As if using a dumpster for your bedroom isn't grim enough, a homeless man was lucky to escape serious injury this morning when he was loaded into a garbage truck along with the trash he was sleeping amid.SEE ALSO: Map helps Edina name its neighborhoods, including "Botoxia" and "Spraytanistan" [GRAPH ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Obama shouts out Warroad-based, Romney-supporting Marvin Windows [VIDEO]-- Minnesota has regained 48 percent of jobs lost during Great Recession-- Young women become more vain during recessions, U of M prof findsIn the words of one financial policy analyst, the Minneapolis Fed's new brea ... More >>
Wall Street and Washington conspire to destabilize the U.S. economy, one barrel of oil at a time
Compared to our five-state-area neighbors, Minnesotans like to live beyond our means.According to a new study by the Washington nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development, the average Minnesotan carries $10,355 in credit card debt. Residents of 27 states have more per-consumer credit card debt ... More >>
With the help of some legal heavy-hitters, Melissa Hill hopes to make the Federal Protective Services, state of Minnesota, and city of Minneapolis pay for her sidewalk chalking-related June arrest.Hill was detained and issued a trespass order for "damaging public property" while inscribing an ant ... More >>
This week, Minneapolis will be witness to a confluence of local protest entities, starting today at 11 a.m., when organizers from TakeAction Minnesota will converge at the Government Plaza and try to woo Occupy MN participants into following them in a march to the Wells Fargo Center. It probabl ... More >>
Occupy MNSidewalks are for the 1 percent.Occupy MN protesters and organizers from TakeAction Minnesota marched from the Hennepin County Government Plaza to Wells Fargo bank this morning, demanding that big banks pay their fair share of the federal deficit. Occupy MN just posted a bunch of lovel ... More >>
As their numbers increased in the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza this afternoon, more and more chatter rose among the Occupy MN crowd about marching to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The Fed was the originally planned occupation destination, but organizers worried that arrests ... More >>
Occupy Wall Street, the broad-based protest that unsettled New York and resulted in hundreds of arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge over the weekend, is spreading to Minneapolis this week. The local version of the protest will officially start at 9 a.m. on Friday, when organizers plan to fill the Henn ... More >>
The last leg of the Cedar Lake Trail is open.Twenty years after the Cedar Lake Park Association set the plan in motion, a two-lane bicycle freeway has finally opened to connect St. Louis Park with the Mississippi River. The last mile was a $9 million pain in the neck, too. The Minnesota Twin ... More >>
All seven Republicans, on the right.The Republican "debate" on CNN last night wasn't really a debate at all, it was a two-hour press conference in which seven candidates took turns trashing President Obama. No one expected anything different, really. All seven of them just wanted to cram int ... More >>
Tea Party hip-hop. God help us all.Minnesota Majority may bill itself as "Standing for Traditional Values," but that doesn't mean they're boring old sticks-in-the-mud. Far from it! They've got their ears to the street! If there was any doubt that Minnesota's favorite conservative noise machine w ... More >>
Oliver Stone's sequel lets the bad guys off easy
Michele Bachmann has "Fire from the Heartland."Citizens United, the folks who tried to take down Hillary Clinton in the last election with campaign propaganda sold as a documentary, are back. And this time they're spreading their love on Michele Bachmann. She's in "Fire from the Heartland," ... More >>
The Sartell resident's positions put him to the right of an already far-right incumbent.
She sounds off on Ron Paul, health care, and, of course, liberty
Administration lax on cleaning up AIG, Bear Stearns, and Lehman Brothers
Trying to take a tough stance during a committee hearing today, she instead exposed her lack of knowledge of the Constitution she works to uphold.
Bachmann is too dumb to understand simple math. Or is she just terrible at putting things into context.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, our favorite lawmaker by far, is actually talking some sense lately when it comes to the stimulus plan. Well, sort of.
Is our crazy congresswoman really the shame of the nation?
Want to know all you need to know about how adjustable rate mortgages have devastated the housing market? Read the first few paragraphs of this article.
The working poor choose to get screwed again.
Hey, Mister, Meet Your New Landlord According to the Washington D.C.-based Center for American Progress the typical middle-income American family saw its debt rise by 33.1 percent between 2001 and 2004. Staggeringly, said household now probably owes 108 percent of its annual income--the first time ... More >>
Normally, a library board appointment would barely be news, but this is notable because it underscores that the Somali community is gaining ground as an active and viable constituency
Welcome, friend, to the booming field of "subprime" mortgages. Think you can't afford a house? You're probably right, but that won't stop us from putting you in one!
Coming soon in a handy prescription inhaler?
Or maybe in your tap water... The Washington Post reports on a study said to have "profound implications about the nature of human trust." Researchers in Zurich claim that huffing a dose of the hormone oxytocin (its main medical use at present is inducing labor in farm animals) makes test subjects m ... More >>
Alan Greenspan and America's unreal estate
Boy in the bubble Is Alan Greenspan ready to admit that the housing market is clinically insane? The word of the hour is "froth." A little like foam, a little like scum, the word appeared in nine different articles within the last three days in the Wall Street Journal. In economic terms, "frot ... More >>
Here are some excerpts from Goldman-Sachs's March 14 market note, emphasis added:The Fed's flow-of-funds tables show a further pickup in mortgage equity withdrawal (MEW) to a record $640 billion, or 7.4% of personal disposable income, in 2004. Although cash-out refinancing was down somewhat, this ... More >>
Terri Sutton scours the concrete for something wild.
Known as "Eden Prairie on the River," a housing project called The Landings may soon be joined by another suburban-style development.
Rotten eggs, firebombs, and the "wicked extortions of the coal kings": Local campaigns weren't always this dull.
In 1973 she was fearless. Graceful, original, expensive, strong--and her daddy was a daredevil.
A Clinton Scandals Primer
How do you solve a problem as intractable as homelessness?