The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.

Better dealmaking at the Capitol

Saving a chunk of surplus is prudent as the legislative session heads to the finish line.

Building momentum on affordable housing

May 19
Steve Hoeppner, left, and Kevin Gronseth, volunteers at Catholic Charities, put sheets on beds in Minneapolis on Monday.
Several new Twin Cities efforts will help meeting a growing need.

More accountability for Floyd's death

May 18
Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, right, entered the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility in June 2020 with attorney Earl Gray.
Healing and building a better Minneapolis police culture should follow ex-officer Thomas Lane's guilty plea.

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May 17
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, center, participates in a news conference with Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, left, and Sweden�

Finland, Sweden would boost NATO

Putin's catastrophic Ukraine miscalculation is likely to result in the kind of alliance expansion he sought to avoid.
May 16
An investigator works at the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 16.

Mass shootings cannot, need not be the nation's default

Guns, racism and complacency all play a role, and in each case there is a response.
May 15

Vaccines during pregnancy? Here's reassurance.

New analysis of multiple studies strongly supports COVID shots during this crucial time.
May 14
“If you don’t think we should be prosecuting people who commit violent crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, “then say that. Defend it.”

Trusted leader joins anti-crime effort

Andy Luger has returned as U.S. attorney for Minnesota — with a critical new focus.
May 13

Why some retirees are returning to work

There are myriad reasons, but boomers aren't the answer to nation's workforce needs.
May 12
Protect data privacy — and students

Protect data privacy — and students

Proposed legislation would place new restrictions on tech companies and school districts.
May 11
Think again on disinformation board

Think again on disinformation board

Homeland Security needs to reconsider how it can help U.S. address propaganda.
May 10

A virtual era for state's court system

Pandemic-related online innovation deserves support and budget help at the State Capitol.
May 9
Stay vigilant on virus

Stay vigilant on virus

Even as Americans begin to gather in larger groups, smart mitigation is needed.
May 9
Russian servicemen march in the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Putin hollows out Russia's 'Victory Day'

The Russian president equates Ukrainians with the Nazi evil they helped defeat.
May 8
Giant rolls holding miles of fiber optic cable were stored at a construction yard in northern Minnesota in 2012 before being installed as a part of a

The 'oops' that made the internet

The immunity offered by Section 230 of the U.S. Code was meant to be supportive. It worked a bit too well.
May 7
A demonstrator held up a sign at a rally Tuesday at U.S. Federal Courthouse Plaza in Minneapolis, following news of the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draf

Preparing for a post-Roe nation

The right to choose is well-protected in Minnesota — at least for now.
May 6
How much for Minnesota schools?

How much for Minnesota schools?

State's divided Legislature is considering vastly different DFL, Republican plans.
May 5
A stand of spruce, birch and aspen grows along the north shore of Lake Superior.

Ensure clean water for Minnesota's future

Proposed legislation to fund state study deserves support before it's too late.
May 4
Los Alegres Bailadores performed traditional Mexican folkloric dance in the Cinco de Mayo parade in 2019 in St. Paul. The festival is one of many that

Don't cancel St. Paul's summer fun

Security costs can be balanced with the need for celebration.
May 3
Chief Justice John Roberts promised an investigation to find the source of a leaked draft opinion that, if it became the final opinion in an abortion

Leaked draft in abortion case is a loss for the U.S. Supreme Court

The court's credibility is built on confidentiality now shattered in deliberations over a ruling that could overturn Roe v. Wade.
May 2
Gov. Tim Walz signs a bill to direct payments to front-line workers and replenish the unemployment trust fund during a ceremony Monday at the State Ca

Cooperation yields results at the Capitol

An agreement on business insurance and worker bonuses, plus a threat rescinded.
May 1
A scene at the 12th hole at Hiawatha Golf Course in July 2021.

Keep all Hiawatha hopes on course

Neither 9- nor 18-hole future should be circling the drain.
April 30
The Republican-led Minnesota Senate and DFL-controlled House have produced dramatically different approaches to crime legislation.

Crime requires strategic response

DFL and GOP take different approaches. Minnesota needs both.
April 29
Jay Webb, de facto head gardener at George Floyd Square, addresses attendees at an open house at Phelps Field Park to receive feedback on permanent pl

Getting things right at George Floyd Square

As process continues, urban designers must not lose sight of what happened there.
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