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Minnesotans say they treasure the Minnesota Vikings football team, but they don’t want to help pay for a new stadium to keep them. That’s the dilemma for the Minnesota Legislature that keeps stalling, hoping they can put this decision off until after the November elections. Meanwhile, the Vikings insist they want a new $975 million […]

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On Veterans Day in 1985, President Reagan spoke of those who laid down their lives for our country. “Most of them were boys when they died,” he said, “and they gave up two lives — the one they were living and the one they would have lived.” When today we honor the men — and […]

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Looming ahead for 113 school districts in Minnesota are operating levy elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8 whose approval will be critical for the education of Minnesota K–12 students. Where these once were known as excess or extra levies, they now are being called by some “survival levies.” Half of these operating levies are to renew […]

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Contrary to what critics are saying, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus funds) is creating and saving jobs in Minnesota. Amid the din and chatter during this toxic political campaign season, those who say the stimulus funds have not created or saved jobs in Minnesota are wrong. According to the Council of Economic Advisors, […]

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While the Minnesota Legislature, controlled by Republicans, boasted it did not raise taxes last session, it eliminated the market value homestead credit that could increase most homeowners’ property taxes by varying amounts on taxes payable next year. For 44 years, the state has partnered with local government in giving relief to property taxpayers in the […]

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Compared to other industrialized countries, the United States high school students score in the middle of the pack. The International Student Assessment showed United States students scored 16th in science and 23rd in mathematics. This comes at a time when it’s apparent this generation of students will be competing for jobs and careers in a […]

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There’s a growing concern over what will happen to care for the elderly if the state legislators significantly cut the health and human services budget. The state sets the rates nursing homes can charge that determine the level of service providers can give the elderly. It also funds waiver programs that enable seniors to live […]

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