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February 1, 2014 Good budget news THUMBS UP: The latest Minnesota state economic forecast, issued on Friday, showed the state expects to have a $1.2 billion budget surplus this biennium. more »»

Early Childhood development gaining traction in state

February 1, 2014 Exciting gains have been made in teh area of early childhood developmet in Minnesota recently. more »»

Farm bill a long time coming

January 31, 2014 It is two years overdue, but Congress has finally produced a farm bill. more »»

State of the Union – stalled

January 30, 2014 Strip away all the hopeful, feel-good stories and the introductions of this average American and that average American who did great or admirable things, and the annual State of the Union address... more »»

Be aware of season’s dangers

January 28, 2014 The bitter cold, blowing snow and high winds made this weekend a dangerous one in Minnesot. more »»

Keeping warm getting expensive

January 27, 2014 Another wave of arctic-cold weather is set to hit the area. Minnesotans are used to this. more »»

Do we trust Iran or not?

January 26, 2014 On Monday, U.S. officials announced some economic sanctions against Iran are being eased because that country says it is complying with an agreement not to build nuclear weapons. more »»

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January 25, 2014 Upon further review, MNsure stinks THUMBS DOWN: An outside review of MNsure, the Minnesota health insurance exchange that’s supposed to help people get health insurance before the March 31 federal... more »»

What a fine example

January 24, 2014 Americans have gone from a White House with a “just say no” attitude toward illegal drugs to one recommending, in effect, “just say mayb. more »»

An international crime

January 22, 2014 Hackers who could be sitting at a computer anywhere in the world hacked into the Target Corporation system during the holiday shopping season, stealing credit card and debit card information from... more »»

Weeds: The nest gets a little emptier

January 22, 2014 The ’96 Sable was packed full, all Abby’s stuff that fit, including her pet hedgehog. Our daughter graduated from the University of Minnesota in December. more »»

What if MLK had lived to lead?

January 20, 2014 What if MLK had lived to lead? Today the nation celebrates the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. more »»

Botched execution should give pause

January 20, 2014 In 1906, the state of Minnesota held its last execution of a murderer. William Williams was hanged in the Ramsey County Courthouse basement, in the middle of the night. more »»

Bullying law needs revision

January 19, 2014 One of the issues sure to come up before the Minnesota Legislature is the state anti-bullying law. more »»

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January 18, 2014 Helget honor THUMBS UP: Brown County Auditor-Treasurer has been around a long time at the County Courthous. more »»

Governor’s wish list

January 17, 2014 Governor Mark Dayton issued his bonding bill proposal, a wish list of nearly $1 billion in projects he says will create tens of thousands of jobs in the state. more »»

Senate doesn’t need $67 million palace

January 16, 2014 Late in the final hours of the last Minnesota legislative session, a measure was shoehorned into the tax bill to build a new office building for the state Senate, along with a parking ramp. more »»

Recycling ‘problem’

January 15, 2014 Minnesota apparently has a recycling “problem” — apparently we don’t recycle plastic bottles at the rate the Legislature thinks we should. more »»

Profiting from failure

January 14, 2014 Take the money and run. That may well be the motto of officials at CGI Federal, the company that botched the rollout of the Obamacare website — — last fall. more »»

Protecting our financial data

January 13, 2014 Target Corp. has upped its estimate of the size of its customer data breach. Target originally said information had been hacked from 40 million customer. more »»



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