Today's comment of the day goes to Cynthia Gerdes, one of Hell's Kitchen's co-founders, who weighed in our post about her bar and restaurant's support of Minnesota's recent minimum wage increase to answer some questions.Here's what she said:
It's a common trope you hear about Minnesota: The state's parks, infrastructure, and education are all great. But taxes? They can sometimes be just too high. Well, it may be time to rethink that notion. A new study -- from a libertarian-leaning think tank, no less -- says that compared to some othe ... More >>
Lawmakers in other states are now turning to Minnesota's new cannabis law as a model for their own legislation, despite the law's restrictions on eligibility and usage. Over the past few weeks, legislators in both Pennsylvania and Georgia have turned to the Minnesota law, which passed in May, as a ... More >>
As the election cycle heats up, conservatives are trying to paint Gov. Mark Dayton as a flip-flopper.He's waffled on medical marijuana, MNsure, and now, he's allegedly talking out both sides of his mouth when it comes to Minnesota's minimum wage. (Dayton's supporters say his views are nuanced, not c ... More >>
In a controversy reminiscent of the one the governor embroiled himself in this spring when he ill-advisedly suggested Minnesotans who want medical marijuana simply buy pot off the street, Mark Dayton is now backing off remarks he made about Minnesota's minimum wage during a meeting with th ... More >>
Just in case you needed a Hump Day pick-me-up, we've found it.
The judges ruled today that 400 absentee ballots should be examined and potentially opened to determine if they are valid votes that should be counted.
The Science Museum can help you satisfy your nostalgia for long-gone candy bars.
That's a jump from 7.5 percent in January and matches the national average. It will get worse before it gets better unfortunately.
We had so much hope for Minnesota's next pop star and now it's over.
Thank you, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, for keeping Weird Al alive.
The Vikings beat down the Jags; the Gophers crumble; the Wild begin to show signs of weakness.
Bill McGaughey, an Independence Party candidate for Minnesota's 5th district Congressional race, picketed the Star Tribune today askin ... More >>
The big story of the day: tomatoes aren't the Salmonella culprit, jalapenos are. And Minnesota played a critical role in sniffing out the source of the illness.
The Illini bring their own fans and whomp the Gophers, 84-60. Folks, it was a stinker.
Minnesota's state Senate today failed to pass a bill that would have prohibited lawmakers from lobbying at the Legislature for one year after they leave office. The bill, which failed on a vote of 33-33, was sponsored by Roseville Sen. John Marty, faithful author of years of good-government legislat ... More >>
Over the last year the median wage for all Greater Minnesota job openings fell by 12 percent to $8.65 per hour; in a dual-earner family of four both parents must earn an hourly wage of at least $10.68 per hour.
Sunday's edition of the Newspaper of Record checks out Bachmann v. Wetterling
Italian porn star offers herself to Osama, fat melting lasers, deadly apricot seeds, the 50 best jobs in America, Cookie Monster in Shaft mode, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Reservoir of water ice discovered on Mars, Star Wars coming to TV in 2008, Halliburton provides questionable water to U.S. troops, the story behind Horshack's laugh, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
In recent years, the juggernaut that is the Minnesota real estate industry has inspired plenty of jeremiads. It's no mystery why. Minnesotans have long taken pride in the natural beauty of the place, and it is vanishing before their eyes at an appalling pace. With so much formerly pristine countrysi ... More >>
Sick of the "debate" about gay marriage? Then prepare to puke. As the Pioneer Press reports, forces pro and con are currently raising gobs of cash before voters have their say on a consitutional amendment come November. This, of course, means one thing: There will be a Katrina-esque torrent of telev ... More >>
A few weeks ago, Ken Bradley was poking around one of the more obscure corners of the Department of Energy website when he came across an eye-popping table. Minnesota, Bradley discovered after scrolling through the chart, is the United State's single biggest importer of electricity.
How about making the school year as we know it worthwhile first? Reporteth today's Star Tribune: Minnesota's school superintendents urged Wednesday that the school year be extended by five weeks -- a move that would be phased in over four years. The proposal, which was intended to bolster competi ... More >>
That's what the Star Tribune wants readers to believe. It's right there in the lede to today's explainer piece about about meth lab toxicity. Without citation, reporter Karen Yousa bluntly asserts that meth is "Minnesota's biggest drug problem." Sounds scary. But is it true? Not by most available ... More >>
When it comes to porking out, Minnesota squeezes into the top half of the nation's most obese states, according to a report released today by the advocacy group Trust for America's Health. Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the group noted that 22.7 percent of the nati ... More >>
[CITY PAGES BLOGS] Jack Sparks adds ten local alt-country favorites to Minnesota's Fifty Greatest Hits at The Other Side of Country. [THESE DAYS] An Wisconsin ice cream truck driver faces drunken driving charges after a woman said she saw him throw a malt liquor can out the window of his ice cr ... More >>
[CITY PAGES BLOGS] Corey Anderson "adds" songs 51 through 54 to Minnesota's Fifty Greatest Hits at American Idle. Peter S. Scholtes adds 22 hip hop songs and eight R&B classics to the list at Complicated Fun. The Simpsons movie is a go, while Universal dumps Watchmen. More cartoon, movie, and gra ... More >>
In response to "Minnesota's 50 Greatest Hits," Judi Gronseth writes: "You guys included a lot of my favorite songs in your list. One that I would add is 'Chains' by The Wad (Big Hits of Mid-America Volume 3). It?s a pretty simple song, structurally, but captured all of my young adult, girl angs ... More >>
Gov. Tim Pawlenty on why he vetoed a bill that would establish a poet laureate in Minnesota: "Even though we have a state 'folklorist,' I also have concern this will lead to calls for other similar positions. We could also see requests for a state mime, interpretive dancer or potter." And yes, he ... More >>
Enjoy your new home, and please call haz-mat crews before digging; do jets really need reverse thrusters? In the Strib: Minneapolis lays plans for citywide wireless network; pimpin' for a casino at the Mall of America is hard work; rising oil prices put a crimp in Minnesota's economic projections; a ... More >>
Will Work for $urvival: governments, libraries, universities scraping for money In the Strib: Your tax cuts at work, continued: Counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin consider door-to-door collection programs for unpaid fees; backers of separate racino and metro-area casino proposals weigh teaming u ... More >>
Nursing homes in trouble; there's political gold in them there vegetables. In the Strib: Minnesota's nursing homes in financial trouble; Minneapolis schools curricula come under fire; Wal-Mart gets into the banking business (Sunday). In the Pi-Press: Vadnais Heights woman (and former Vegas call girl ... More >>