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Editorials represent the opinions of the Star Tribune Editorial Board, which operates independently from the newsroom. News reporters and editors are not involved in determining the board's positions. The board's members are David Banks, Jill Burcum, Scott Gillespie, Denise Johnson, Patricia Lopez, John Rash and D.J. Tice. Star Tribune Opinion staff members Elena Neuzil and Maggie Kelly also contribute, and Star Tribune Publisher and CEO Michael J. Klingensmith advises the board.
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Erin DuPree’s hemp store, Loonacy, sold multiple cannabis products that are illegal under state law.

Watchdog reporting revealed Walz's hiring error

Diligent journalism properly vetted Gov. Tim Walz's pick to lead the Office of Cannabis Management, leading her to step aside. Any next pick should have stronger, unquestionable credentials.
The interior of a new cardiovascular intensive care unit is seen Sept. 19 at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center - East Bank in M

Health task force should tackle a key question: the future of U-Fairview partnership

State's new health care education task force should weigh future of Fairview-University of Minnesota partnership.
The Third Precinct police building in Minneapolis, photographed April 18, hasn’t changed much since it was burned down in 2020.

Dysfunction rules at Minneapolis City Hall

Public safety is at risk because the City Council can't settle on a new headquarters for Third Precinct police.
This file photo shows the inside of a computer in Jersey City, N.J. There have been multiple data breaches of Minnesota state agencies this year.

Participation needed in cybersecurity plan

Public entities operating in Minnesota should opt in to new state effort intended to protect private data and information.
Gabe Lyrek, a harm reduction specialist at the NorthPoint Health and Wellness Harm Reduction Center, demonstrates how to use fentanyl testing strips i

A real-world cost of spending stalemate

Critical funding for community health centers, which provide primary care to underserved rural and urban locations, is caught up in the congressional standoff that could cause a government shutdown.
Bipartisanship isn't dead in Minnesota

Bipartisanship isn't dead in Minnesota

Recently released report from Majority in the Middle suggests cooperation more common than thought.
Students arrive at the new East African Elementary Magnet School in St. Paul on the first day of school.

Creative solutions can ease teacher shortage

Some districts were ready to meet the challenge, in part by hiring foreign-born educators.
Bao Xiong pulls weeds from rows of crops on Sept. 6 on a family’s farm in Nerstrand, Minn.

An ambitious push to help small farmers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Minnesota to promote a far-reaching plan to diversify food production, revitalize rural regions and fight climate change.
Customers wait in the pouring rain to buy recreational cannabis on Aug. 1 outside NativeCare in Red Lake, Minn.

Marijuana ruling is a win for civil liberties

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that weed odor alone doesn't justify car searches.
Marla Butler sorted books at Books for Africa in St. Paul in 2017.

Books for Africa's story of hope

The Minnesota-based organization marks 35 years of delivering 59 million books across the continent.
Maia Kobabe’s memoir “Gender Queer.”

Carver County Library Board upholds reader freedom

The Board deserves kudos for not caving to those who believe the entire public — adults included — should be beholden to their expectations for their children.
Boots and flags were placed on different memorials for a Memorial Day celebration at Veterans Memorial Park in Blaine on May 29.

Close gap in facilities for state's vets

U.S. Rep. Brad Finstad has identified a troubling lack of needed services in southern Minnesota. Opening a new Vet Center in Mankato is a solution.
Hennepin County Chief Judge Todd Barnette, shown in 2020.

A promising choice for public safety chief

Todd Barnette has valuable experience as a public defender, prosecutor and judge.
A Flowflex home test displays a positive result.

A free, easy step to fight COVID's spread

Free at-home tests are available while supplies last. Ordering them before you need them is the responsible thing to do.
Construction on a small apartment building in Uptown in Minneapolis in 2022.

2040 is coming …

… even though the Minneapolis comprehensive plan for that year has hit legal obstacles. Work it out.
Sophomores Lucy Jarman, from left, Annika Lara-Walen, Maggie Osgood and Taylor Scott talk during lunch on the first day of school at South High School

Schools still need family income data

The state's new free meals haven't changed that. Other federal allocations still ride on that information.
Farxiga, Xarelto and Eliquis are three of the 10 prescription drugs that will be subject to Medicare price negotiations under the Inflation Reduction

Medicare's new drug price negotiation authority uses business savvy to drive down costs

It's a textbook example of market-driven health reform. A cautious rollout is appropriate, however, to monitor unintended consequences.
Trash at a Brooklyn Park facility in March.

