Imagine, if you will, that you're brand new to the scary world of searching for the right health insurance plan. Floods of brochures and online ads fly in front of your face, but you just want something that's affordable. After furious searching, you finally feel like you've found it: a plan that's ... More >>
A speeding ticket for driving 15 miles per hour over the limit costs $145 no matter where your car is registered in Minnesota, but the same can't be said for insurance rates.NerdWallet put together a study analyzing which drivers are hit hardest by rate increases after being pulled over for having a ... More >>
NerdWallet ranks Minneapolis and St. Paul as the third and fourth best cities in America, respectively, in terms of quality of life.The cities ahead of us? Madison and Lincoln. Talk about a Midwestern bias!See also:Do Dayton, DFL deserve credit for MN's high rank in CNBC's Top States For Business?
During a May 22 appearance on Detroit Lakes' KDLM radio, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden was asked what lessons from his business career he's taking with him on the campaign trail.McFadden, who most recently worked as co-CEO of a Minneapolis-based investment bank, replied, "Well, ... More >>
A new study conducted by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) finds that last fall's MNsure rollout coincided with a dramatic drop in the number of Minnesotans without health insurance.Between September 30 of last year and May 1, the number of uninsured M ... More >>
A few weeks ago, the Minnesota Commerce Department issued a warning to folks considering using so-called "transportation network companies" like Lyft or Uber."The Commerce Department wants Minnesotans to know that there may be gaps in auto insurance coverage for both the drivers and passengers using ... More >>
Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton said that unlike Keith Ellison, he supported President Obama's move to allow those whose health insurance plans were canceled in the wake of the Affordable Care Act to keep their policies for another year.SEE ALSO: Bachmann compares subsidized health care to crack But tur ... More >>
Now here's a question worth millions: What's the best way to police the police?Communities United Against Police Brutality is pushing an amendment to the Minneapolis City charter that would force cops to carry professional liability insurance and pay out of their own pockets when they're found to ha ... More >>
In September, President Obama mocked Michele Bachmann's worry that the Affordable Care Act "literally kills women, kills children, [and] kills senior citizens." But if Michele can be believed, the law, combined with her stubbornness about using the balky HealthCare.gov website, might endanger the he ... More >>
If you start seeing ordinary cars with pink mustaches affixed to their fronts around town, you're not hallucinating. Lyft -- the ride-share start-up known for turning anyone with a car into a cab driver -- launches today in St. Paul. See Also: - Uber, the car service for techies, launches in MSP
After over 2,000 days without a raise, members of the Star Tribune Newspaper Guild will see their chant -- "Show us the green in 2013" -- answered. On Wednesday, the union approved a new contract. See Also: - Star Tribune Guild workers rally outside of the newspaper's headquarters - Star Tribune Gui ... More >>
We planned to take a least a 24-hour break from posting about Michele Bachmann... but then we saw video of remarks she made on the House floor today on the third anniversary of Obamacare's passage.SEE ALSO: Bachmann: Contraception mandate step toward one-child policy [VIDEO]It's no secret Michele ha ... More >>
Yesterday, news broke that Rep. Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, was taking a full-time job with the Minneapolis-based Center for Diagnostic Imaging, a registered lobbying associating.While it's certainly not a good look for a legislator to be working simultaneously for a lobbying association, initial r ... More >>
It was shortly after 8 this morning when Nicolas Hutchinson heard the first fire alarm go off. At the time, Hutchinson, a resident on the second floor of a three-story Lake & Irving residential building, didn't think much of it."I was about to jump in the shower when I heard a second smoke alarm ... More >>
On Saturday, the MNGOP met in Blaine to discuss the butt kicking the party received last month and to look ahead to the 2014 election.SEE ALSO:-- John Kriesel for governor? "I would never rule out a run," he says -- Hann: Some state employees "do nothing," salaries "a clear misuse of public dollars" ... More >>
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Minnesota, and the Minnesota Department of Health is offering free breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured and underinsured women age 40 and older.The MDH's Sage Screening Program provides the screenings year round, but hopes to make more women ... More >>
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 >>
