Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Meet Vance Opperman, Minnesota's top Super PAC donor

    The 2014 midterm elections may not be considered as important as the presidential race we saw two years ago, but don't tell that to millionaires. Wealthy businessmen are still spending like crazy on Super PACs in the 2014 race, led by former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, who's already given more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Local co-ops take heat for selling products from anti-birth control company Eden Foods

    On Friday, Steven Miles, a bioethicist at the University of Minnesota who we've previously written about because of his work on U.S. abuses in Iraqi prisons (among other issues), sent us correspondence he recently had with the the Seward Co-op regarding its decision to continue selling products from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Nice Ride to go into hibernation

    Thirteen days remain before the Nice Ride bikes go into hibernation:We'll be turning off the Nice Ride system on November 3rd at 10 PM. Enjoy your nice, cool fall riding.-- Nice Ride Minnesota (@NiceRideMN) October 17, 2013 The bike-sharing network expects to have all the bikes gathered by Nov. 15, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Nice Ride looks to expand first to Rochester, then to Greater Minnesota

    Now that Nice Ride has 170 stations and more than 1,500 bikes throughout the Twin Cities, the four-year-old bike share network is setting its sights on the rest of the state.Expansion plans were hatched when the program's flagship sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, put out a state-wid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Nice Ride adds 24 new stations for 2013 season

    The weather might be cartwheeling between sunny 60-degrees and forecasts of flurries, but a more consistent sign of spring started showing its reassuring face last week: Nice Ride's lime green bikes, back on the street for their fourth season. Along with the seasonal re-launch comes some upgrades fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Carly Christenson, 14, died of influenza despite receiving flu shot

    Getting a flu shot is no guarantee you won't get sick, perhaps even deathly so, from influenza.SEE ALSO:-- MN Blue Cross' new anti-obesity ads spark controversy: Do they shame fat people? [VIDEO] -- KARE 11 criticized for hosting "potentially harmful" health screenings at State Fair Just consider th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Debate over autism coverage continues as mom sues providers for discrimination

    Tracy Reid's seven-year-old son, Max, was diagnosed as severely autistic in 2008. Over the next two years, he experienced huge gains through a type of treatment known as Intensive Early Intervention Behavioral Therapy, or IEIBT. Advocates say it's the closest thing to a cure for autistic children, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    St. Luke's becomes first hospital in state to follow NYC's lead, ban sale of sugary drinks

    A month after New York City approved a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, Duluth-based St. Luke's Hospital has taken the next step and is banning the sale of all sugary drinks on hospital premises. SEE ALSO:-- MN Blue Cross' new anti-obesity ads spark controversy: Do they shame fat people? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Haberman employees harvest the vegetables of their labor in corporate garden

    It's 9:30 a.m., and a rooster is bellowing as Liz Otto and her daughter Kate make their way down the gravel road to the garden. Decked out in red rubber boots, Kate steps into a labyrinth of pepper plants, Brussels sprouts, and tomatoes. And with the keen eye of a junior horticulturist, she immedi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Jennifer Livingston, La Crosse TV anchor, responds on air to man who called her obese [VIDEO]

    Jennifer Livingston, a TV anchor/reporter for the CBS affiliate in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is comfortable in her own skin. But an infrequent male viewer of her morning show is uncomfortable about her skin and what's directly underneath it.SEE ALSO:-- MN Blue Cross' new anti-obesity ads spark controver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    MN Blue Cross' new anti-obesity ads spark controversy: Do they shame fat people? [VIDEO]

    Earlier this month, a study concluded that half of Minnesota will be obese by 2030. In hopes of preventing that from happening, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota recently released two new anti-obesity ads.SEE ALSO: Minnesota obesity epidemic? New study says half of us on track to be really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Nice Ride hits 500,000 trips

    SEE ALSO:- NiceRide's biggest-in-the-nation bike sharing starts tomorrow [Map]- North Minneapolis may see some Nice Ride action- Blue Cross drops $1.5 million money bomb on Nice Ride- Nice Ride Minnesota secures major funding for expansionEarlier this week, not long after noon, an anonymous cyclist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    U.S. healthcare is too costly for Kevin Steinman, so he's moving to Norway