MPCA has a bold plan for metro waste

Citizens can offer the state Pollution Control Agency their thoughts on the 20-year plan before Sept. 17.
Minneapolis City Council Member Robin Wonsley, left, and Mayor Jacob Frey.

Minneapolis Council Member Robin Wonsley should recant claims against Mayor Jacob Frey

Her allegations of abuse of power — so far offered without evidence — were irresponsible.
The current Minnesota state flag, with its “more is better” design.

Design a Minnesota state flag that can inspire, unite

The current version is outdated and muddled, and a much-needed redo is underway.
Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany speaks at the State Capitol on Aug. 30 about recent legislation he says could put officers in legal jeopardy for appl

Special session needed on SROs

Walz appears ready to work with the Legislature to clarify law on use of restraints in Minnesota schools.
Lilly Downs, 18, sat in her bed at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children on Aug. 30, 2022. Downs was in and out of the hospital with long CO

Frustrating futility on long COVID

So far, the National Institutes of Health's progress has left patient advocates and some scientists underwhelmed. Accountability and oversight are needed.
A worker at the St. Paul Ford Plant guides an engine down into a vehicle frame in 1955.

From the archives: Our country's productive strength flows from our liberty

In the United States, labor is free to organize and bargain. It does not wear the shackles imposed upon it in totalitarian countries.
Cortez Hull, then a school resource officer at Highland Park High School in St. Paul, monitored the hallways as classes let out for the day in 2016.

Clarify rules to get officers back in school

Unclear statewide restrictions on restraining students have caused law enforcement to pull out of schools.
Jim Denney, right, and Connor Halsa met and displayed the money found at the bottom of the Lake of the Woods.

Hope from an honest fish tale

Connor Halsa, a 14-year-old angler from Moorhead, landed a lunker of an ethics lesson.
Construction inspector Zach Garner drinks cold water while working in Antioch, Calif., in 2022. California has an outdoor heat standard for workers, b

Heat rules needed for workers

Minnesota lawmakers should implement an outdoor standard as soon as possible, because a federal one could take ages.
The Gambino family works on math worksheets as they go through homework at the dining room table in their home on Aug. 23 in Spring, Texas. Across the

Minnesota's latest grim test scores require correction

Funding is strong; a real "sense of urgency" is key.
An M Health Fairview worker removes her personal protective equipment after working with a critically ill COVID-19 patient in the ICU in September 202

Expertise crucial on U task force

Group grappling with U medical center's next steps needs fresh perspective on what's working and what's not.
Three people were killed in a racially motivated attack at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday.

A heinous, racist shooting in Florida

More needs to be done to keep the dangerous from buying guns.
A loft apartment in the North Loop of downtown Minneapolis.

Amid downturn, North Loop shines

One need only look to the increasingly popular neighborhood to find that downtown Minneapolis is not, in fact, "dead."
Pedestrians amble and cyclists ride on the Midtown Greenway near Portland Avenue in Minneapolis in May.

Keep expanding the Midtown Greenway

Bringing the bike and pedestrian path over the Mississippi would make it even more of a community asset.
Minneapolis ride-share drivers and supporters held up signs while City Council members discussed an ordinance raising driver pay on Aug. 17.

Veto of ride-share rules is right step

Minneapolis should be part of statewide discussions on regulations that would help drivers but also preserve their jobs.
Attorney General Keith Ellison

Maintain values while collecting medical debt

Minnesota relies on nonprofit medical systems. Attorney General Keith Ellison is commendably scrutinizing debt collection. But medical providers' governing boards need to step up, too.
Children from the St. Paul day care/preschool Little Naturalists paint using frozen spinach, beets and blueberries in June 2022.

Costly St. Paul plan is short on details

City Council wants voters to pay higher taxes to subsidize child care, but Mayor Carter is right to resist.
Former governor and member of Congress Al Quie, pictured in March 2022 at age 98 in Wayzata.

