Boost teacher diversity, for kids' sake

Boost teacher diversity, for kids' sake

Walz, Legislature need to keep working to fund programs that work.

Get light-rail safety back on track

February 2
A light-rail train at the Government Plaza Station last week in downtown Minneapolis.
Metro Transit needs to keep all options on the table, including more-secure stations.

Legalizing marijuana, Minnesota? Then add a research component, at the U.

February 1
A customer smokes cannabis outside a cannabis dispensary on Jan. 24 in New York.
The school could lead the way in studying the impact. Such an effort could be funded with a percentage of cannabis sales tax revenue.

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Gov. Tim Walz reviewed notes before speaking about the state’s budget in December.

Walz budget is ambitious, pricey

Plan for Minnesota's future competitiveness, yes, but make it affordable.
January 31
Former Sen. David Durenberger, pictured in 2007. He died Tuesday.

U.S., Minnesota lose a leader

Former GOP Sen. David Durenberger emphasized bipartisan public service, especially on health care.
January 31
Apartments under construction in Edina in August 2022.

National rent control? Careful …

A concept that has had perverse incentives is gaining traction at the federal level.
January 30
Protesters rally against the fatal police assault of Tyre Nichols, in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 27, 2023.

Death of Tyre Nichols must spur reform

Like George Floyd's murder, the brutal attack in Memphis provokes questions about police culture nationwide.
January 29
Police tape and squad cars are seen outside the Jimmy Lee Recreation Center on Jan. 18, where a teenager was shot.

Allow gun bans in public spaces

St. Paul rec center shooting spotlights the need for change in state law.
January 28
The site of the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine hugs the shoreline of Birch Lake, which drains into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

A historic step to protect the BWCA

Science, not politics, guided the Biden administration's 20-year mining moratorium. This is what natural resources leadership looks like.
January 27
OK driver's licenses for all Minnesotans

OK driver's licenses for all Minnesotans

Undocumented immigrants are already on the roads while contributing to the economy.
January 26
Different types of IUDs are photographed at a Planned Parenthood facility in 2017 in Minneapolis.

Pass bill to broaden birth control access

It's shameful that Minnesota lags behind in ensuring new moms have access to long-acting reversible contraception.
January 25
The Supreme Court Building is seen in Washington. The court has agreed to take up the case of a Minneapolis woman whose condo was seized and sold by H

Heartless state law headed to high court

Hennepin County case asks who owns home equity when taxes are owed.
January 24
From left, Siegfried Hecker, Daniel Holz, Sharon Squassoni, Mary Robinson and Elbegdorj Tsakhia, all with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, revea

World must coalesce to avoid 'doomsday'

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ominously moves the 'Doomsday Clock' up to its closest to midnight ever.
January 23
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel spoke to freshmen and transfer students at a welcome ceremony Sept. 1, 2022, at Mariucci Arena in Minneap

Gabel does right thing

U president's resignation from the corporate board of Securian Financial removes a distraction and potential conflicts for the school.
January 23
Kenny Loo, 71, prays outside Star Dance Studio for the victims killed in Saturday’s shooting in Monterey Park, Calif.

Search harder for end to gun violence

Too many weapons in the wrong hands equals too many deaths.
January 22
Dr. Brian Pollmann checks in on a COVID-19 patient in Hutchinson, Minn., in October 2021.

A targeted Rx for rural health care

Proposal from the U and CentraCare for a new medical school campus in St. Cloud is a smart remedy for looming physician shortages.
January 21
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel, right, meets with Board Regent Darrin Rosha before a regents meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center.

University of Minnesota's Joan Gabel should drop Securian role

The school doesn't need the potential conflict or distraction of its president's new side gig.
January 20
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson at the Hennepin County Jail on his first day in office in 2019.

Redo 'safety net for failed politicians'

The troubling case of ex-Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson puts the spotlight on needed changes.
January 19
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs one of the copies of the federal tax conformity bill on Jan. 12 at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

'Tax conformity' benefits taxpayers

Minn. Legislature moved quickly to align state, federal rules on issues such as pandemic relief.
January 18
As teens charged with gun crimes listened, Debra Dorsey, left, and Sharletta Evans spoke in Denver about who they lost to violence: their babies.

Repairing state's juvenile justice system

DFL proposals would help address problems revealed in Star Tribune news series.
January 17
One of several guns found on the street as police investigated a shooting near a Philadelphia recreation center in August.

Biden should OK gun violence report

Former surgeon generals have issued a critical plea for landmark analysis of firearm deaths and injuries.
January 16
In this file image provided by the White House, President Joe Biden speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone from his private residen

Biden, Trump both mishandled documents

Ongoing investigations in each case will ultimately reveal the extent of the damage.
January 15
Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene

Stop silencing public input

Government agencies should host an open debate and counter misinformation with facts.
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