting from a technological glitch involving the G

Unacceptable delays in GI Bill aid point to larger problem

Senate should pass protections for veterans and, longer term, modernize technology.
November 27
Migrants ran from tear gas fired by U.S. agents, amid photojournalists covering events, after a group got past Mexican police at a border crossing in

Tear-gassing kids on the border is unacceptable

U.S. needs to find humane ways to address a humanitarian crisis.
November 26
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Hits and misses in proposed rules on campus sexual misconduct

Changes in how colleges handle complaints must be fair to all parties.
November 21

Thanksgiving 2018: Remaining mindful while giving thanks

Let the celebration begin, but don't forget those in need.
November 21
Photo illustration

On Black Friday, don't forget to shop for health insurance deals

Rate declines, financial aid may make coverage more affordable for some.
November 21
Former Secretary of State Mark Ritchie made a pitch in 2017 for Minnesota to become the site of the 2023 World Expo. He is now focusing on 2027.

The leadership torch passes at Global Minnesota

Carol Byrne leaves a great legacy for nonprofit's new leader, Mark Ritchie.
November 21

Minnesota needs to get a handle on rising property taxes

State lawmakers should put relief strategies on their 2019 agenda.
November 21

Minnesota needs to get serious about distracted driving

Gov.-elect Walz, Legislature can help save lives with laws, awareness push.
November 20
President Donald Trump shook hands with Chief Paul Cell, of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, during an announcement at the White Hou

Congress can end nasty year with a win with criminal justice bill

Bipartisan reforms have strong support and would fix flaws.
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