    See Also:Kevin Steinman talks songwriting and the power of performingKevin Steinman checks in from Norway to talk about the aftermath of the Oslo tragedyKevin Steinman will be a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter until later this summer. After a farewell show at Bryant Lake Bowl on July 23, he's mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Twin Cities life expectancy: Wealth matters [MAP]

    Your zip code could be a measure of how long you're going to live. Last week, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation released a report with good health news for Twin Cities residents with some zip codes, and shakier news for others. The good: Twin Cities-dwellers are living longer t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Death Cab For Cutie, Avett Brothers highlight Des Moines' 80/35 Fest line-up

    Des Moines' eclectic 80/35 Festival is now in it's fifth year, and continues to bring talented, compelling national and local acts to the two-day Iowa music fest. And while the outdoor music festival competition in the Twin Cities this summer will be greater than it's ever been, this year's stron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Mill City Museum kicks off farmers market exhibit tonight

    With its idyllic location next to one of the best farmers markets in the Twin Cities, perhaps no museum is better suited to hosting an exhibit on "the unique confluence of community aspiration, cultural exchange, and economic activity popularly known as farmers markets" than the Mill City Museum. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Gastro Non Grata and CSA selections this Week in Food

    We're inching toward farmer's market season, and the proof is in this week's events: from a CSA fair at Seward Co-op to the opening of Mill City Museum's new "Growing Strong: How Farmers Markets Nourish People, Communities and the Planet" exhibit, the veggies are in the air this Week in Food. 4/17 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    The most gay-friendly Twin Cities employers

    The Human Rights Campaign assessed companies' GLBT-friendliness​The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released a study measuring hundreds of companies' friendliness to gay employees. If their survey is any indication, Minnesota companies tend to do well by their GLBT employees. Thirteen Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Minnesotans support taxing smokers to close budget gap

    More than half the survey respondents would support increased cigarette prices.​If the stress from thinking about Minnesota's budget deficit makes you think about lighting up a smoke, think again. Nearly 60 percent of Minnesotans would support increasing cigarette state taxes on tobacco to help so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    KDWB's private meeting to atone for Hmong parody song gets boycotted

    KDWB apologizes on their own terms, got it?​As a part of their ongoing apology for the "Hmong parody" debacle, KDWB managers are holding a meeting with members of the Hmong community at their offices in St. Louis Park this morning for a "dialog." However, some of the invitees are refusing to go. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Dave Ryan apologizes for KDWB Hmong parody song AGAIN

    KDWB apologies: now with extra sincerity.​KDWB's Dave Ryan has issued yet another apology for the so-called "Hmong parody song" that has incensed listeners and driven away important advertisers. "Some may feel that our previous apologies about this have been inadequate or insincere," said Ryan in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    KDWB Hmong parody song brings protesters to station's front door

    Saying sorry, again.​KDWB has been forced to apologize again for that tasteless Hmong parody song aired by the "Dave Ryan in the Morning Show" crew a few weeks ago. The latest mea culpa came as a crowd of protesters showed up outside the station's front doors on Friday morning carrying signs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    KDWB loses Blue Cross ads over Hmong parody

    Not as funny as they think they are.​KDWB has lost another advertiser over that tasteless "Dave Ryan in the Morning" show parody that recently portrayed Hmong Americans in a far less than flattering light Blue Cross Minnesota found the song, sung to the tune of Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Nice Ride 2011 rolls out with mechanical and billing snafu

    Nice Ride MNThe snafu is over, Nice Ride reports.​Season No. 2 for our nifty bike share program Nice Ride rolled out in a less than spectacular fashion over the weekend: Some customers wanted to return their bikes, but they couldn't. We hear that riders were treated to nasty grinding noises ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Nice Ride rolling out North Minneapolis bike rental stations first

    The squeaky wheel gets the grease.​The snow is melting, and potholes are multiplying faster than bunnies, so it's time for Nice Ride's lime green cruiser bikes to hit the streets again. And this spring, stations are being opened in North Minneapolis for the first time, after activists in neigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    "Scott" will call glass box at Mall of America home for a month

