A bill authored by Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, would make Minnesota the first state in the country to require swimming instruction for public school students.The bill comes on the heels of two recent incidents where Somali students drowned in school pools, but Clark says it's intended to addres ... More >>
In March, we brought you video of the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge cables playing "The Wind Cries Mary," and wondered if the cable's ability to play air guitar could've had anything to do with them giving way weeks earlier.It seems pretty obvious that if you're going to build a bridge with loose cables t ... More >>
On February 19, a cable support above the Martin Olav Sabo bike and pedestrian bridge gave way and slumped precariously over the Hiawatha LRT tracks, forcing temporary suspension of light rail service and closing Hiawatha Avenue. The bridge remains closed.News of the bridge failure caused some to ... More >>
Perhaps San Francisco-based URS Corp. should just cease operations in the Twin Cities, because they've certainly had a bad run here during the past half-decade.Late last night, a cable support above the Martin Olav Sabo bike and pedestrian bridge gave way and ended up slumping precariously over t ... More >>
Image via YouTubeJoe Demos: monster challenge.The last time a Republican represented the fifth congressional district, John F. Kennedy was president. Walter Judd was replaced by DFLer Donald Fraser in 1963; Fraser was replaced by Martin Sabo in 1979; Ellison won the seat in 2007. That's a mon ... More >>
Today's Washington Post carries a longish analysis of the controversies surrounding DFL candidate Keith Ellison, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by Martin Sabo.
Keith Ellison, the DFL's endorsee for Congress in the Fifth District, has spent the summer countering attacks from Republicans—and Democrats. What made him everyone's favorite target?
Ember Reichgott Junge: When does a compromiser become compromised?
With the DFL endorsement of Keith Ellison to run for Martin Sabo's congressional post, the race itself would seem to be a foregone conclusion. But is it?
In the crowded race to replace Sabo, Keith Ellison wins endorsement easily
At least 14 local pols vie to be the next Martin Olav Sabo
If you live in Minnesota's second Congressional district, represented by first term Republican John Kline, the answer is, "the opposite of green." At least if you believe the environmental advocacy group, the League of Conservation Voters, which last week released its environmental scorecard for ev ... More >>
You pay Tony Sutton to serve the state of Minnesota. The Republican Party pays Tony Sutton to serve them.
There were plenty of huzzahs flying around on Wednesday over President Bush's signing of the $286.4 billion transportation bill--the "biggest public-works legislation in history," as dailies (online, at least) across the country dutifully recounted. Some $3.5 billion in pork came to simmer in Minne ... More >>
Sen. Norm Coleman does an about-face on a bill that will hurt Minnesota farmers
The perennial calls for a constitutional amendment to prohibit desecration of the flag is among the most absurd features of contemporary American political life. Why? Because no matter where you fall on the free speech implications, you have to acknowledge that there simply isn't much of a probl ... More >>
Angry caucasians and fallen ladies never go out of style
It's time for the U.S. to put up its nukes
Faith versus meat-and-potatoes politics in the city council race to replace Joe Biernat
Did GOP delegates destroy their nominee's chances?
The DFL plods out of the gate in the governor's race
Lynn Woodward sold men's clothing, made millions in real estate, and raced Corvettes at 120 mph. Now he dreams of a car-free society.
An obscure conservative organization peddles Republican-sanctioned hip hop to the masses
Light-rail boosters insist their multimillion-dollar project is finally leaving the station. But first Shoreview legislator Phil Krinkie has a few questions about inflated budgets, bid rigging, and some mysterious memos.
From brutality, death, survival, and triumph, a family emerges
Will the Twin Cities' light rail megaproject get any cars off the streets? Help the environment? Save any money? Not necessarily, say its supporters--but that's not the point.
If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with commercial bankers that credit unions enjoy an unfair advantage, millions of people will pay a lot more for financial services.
If an upcoming vote goes as expected, nurse Foluso Allison and his colleagues at the Nile Health Care Center will become the fifth local nursing-home staff to unionize in the past year
NSP's Disaster Plan
the self-declared "oldest and least-known writer in Minnesota,"