Sen. David Hann: Not a fan of the state paying employees to set up the state's health insurance exchange.Minnesota Senator David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, is upset about the public dollars being spent on a handful of employees working to setup the state's health insurance exchange.The health insuranc ... More >>
Bill O'Reilly picked on Bachmann in a way that Fox News normally doesn't.Michele Bachmann was on TV last night for a little plugging from her favorite channel, Fox News, and its most popular host, Bill O'Reilly. But instead of the typical "we're in this together, go get the black guy -- I mean ba ... More >>
State Sen. John Carlson, planning for a grabber.With some disturbingly audible heavy breathing, State Sen. John Carlson took to the floor at the Capitol yesterday to proudly declare that he doesn't bother seeing the doctor. Why? Because it may help him bag an annual $1,500, courtesy of Minnes ... More >>
But HealthPartners and other insurance companies won't pay for it
Dayton: Bachmann should concentrate her fire on Iowa and New Hampshire, and leave Minnesota alone.Rep. Michele Bachmann told us that God wanted her in Congress, but she just can't keep her fingers out of state politics -- especially when it might help raise her national profile. Today she de ... More >>
"It's not symbolic," Rep. Michele Bachmann said yesterday, before the U.S. House symbolically passed a bill 245-189 that would repeal the healthcare reform act. She and other Minnesota Republicans voted for the repeal, while Democrats opposed it. The legislation will be dead on arrival in the ... More >>
Mark Dayton meets the press today.Congress passed health care reform. But in Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty said we couldn't have it. Today, making good on campaign promises, Mark Dayton said that we can. And his two executive orders can't be stopped by the new Republican-controlled Legisl ... More >>
Image via YouTubeRock is up for a Hambone awardA Labrador retriever named Rock, with a fondness for chicken carcasses and coffee beans, may prove to be something more than just a menace in his Maplewood home. He's up for a Hambone award for having the most unusual pet insurance claim of the y ... More >>
WCCO reports that the about a dozen kitchen staffers at Ichiban walked off the job on Friday because they were unhappy with working conditions and health insurance costs. Remaining staff called those who had made reservations--about 80 people--and told them the restaurant was closed until new ... More >>
She was wrong about parliamentary rules surrounding the health care debate. But is she right on the Constitution?
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Levi Angell, of Cloquet, was killed in the line of duty in 2004 while serving in Iraq.
The GOP congresswoman is a nominee for a reality-challenged rant on Sean Hannity's Fox News show.
Speaking to a nearly packed Target Center, he gave a more folksy version of his health care reform speech given to the joint session of Congress earlier this week.
Obama will speak at 12:30 p.m. at the rally, which is free and open to the public. Access is first come, first served.
Come meet Dr. Feelgood.
Will Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth follow PETA's request that they reward those who don't eat meat?
A new Families USA report says that 1.1 million Minnesotans went without health insurance at some point in 2007 and 2008. That equals 24.1 percent of the state's population under 65.
We kind of figured he had to vote for it since his legacy mental health bill is now wrapped up in the whole package. Those senators ... More >>
The bill would require health insurers to cover mental health just as they do physical conditions, but time is running out to pass t ... More >>
The working poor choose to get screwed again.
One of the "most e-mailed" stories in today's New York Times is an examination of the tension parents and nannies must navigate over the provenance and nutritional sanctity of the little loveys' breakfast bowls and snack packs. How precious.
While the health insurance industry's booty will remain considerable, particularly in the eyes of the wage-slaves who can no longer afford health insurance, all signs are that it's poised to dwindle.
Three interesting news stories on the crisis in health care costs add up to one compelling case for universal health care.
PiPress' Northwest apology unintentionally shows why you should care about its mechanics There's a lengthy story in today's Pioneer Press contending that there may not be much economic fallout in the event Northwest Airline's mechanics strike. Even if planes are grounded, the story says, Minnesota ... More >>
Health insurers lagging behind the rest of the S&P Five years of "expanding margins" for shareholders in appear to be coming to a halt. It seems that the industry, which miraculously has flourished even as health care costs have skyrocketed, can't come up with enough new enrollees to keep passing ou ... More >>
In Cannon Falls, the Class Act strip club supplies ample fodder for a legal brawl in federal court