Mourning Al Quie — and his era

Minnesota's former governor, who died on Friday at 99, led an exemplary life of public service.
“While this state’s libraries and bookstores have so far been successful in combating challenges to the freedom to read,” writes the Star Tribun

Freedom to read under attack — again

These are not good-faith efforts to protect children. They're part of a greater endeavor to quash freedom of expression.
No need for red light on 'green burials'

No need for red light on 'green burials'

A last-minute moratorium enacted by the Minnesota Legislature is an overly broad reaction to one locality's concerns.
A nurse measured a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Brooklyn Center in 2021. Nationally, just 17% of the population has had a COVID booster, acc

COVID booster guidance is in order

Those not at high risk of COVID may be about a year out from their last booster. Federal health officials should advise as soon as possible on who should get an updated booster.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey greeted former City Council Member Abdi Warsame after he unveiled his proposed budget inside the City Council chambers on

A long to-do list in Minneapolis

Mayor's budget proposal has familiar priorities because challenges remain similar to years past.
Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney, speaks during a news conference in Atlanta on Monday.

Another courtroom, more Trump charges

Confidence in election results, like the kind found in Minnesota, can help thwart attempted political meddling.
This surveillance video shows members of the Marion Police Department confiscating computers and cellphones from the publisher and staff of the Marion

A 'chilling' attack on press freedom

Raid on small Kansas newspaper targeted journalists doing their jobs.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison details initial steps in his office’s review of the proposed Sanford-Fairview merger in November in St. Pau

Release results of Attorney General Keith Ellison's Sanford-Fairview probe

Although the proposed merger has collapsed, the findings could help inform the state as health care consolidation continues.
Former President Donald Trump reacts during the first round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, N.J., on Friday.

GOP must stop attacking government

Several Republican presidential candidates — including the ex-president — threaten the very institutions they seek to lead.
Fairview CEO James Hereford spoke at the start of a public hearing in January about the then-planned merger with South Dakota-based Sanford Health.

Q&A with Fairview CEO James Hereford

On the termination of the Sanford merger plan, on the partnership with the University of Minnesota, and more.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter proposed his 2024 budget on Thursday in St. Paul.

Carter's budget eyes a better St. Paul

He's striking the right notes on basics and innovation for the city.
Fluids are controlled in an operating room in a hospital in Jackson, Tenn., in June.

Medicaid 'unwinding' creates challenges

Early report card should spur concerns about kids losing coverage as pandemic's end means checks on medical assistance eligibility resume.
 Former President Donald Trump campaigns at a rally in Erie, Pa., in July.

Allow courtroom cameras for Trump trials

Americans will hear endless spin. Shouldn't they also have access to the facts presented in the proceedings?
The former Third Precinct building in Minneapolis, which still sits empty and fenced-off.

Accept the Third Precinct decision for now. But locate police where they're needed.

Minneapolis must move on from the site of the burned headquarters but also come up with a long-term solution for public safety.
A historic new safeguard for children's health

A historic new safeguard for children's health

Federal officials have greenlighted an RSV shot for infants and toddlers. It can help prevent serious illness from this easily transmissible, potentially dangerous virus.
The Minnesota Rehabilitation and Reinvestment Act, which Walz proposed in his budget, will allow some inmates a chance to shave an additional 17% off

A new and better approach to prison time

The majority of those in Minnesota prisons will be released at some point. A new law would ensure they have the skills to integrate back into their communities upon release.
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Bob Jacobson speaks about the State Patrol shooting death of Ricky Cobb II at a press conference on

Answers needed in Ricky Cobb's death

It's understandable that emotions are running high, but the legal process is just starting.
Special counsel Jack Smith arrives to speak about an indictment of former President Donald Trump on Aug. 1 in Washington.

Let the process unfold on Jan. 6 charges

Accountability and following the evidence are imperative. So is finding a way to avoid deepening our already alarming divides.
The Treetop Trail at the Minnesota Zoo is the longest elevated pedestrian loop in the world. It’s repurposed from the unused monorail track.

A higher calling for the Minnesota Zoo

Treetop Trail fits a mission that values conservancy and an appreciation for natural beauty.
Tentative optimism warranted on crime near the U

Tentative optimism warranted on crime near the U

University and city officials have crafted a response to public safety concerns.
As recreational cannabis becomes legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1, among the issues yet to be worked out is where exactly people will be allowed to light

New cannabis law needs work

Minnesota cities, counties now must regulate pot use in parks, public spaces.
And after all, it’s not this — right?

