Minnesota's eighth-largest company is relocating overseas. The New York Times views the move through the lens of federal tax policy and the taxes Medtronic can avoid paying by leaving America, while the company itself cites more benevolent reasons, like access to European markets.In any event, the n ... More >>
Gov. Mark Dayton does not support changes to Minnesota's minimum wage law, a spokesperson for the politician said on Monday. The Rochester-Post Bulletin published a story on Monday morning quoting Dayton as saying, "It may be that we have to fine-tune [the minimum wage law]," in regard to restauran ... More >>
Earlier this year, Sauk Rapids satirist Dan McCall won a legal victory over the federal government after National Security Agency reps tried to get online retailers to stop selling shirts emblazoned with the the agency's seal and slogans like this: "The NSA: The only part of government that actually ... More >>
Just two years removed from graduating from the University of Minnesota law school, Josh Newville is making international headlines.Yesterday, Newville filed suit in Sioux Falls district court on behalf of six same-sex couples challenging a South Dakota constitutional amendment banning gay marriage ... More >>
Minneapolis residents produce more patent applications per capita than all but three American cities, according to a new Forbes analysis.SEE ALSO: NYC editor disses Minneapolis's awesome parks: The city "is in like, Canada or something" [UPDATE]In fact, in the whole wide world, there are only eight ... More >>
When Minnesota same-sex couples start getting married on August 1, they'll have the same status on the federal level as all other couples. As reported by SCOTUSblog, the Supreme Court ruled 5 - 4 today that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which federally defines marriage as the union of one man ... More >>
Former state representative and decorated war hero John Kriesel is known for being an outspoken gay rights advocate, but he's no liberal when it comes to national security.SEE ALSO: Bob Koss, MNGOP Senate staffer, calls John Kriesel a "piece of shit" -- and gets fired On Friday night, Kriesel got in ... More >>
"Hey baby, you're looking good tonight... by the way, I have to tell you I'm a convicted felon who didn't pay my child support for four months a couple years ago."SEE ALSO: Wisconsin couch humper makes Colbert Report [VIDEO] Sound awkward? It's supposed to, and it's the pickup line a Hayward, Wiscon ... More >>
The Atlantic magazine has included St. Paul minister Oliver White in its annual list of 21 "Brave Thinkers."The list spotlights prominent people who have risked their "reputations, fortunes and lives in pursuit of big ideas."White, who spoke out in favor of gay rights, appears in the November-issue ... More >>
Norm Coleman may be Minnesota's most popular prominent Republican, but he isn't feeling any love these days from nonprofit campaign watchdog groups in Washington.Both Democracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have recently called for the IRS and FEC to investigate whether ... More >>
Sometime over the weekend, someone decided to inscribe a politically themed message upon one of Minneapolis's most iconic structures. The word "Kony" has been spray-painted on the Walker Art Center's "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture. Joseph Kony is the head of the Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan ... More >>
A dispute that has been ongoing for years recently escalated: Notorious Bible hander-outer Brian Johnson filed a federal lawsuit against the Minneapolis Park Board, alleging that his constitutional rights are violated by the Twin Cities Pride Festival's "no pride zone" policy. That policy, endorsed ... More >>
Jimmy John's is on trial for firing organizers over this posterJimmy John's went on trial this week for firing six union organizers last March.Franchise owner Miklin Enterprises fired David Boehnke, Micah Buckley-Farlee, Erik Forman, Davis Ritsema, Max Specter, and Mike Wilkow after the workers d ... More >>
The local restaurant company takes 2 percent of servers' credit card gratuities
A second request to escape adult court is still pending.Michael Swanson -- the kid who couldn't stop laughing after being accused of killing two people -- will be tried as an adult for at least one murder count. Last month, the 17-year-old requested to move his case to juvenile court where h ... More >>
Readers respond to "Cop Killer"
The first of three U sexual assault cases is closed for lack of evidence.No charges are being filed in one of of three reported sexual assaults at University of Minnesota fraternities in recent weeks. "A thorough investigation" took place, which included interviewing both the man and woman i ... More >>
Keith Ellison wants to know why churches, but not mosques, are allowed near Ground Zero.Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, invoked the Constitution and Thomas Jefferson's Koran when asked last night by Larry King whether he was being "insensitive" by supporting an Islam ... More >>
City of MinneapolisThe Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved R.T. Rybak's nomination of Velma Korbel for the city's new Civil Rights director this morning. Korbel is currently the Commissioner of the Minneapolis Minnesota Department of Human Rights. She is slated to start the new g ... More >>
Rybak nominated Velma Korbel to succeed current director Michael Jordan. No, not that Michael Jordan.
The Minnesota Education Department's investigation into the test scores and teaching licenses of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy was not racially motivated, the U.S. Education Department ruled this week.The Inver Groves Heights academy known as TiZA is a charter school whose student body is about 80 perc ... More >>
An appeals court judge says an undercover cop went over the line in a massage parlor sting.
The Woodbury City Council banned targeted residential picketing, which provoked an outcry over the squelching of First Amendment rights. But as it turns out, the state banned targeted residential picketing 16 years ago.
Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
It's politics vs. the pulpit in Brooklyn Park
Medtronic is spending $100 million to jumpstart lagging defibrillator sales
Michele Bachmann's recipe for success: Christian piety and not-so-Christian opportunism
H.J. Cummins' work/life column in today's Star Tribune is a short, sweet ode to fathers; it actually broke me up.
There wasn't much that was surprising surrounding yesterday's Senate hearing on the anti-gay marriage amendment bill at the Capitol--enormous and visceral fear of gays and their influence over society demonstrated by supporters of the amendment.
On Wednesday the St. Paul City Council approved paying out $115,000 to resident Patrick Fearing and his attorney to settle a civil rights case filed three years earlier.
Everyone knows political candidates stretch the truth. Should they be prosecuted for it?
A new computer database system called CriMNet is supposed to revolutionize crime fighting in Minnesota. Cops, politicians, big business, and the media love it.
Is Minneapolis police chief Robert Olson trying to stop federal mediation?
Longtime civil rights activist and agitator Ron Edwards talks about the city he loves and hates
The city plays politics with police/minority relations
Minnesota's senators were supposed to be the type to stand up for social programs, the environment, and civil liberties. So why are critics left and right accusing them of lying down on the job?
Kenneth White and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights take some more flak
City officials call Minneapolis's numbers on minority contracting "an embarrassment." So what are they doing about it? Uh, well, gosh...
Hundreds of taxpayers, many of them small-business owners, are out up to $20,000 each because authorities didn't feel obliged to point out that people were calculating their taxes under an outdated law.
Proponents say an amendment on the Minneapolis ballot will mean tougher civil-rights scrutiny for the cops. They may be in for a surprise.