On Sunday, the Star Tribune broke the story of a scandal involving a nonprofit organization called Community Action of Minneapolis.The nonprofit, which is supposed to serve low-income people, used nearly a million taxpayer dollars for things like spa treatments, cruises, and personal car loans, the ... More >>
It's been a frustrating week for Matthew Rodreick. Committees in the House and Senate have released their budgets for health and human services programs, and a bill that would fund curative spinal cord injury research in Minnesota is absent from both. Rodreick originally brought the idea for the b ... More >>
Last October, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe spent an entire day in a wheelchair for a documentary on spinal cord injury. The movie premiered at Brave New Workshop in January, just after lawmakers introduced a bill that would fund curative spinal cord injury research in Minnesota. As it now looks like ... More >>
A bill that scientists say could be key to furthering spinal cord injury research in Minnesota passed its first committee hearing Monday afternoon. Introduced by Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, the proposed legislation would designate $8 million from the state's general fund to curative spinal c ... More >>
Treading North frontman Gabe Rodreick has been making music nearly all his life. When he was a sophomore in high school, having played piano since age 5, Rodreick was accepted to the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley. But the summer before his junior year began, Rodreick traveled to ... More >>
Sen. Jeff Hayden introduces bill to fund curative spinal cord science
Sen. Jeff Hayden introduced a bill at a capitol press conference this afternoon that would appropriate $4 million in state funds to be used for curative spinal cord research in Minnesota. The subject of this week's cover story, the bill was inspired by the story of Gabe Rodreick, a 20-year-old from ... More >>
Cleveland LeaderTwo special elections for legislative seats happen tonight in Minneapolis. "Election 2012" doesn't just refer to November 6.Ready or not, two Minnesota legislative seats, both in Minneapolis, are actually up for grabs tonight. One is House District 61B, which includes the south Mi ... More >>
The war on terrorism is making life difficult for local Somalis.Last month, owners of Somali money-lending businesses, called hawalas, were notified by St. Paul-based Sunrise Community Banks that they would no longer be able to wire money back home. Sunrise was the last bank in Minnesota to offer ... More >>
The brightest stars and dimmest hacks in the Capitol
Some highlights from the city elections that time (and voters) forgot
If the election season was any indication--and it probably was--the new Minneapolis city council will be a contentious bunch.
With her gaudy campaign chest and indelicate manners, Lisa Goodman acts like she runs City Hall. Maybe she does.
How did the majority-minority Eighth Ward end up with two white candidates?
At the southeast corner of East 42nd Street and Fourth Avenue South in Minneapolis, there's a faded, gray one-level house with a couple campaign lawns signs in the yard. Nothing too unusual--the citywide election cycle is upon us and heating up before primary season in September. But in this case, t ... More >>
The convention for a Minneapolis City Council race ends in a deadlock