If you bought a house in Minnesota in the past two years, a real estate watchdog group says you might have overpaid. Consumer Advocates in American Real Estate -- a non-profit that monitors the housing market -- says Minnesota home buyers have collectively spent more than $63 million in needless f ... More >>
Michele Bachmann: "Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Can someone help me find my office?"Michele Bachmann used to be a United States Congresslady, at least that's what her official presidential biography claims. In fact, if you invoke the ancient rules of the House of Representatives, Bachmann is technical ... More >>
That Nicole Salazar videotaped her arrest is both fortunate and unfortunate.It's fortunate because that same tape just helped Salazar, a producer for the Democracy Now! news show, and two other journalists win a settlement in their lawsuit against the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul for bad po ... More >>
Tim and Mary Pawlenty, happily signing away all your jobs.First we learned Minnesota is taking all the jobs in America. Now we know that China is taking all of Minnesota's jobs. So, A minus B, minus China, times infinity... soon China will have every single job in America.Well, maybe it's not tha ... More >>
Another bright idea from the Legislature.Keeping their eye on what's really important to a recovering economy, the GOP-controlled Legislature today let it be known that nobody in Washington, D.C., can tell Minnesotans whether they can sell incandescent light bulbs. Those would be the energy-hog ... More >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
Freshly roasted, Flamenco-styleWhen Dave Chall, of restaurant supplier Upper Midwest Gourmet, originally thought of coffee, he viewed it simply as an additional revenue stream. But now the bean arm of his NE Minneapolis operation, Flamenco Organic, is at the forefront of the local java industry. ... More >>
Seward Co-op is part of the movement.On Oct. 1, Seward Co-op became one of only six co-operatives nationwide to be a part of Principle 6, a project launched by Equal Exchange that aims to promote local, co-operative and small-scale farmers and producers. The P6 program expands on a typical co-ops ... More >>
A recent challenge has been made to laws in Lake Elmo forbidding farmers from selling products grown outside of the city.
A by-the-numbers look at the Uptown cafe's commitment to sustainability...
"World famous"..."grilled to perfection"...What phrases would you ban from menus?
She's civic-minded, she's well-read, she travels the world. Just who is this lovely creature?
That U.S. Senate filibuster-proof majority we were all hopelessly dreaming of (or completely dreading)? Not happening.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released an attack ad against Al Franken, who was publicly critical of the organiz ... More >>
Who doesn't want approximately $2.79 worth in candy? This is the logic behind KMart's new seasonal television/internet synergy campaign, which promises free bags of goodies. Last Wednesday the megaconglomerate began airing commercials with a "secret code" on one of the gravestones in the background. ... More >>
In the wake of the I-35W bridge collapse, it's time to take a hard look at the politicians and policies that may have contributed to the disaster
John Weeks is what some people might call an obsessive. Over the past two years, he has spent weeks at a time traveling alongside the Mississippi River, photographing more than 300 of the bridges that span that mighty body of water, from Itasca to New Orleans.
The governor wants to spend billions on roads without raising your taxes. Think there might be a catch?
Fair trade brews are popping up all over, but Peace Coffee is still a cup apart
Gas prices wreak havoc on education budgets
Pork, sugar, and other political commodities With theories on free trade and protectionism spanning the ideological spectrum (and creating some of the strangest political bedfellows in history), it's a pretty sure bet no member of Congress relishes an upcoming vote on a trade pact. Especially not ... More >>
Sen. Norm Coleman does an about-face on a bill that will hurt Minnesota farmers
'The Yes Men' erects a golden phallus for free trade
Asian carp threaten the Mississippi's ecosystem and unsuspecting boaters
The enlightened self-interest of brewing a great cup of coffee
Reporters, police, and protesters dream Seattle's nightmare
The Minneapolis Police Department wants to make wearing a gas mask
Marches, music, and Mace: A street-level account of the WTO debacle
Bill Clinton's Indonesian connection brought him campaign cash in exchange for influence--and continued inaction on the country's notorious human rights abuses.
Cocaine, Tuna, and Free Trade
Clinton's Love Affair with a Deadly Gas
The Giant Sucking Sound Revisited