A slowdown to savor

The hottest days of summer require an adjustment that isn't all bad.
Bronny James, shown at a high school game last winter, went into cardiac arrest while participating in a practice at Southern California on Monday, Ju

Bronny James and CPR's benefits

The son of NBA superstar LeBron James suffered sudden cardiac arrest, highlighting the need for bystanders to be ready to render assistance.
Artwork honoring the Rondo neighborhood adorns the Dale Street bridge over Interstate 94 in St. Paul last January.

Is Rethinking I-94 too ambitious?

The reimagining is well-intentioned, and it is clear change is needed in the corridor. But the project might be held back by its broad goals.
Google’s artificial intelligence app BardAI (or ChatBot), OpenAI’s app ChatGPT and other AI apps are seen in a photo illustration on a smartphone

A breakthrough on AI safeguards

Tech giants agree with Biden on need for guardrails. Legislation should come next.
A sign points visitors toward the financial services department at a hospital.

Smart approach keeps Minnesotans insured

At least 3.7 million Medicaid enrollees nationally have been "disenrolled." This state's flexibility and thoughtful strategy puts priority on health care coverage.
Israeli police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators blocking a road during a protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s go

Netanyahu brings Israel to the brink

Ill-advised, self-serving judicial "reforms" undermine unity in Israel and the U.S.
Lawrence Ripp, a soap bubble entertainer known as the Baron of Bubble, busking at Minnehaha Falls Park in Minneapolis in 2020.

Rethink restrictive busker rules in Minneapolis parks

Street performers can bring life, vitality — even safer parks.
In this 2019 photo, Minneapolis police officer and school resource officer Drea Leal greeted a passing student as she did her rounds in the hallways o

Cops in schools can be part of the solution

Minnesota schools struggling with violence, weapons and drug use might be best served by resource officers.
Mayor Jacob Frey listened to Commissioner Cedric Alexander at a news conference in 2022. Alexander is leaving his job as community safety commissioner

Cedric Alexander abandons critical public safety post

Minneapolis's first community safety commissioner chose to leave as police reform's heavy lifting gets underway.
U.S. officials have approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill (pictured), a major change that will broaden access for women and teenagers

Affordability is key for birth control pill

The FDA recently made one form of oral contraceptive available without a prescription. But the cost must be reasonable.
An employee of the Romanian grain handling operator Comvex oversees the unloading of Ukrainian cereals from a barge in the Black Sea port of Constanta

Russia imperils global food stability

Abrogation of Black Sea Grain Initiative hurts Ukraine as well as food-insecure countries.
Keeping Lights On! and building trust

Keeping Lights On! and building trust

Program that replaces tickets with repair vouchers deserves even more support.
Riders sit on the Metro D Line bus headed toward the Mall of America in downtown Minneapolis on June 2.

A welcome surge in transit ridership

Transit remains important to the whole community.
A wisely careful approach on 'public option'

A wisely careful approach on 'public option'

Minnesota lawmakers commendably did not rush through a proposal that would allow consumers to buy into public health programs.
Prime Hydration, top shelf, containing no caffeine, and Prime Energy drinks, lower right, containing caffeine, are displayed at a grocery store in Det

Needed attention on energy drinks

The amount of caffeine found in many popular drinks is alarming. Regulators should seek a better understanding of the effects on young, growing bodies.
Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara arrives at a news conference July 10, following days of revelations that he knew about ex-officer Tyler Timber

Minneapolis needs better from police leaders

Community Safety Commissioner Alexander, MPD Chief O'Hara need to learn from recent missteps.
The campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on June 23.

It's time to end legacy admissions

Such systems blatantly favor the wealthy and well-connected.
This electron microscope image provided by the National Institutes of Health shows human RSV virions, colorized blue. The U.S. approved the first vacc

Take note, seniors: RSV vaccines are coming

Starting this fall, Americans over 60 can get protection against this respiratory illness.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, speaking with a reporter from Right Side Broadcasting Network at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orl

What's going on at MyPillow?

Weekend auction raises eyebrows, but Mike Lindell says the company will survive.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, shakes hands with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, right, as the Secretary General of NATO Jens S

NATO unity boosted on eve of summit

Turkey's move to allow Sweden to join the alliance strengthens the defense pact.