Alan Page

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Suicide-encouraging nurse's conviction is unconstitutional, Supreme Court rules

    Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court struck down the conviction of former Faribault nurse William Melchert-Dinkel for advising and encouraging two people to kill themselves.THE BACKSTORY: William Melchert-Dinkel charged with aiding two suicides The court ruled that while there's no constitutional issu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Doug Mann brought Mark Dayton to his knees but ultimately failed to derail Vikings stadium

    Yesterday afternoon, Governor Mark Dayton pleaded with the Supreme Court to make a quick ruling on Doug Mann's lawsuit. With bond sales on hold indefinitely and the construction timetable about to be blown to smithereens, the governor publicly made the case that there was no time left to lose. FROM ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    MN Supreme Court issues close decision in Dunning-Grosser adoption case

    Our January cover, "Split the Baby," told the story of the Dunning family and the Grosser family, and the battle to adopt two baby sisters that had landed them in the Minnesota Supreme Court.On Wednesday, the court issued a sharply-divided decision in the case: The Grossers, they ruled, should adopt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Supreme Court: Calling someone "a real tool" isn't defamatory, because it's opinion, not fact

    An opinion released by the Minnesota Supreme Court today is an especially fun read as far as court rulings go. At issue is whether calling a professional "a real tool" in online reviews of their work is defamatory.SEE ALSO: Supreme Court considering case of Duluth doc who sued after reviewer called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    MN Supreme Court's dismissal of Marb Lights lawsuit represents victory for big tobacco

    In 1998, then-Minnesota Attorney General "Skip" Humphrey and Philip Morris reached a $6.1 billion settlement after the state alleged that the tobacco company used deceptive marketing, advertising, and research to encourage people to smoke. The settlement barred any future lawsuits regarding Philip M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Minnesota Supreme Court rejects GOP shutdown lawsuit

    ​The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled four Republican senators jumped the gun in saying that Gov. Mark Dayton is overstepping his constitutional bounds by involving the courts in government shutdown contingency plans. That's because no state money has been ordered to be spent, so there's no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Tom Emmer's recount petition rejected in MN Supreme Court opinion

    Another nail in the coffin.​Tom Emmer now has what he wanted from the Minnesota Supreme Court: A written opinion that explains why the justices denied his petition that essentially accused some state elections officials of breaking the law. The 18-page opinion, just issued, refutes Emmer's le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Tom Emmer's petition denied: Let the recount begin. [UPDATE]

    Dayton and Emmer are headed for a recount.​So much for the "strong and growing evidence" that election officials haven't counted ballots correctly, and that "phantom votes" are sullying the result of the governor's race. It took the Minnesota Supreme Court just a few hours to reject those arg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Tom Emmer's team now waits on Minnesota Supremes

    And now we wait on the Supremes.​Tom Emmer's legal team got its shot before the Minnesota Supreme Court today to argue that election judges didn't follow the law when they counted up voters and votes on Election Day.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Emmer petitions MN Supreme Court over ballots. [UPDATES]

    Every vote should count, right?​Tom Emmer's legal eagles are taking another shot at helping their candidate beat Mark Dayton in court. They have petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to order every election judge across the state to prove that the number of voters and the number of votes ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Drunk man sleeping in car still deserves DWI, Minn. Supreme Court says

    It's official: You really can get a DWI if police find you drunk in your car with no evidence you ever drove the car while intoxicated.

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Alan Page announces judges to hear Coleman suit

    Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page made his three ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    Coleman suffers another setback from Minn. Supreme Court

    Ivoted.jpeg Norm Coleman suffered yet another setback in his court contests to win some more votes to overtake Al Franken in the Senate recount ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2006

    Despite the support of the GOP, golfers and God, a judicial candidate flops

    Last year, when the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Minnesota's strict restrictions on judicial campaigning--thereby opening the floodgates for political parties to jump into the fray--there was a flood of dire predictions about the consequences for our judiciary. And why not?

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2006

    Twins Stadium: Verbatim testimony from the House

    Here is the final hour--save for a brief gap while the videotape was being replaced--of the Minnesota House testimony on the Twins stadium bill, after all the amendments had been considered.

  • News

    August 10, 2005

    The Golden Gavel

    You can't buy justice--but now it's easier to make a down payment

  • Arts

    February 25, 2004

    Firehouse Rock

    So you say you'd like to learn more about civics?

  • News

    June 12, 2002

    The People's Skybox

    A few innings in the Metrodome's Rally Room

  • News

    January 16, 2002

    Black and Blue

    Dennis Green, Dan Barreiro, and the Race Card

  • News

    April 5, 2000

    Purple Stain

    Securities scams, karaoke-bar brawls, and the occasional boozy ride: At least there's one championship the Vikings might be winning

  • News

    June 9, 1999

    The Man Behind the Mind

    Budget brawls and bulldog farts. Shock jocks and Satan's Cheerleaders. Jesse Ventura stars in the season's political blockbuster, but First Flack John Wodele directs the show.

  • Sports

    February 18, 1998

    Breaking the Surface

    After nearly 10 rocky years on the job, UM Women's Athletic Director Chris Voelz finally has plenty to smile about.

  • News

    February 11, 1998

    Seven-Year Itch

    Critics say Minnesota's vaunted effort to make courts fairer is all talk and no action.

  • News

    January 7, 1998
  • News

    November 19, 1997

    Bench Warrant

    Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Greg Wersal says state rules barring judicial hopefuls from raising funds are disingenuous. "You think judges don't know who's buttering their bread?"

  • News

    July 30, 1997

    The Friends of Alan Page

    John Derus, still smarting from his 1996 primary defeat and his misplaced election-day photo in the Star Tribune, claims state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page's ties to the Strib biased the outcome of Derus's case against the paper.

  • Feature

    October 30, 1996

    Wellstone's Worries

    The electorate: Round and round it goes,