Robert Krol
April 5
Traffic on Interstate 79 crossed the Ohio River on the Neville Island Bridge as it undergoes a refurbishing near Pittsburgh, Friday, April 2, 2021.

'Crumbling' infrastructure? That's perception, not data.

A spring-mounted laser, driven along roads and highways in each state, provides an objective measurement.
Jon Healey
April 5
The U.S. Supreme Court building.

Supreme Court just opened the robocall floodgates

This was another language-of-the-law ruling: Not about what Congress meant to do, but about what it did means as written.
April 4
Gov. Tim Walz.

Emergency powers strengthened Minnesota

Resolve differences with good-faith negotiations, not Wisconsin-style court fights.
April 4
A passenger walked to board the Northstar Commuter Rail train out of Minneapolis in August.

Readers Write: Northstar Line, immigration and the border, human rights, Bde Maka Ska pavilion, Paige Bueckers

Don't ditch Northstar. Make these changes instead.
Opinion Exchange
April 4
Beverly Cleary signed books at the Monterey Bay Book Festival in Monterey, Calif., in 1998.

Beverly Cleary's stories about normal kids endure

The author died last month, leaving a legacy of timeless writing.
John M. Crisp, Tribune News Service
April 4
Plastic bottles and other garbage floats in the Potpecko lake near Priboj, in southwest Serbia, on Jan. 22. A United Nations report released on Feb. 1

Is the climate change battle lost?

Even the most aggressive policies to reverse the damage done aren't enough.
From the Economist
April 4
China’s leaders are preparing for America to fall behind.

China is awaiting the downward spiral of the U.S.

China's rulers are preparing for the American-led order to end, and the East to rise.
Steve Sack
April 3
Sack cartoon: Pressure cooker

Sack cartoon: Pressure cooker

Lori Sturdevant
April 3
Due to COVID restrictions, the Minnesota State Capitol remained fenced off to the public Jan. 4, the day before the start of the 2021 regular session

The politics of obstruction, Minnesota-style

Like the much-debated U.S. Senate filibuster, Minnesota's requirement of a supermajority to pass bonding bills is under scrutiny, and should be.
April 3
Jonathan Palmer, executive director of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, in a screen grab of a video produced by M Health Fairview regarding vacci

Our Best Shot: Communities of color face unique vaccination fears

But a number of welcome initiatives are underway to address hesitancy.
April 3
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman at the Government Center in 2019.

Readers Write: Mike Freeman, racial equity efforts, race and the medical profession, takeout food containers, where we're at

Justice flaws aren't all on the Hennepin County Attorney.
D.J. Tice
April 3
Justice Paul C. Thissen, above at his swearing-in ceremony in 2018, recently made a ruling following a bad law — a law that can be fixed.

In praise of upholding the rule of law

Even, as puzzling as it may be, when it's a lousy law.
John Rash, Rash Report
April 2
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), addresses a news conference on COVID-19 in February 2020.

WHO faces a health and geopolitical pandemic

World Health Organization leader will kick off Global Minnesota's World Health Day Symposium, which will focus on health equity.
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