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A strategic plan is needed for higher education in Minnesota

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With talent shortage worsening, standing pat won't do.

Sack cartoon: North Korea and Otto Warmbier


North Korea and Otto Warmbier

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As history shows, political violence is a wicked thief for a democracy
Lori Sturdevant

As I saw too many times when young, it steals the public's power to decide.

Minnesota's Supreme Court must come to the rescue
Lori Sturdevant

What's at stake in battle between the governor and the Legislature is not just politics, but the state's Constitution.


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A strategic plan is needed for higher education in Minnesota

Speed, secrecy raise legitimate doubts about GOP health reform
A nonviolent response to the controversial Philando Castile verdict
Trump's Cuba retreat hurts U.S. and Minnesota

Traffic was at a standstill on Interstate 35W northbound in Burnsville one rainy morning, while some cars used the high-occupancy toll lane at left.

Counterpoint: Six reasons why traffic congestion is not such a bad thing

Political commentators continue to get it all wrong
Colorado dad says smartphones turned his kids into zombies
University of Minnesota leaders: Why our budget had to include a tuition hike

Minneapolis City Hall. The city has created the position of chief resilience officer to coordinate work on urban challenges. It will be filled by Kate Knuth, a former Minnesota legislator.

Readers Write: Minneapolis 'chief resilience officer,' University of Minnesota tuition and budget, Jeronimo Yanez verdict, Lyme disease

Readers Write: Jeronimo Yanez verdict and response, Northstar commuter rail, World's Fair
Readers Write: After verdict in police shooting of Philando Castile, questioning this jury and juries in general
Readers Write: Rail transit, Ramsey County Board pay, World's Fair, sex trafficking, sexism and ageism

Colorado dad says smartphones turned his kids into zombies

Now he wants state to become first to ban sales to those younger than 13.


Verdict in police shooting of Philando Castile: The fear defense should have us all afraid

Why? Because it's emotional, not a rational assessment of danger. And police officers are trained to be particularly susceptible.


Readers Write: Minneapolis 'chief resilience officer,' University of Minnesota tuition and budget, Jeronimo Yanez verdict, Lyme disease

Minneapolis, first things first.


University of Minnesota leaders: Why our budget had to include a tuition hike

The Legislature did not provide the investment required to hold tuition flat for the state's students. But we believe in that investment and have set a challenging course.


John Kasich, John Hickenlooper: A two-party approach to health care

One-party solutions are not sustainable. As governors of Ohio and Colorado, respectively, we find the following principles necessary for effective reform.


We, a D and an R in Wisconsin, both disdain gerrymandering

As former leaders of the state Senate, we support the lawsuit that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Wisconsin citizens aren't getting the balanced government they want.


Police shooting of Castile: In Falcon Heights, we were jolted into knowing we needed change

Our citizens group has learned over the past year that progress with city officials is possible, though it requires persistence.