    Facebook"Scott" sets a good example.​We don't know who "Scott" is, but we're going to learn a lot about him in the next 30 days because he's going to live in a glass box at the Mall of America. We do know he's 45 years old, and lives somewhere in the Twin Cities. But his name is being kept se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Nice Ride Minnesota secures major funding for expansion

    More lime green bikes coming to a neighborhood near you.​Nice Ride Minnesota, the bike share program that launched last June, is about to get a lot bigger. Thanks to a just-announced major infusion of cash, the program is ready to start implementing its Phase 2 expansion.

  • News

    January 26, 2011

    Intensive Early Intervention Behavioral Therapy could cure autism

    But HealthPartners and other insurance companies won't pay for it

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Blue Cross drops $1.5 million money bomb on Nice Ride

    Rybak and the Do Groove guy.​Imagine if you will the mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak, riding a lime green bicycle around City Hall, followed on same by Blue Cross CEO Pat Geraghty and the Do Groove TV commercial guy -- the dude in the sweater vest bustin' out his hip hop moves in a doctor's w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    10/14 Morning Must Reads

    Mass_media_4.jpgTuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

  • News

    July 23, 2008

    Tim Pawlenty: Governor No

    Tim Pawlenty racked up more vetoes this year than any governor in Minnesota's history. Is this the man we want to be vice president?

  • Feature

    May 28, 2008

    Chris Georgacas

    The Whiz Kid

  • Feature

    May 28, 2008

    The 10 most powerful Minnesota Republicans

    These GOPfathers are the power brokers you've never heard of

  • Movies

    June 27, 2007

    Michael Moore's Preexisting Condition

    The Oscar-winning filmmaker weighs in on America's health care system

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2007

    Michael Moore's Pre-Existing Condition

    Healthy and confident people are a lot harder to govern, says one of the talking heads in Michael Moore's Sicko. So is it any ... More >>

  • News

    January 11, 2006

    United He Stands

    In the past seven years the Minnesota attorney general's office has earned a rep as one of the country's toughest HMO watchdogs. So does it matter that Matt Entenza, the DFL's heir apparent to the job, is married to one of the most powerful executives in

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2005

    "Value-Based" Healthcare

    Red-headed stepchild of "evidence-based" medicine? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota is rolling out a new plan to steer people toward providers that meet its standards of cost effectiveness and "conformance to proven methods of health care." Blue Cross is evaluating hospitals on seven patient ca ... More >>

  • News

    May 5, 2004

    Voices and Silence

    It was no secret that Jason Molacek heard voices telling him to murder. Cops, counselors, his parents--they all knew. So why didn't anyone stop him before he shot his mom to death?

  • News

    February 5, 2003

    We Smoked 'Em

    Court of appeals agrees: City Pages can examine tobacco settlement records

  • News

    January 29, 2003
  • News

    November 8, 2000

    Smoke and Mirrors

    Two years after picking billions of dollars out of Big Tobacco's pocket, state officials are still having trouble polishing their next trick: Figuring out how to spend it

  • News

    March 3, 1999

    See You In Court

    Five years ago Mike Hatch was just another failed politician. Then a dying woman walked into his office, and a crusade was born.

  • Books

    February 3, 1999

    Nicotine Fit

    He's been thrown out of court on his ear, but Roger Conant is still railing about the legal fees from the tobacco settlement

  • Books

    September 23, 1998

    Sue 'Em if You Got 'Em

    Hennepin County leads the next round of tobacco litigation

  • Feature

    August 25, 1998

    Click and Learn

    A new model for AIDS treatment activism

  • News

    May 6, 1998

    Trial by Paper

    Millions of tobacco-industry documents find a home in the crammed back rooms of the Depot

  • News

    February 4, 1998

    Talking Blues

    Sure, they're in court fighting the tobacco companies. But just try to get them to pay for a nicotine patch.

  • Books

    June 25, 1997
  • News

    July 17, 1996