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On 'Native Election Night,' I Know My Mother Would Have Been Proud

While covering the midterms from Minnesota, I couldn't help but feel the pride my mother would have felt had she lived to see this day. Although I've covered a number of emotionally charged stories, I don't often cry during the course of reporting. It's not so much...

 

Statistically speaking, does it make sense for you to vote? Yes

With a national election at hand, now is a good time to ask: Is it rational for you to vote? And by extension, was it worth your while to pay attention to whatever the candidates and party leaders have been saying for the past year or so? http://www.startribune.com/statisistically-speaking-does-it-m...

 

Can maths solve the fake news voting conundrum?

With the American midterm elections around the corner, rumours of a UK general election in the winter, and a potential second referendum on Brexit, mathematicians from the University of Surrey and AXA Switzerland have produced a mathematical model that details the...

 

Election endorsement: Tim Walz, a uniter, for governor

Minnesota needs a uniter in the governor’s office over the next four years. This state’s success was built on its people’s capacity to come together to solve problems and seize opportunities. That capacity has eroded, in part because two decades of divide-and-conquer politics have pitted regions, races, genders...

 

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Lack of competition allows prescription drug costs to spiral

This last May, Nicole Smith-Holt and James Holt Jr. joined with other families at our State Capitol to speak out against the skyrocketing cost of insulin. The Holts weren’t just there as advocates, but as parents — motivated by the loss of their 26-year-old son, Alec. http://www.startribune.com/...

 

Equipping Youth Serving Organizations

I had a friend this week take a screen shot of his youth protection training certificate and send it to me with a positive note about how comprehensive it was and how he feels he is better equipped to coach. A different friend reached out to me this week with concerns about boundary violations she was seeing in the...

 

Public Pressure Can Halt this Meltdown of the Legislative Process

The 989-page legislation vetoed by Governor Dayton in May, was a “garbage bill.” It contained thousands of unrelated budget and policy provisions covering a vast range of issues. It lacked transparency and prevented accountability. It also violated the Minnesota constitution. Although legislators accept this...

 

Here are federal bills so good for Minnesota they should bridge the partisan gap

You don’t need an advanced degree in political science to recognize that our current federal political system is not running at peak performance. Combine the usual conflicts with a strange election year that sees every member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation on the ballot, and gridlock is the inevitable...

 

A unified response to attacks on the press

Editor’s note: In an effort initiated by the Boston Globe opinion staff, scores of American editorial boards today are joining their voices in responding to President Donald Trump’s relentless denigration of the American news media. Below, the Star Tribune Editorial Board’s contribution: Let’s start with a...

 

New Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school is complete but Bureau of Indian Education system is still crumbling.

The list of dignitaries on hand Monday to dedicate northern Minnesota’s new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School included U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. On his return to Washington, D.C., the Trump Cabinet member needs to send this critical message to his slow-moving agency: The work to rebuild crumbling Bureau...

 

Summer feeding programs can help prime kids for a successful school year - and life

Experts have dubbed it the “summer slide” or “summer learning loss” — the phenomenon where students’ cognitive skills noticeably slip during their summer breaks from school. This is likely because kids tend to be less disciplined during their nearly three-month-long vacations. They are not regularly...

 

Guns and the elderly: An under-the-radar public health hazard

There’s still a sense of shock in Paul Schnell’s voice when he talks about two murders that happened in the suburban community of Maplewood, where he served as police chief. Both involved an elderly parent shooting an adult child after arguments about what was on television — or what wasn’t. Kenneth Bowser,...

 

PETERSON OP-ED: SNAP already has work requirements… the problem is they're not working

Work requirements have been part of SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, since 1996. People between 16 and 59 have to work. The problem is that the requirements we have for able-bodied adults don’t work the way they should. They don’t work because they’re too rigid and don’t offer the states any flexibility,...

 

Death penalty case poses test for tribal sovereignty

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take a death penalty case that could significantly change the legal definition of Indian Country in Oklahoma. In 2000, Patrick Murphy, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, was convicted for murdering his girlfriend’s ex-husband, also a Creek Nation member, and leaving...

 

Opinion: Tribes focus on the Farm Bill, Agriculture

Indian Tribes in the heartland have focused on the opportunities presented by the farm bill in a more organized way than ever before. To help Native American communities shape this massive legislation, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community commissioned the Regaining Our Future report to analyze the risks and...

 

Enbridge's $5 million lobby

What could you do with $5 million? Well, if you were Enbridge, you could spend $5 million lobbying state officials in 2017 — more than twice the next largest lobbying interest and more than any other lobbying for a decade. The big spender last time was also Enbridge, which put in $200,000 to lobby for their last big...

 

Weighing the mental health risks of marijuana use

With the emergence of new categories of cannabis such as skunk or superskunk at the end of the 1990's, several studies have shown the risk of mental illness linked to the use of these new varieties. British psychiatrists have investigated these substances in cases of psychosis, paranoid delirium and schizophrenia. Can...

 

OPINION: Farmers Must Be Central to Trade Negotiations

St. Paul, MN - Minnesota’s farmers are among the most productive in the nation. We boast 73,200 farm operations, and we’re among the ten top states producing commodities like soybeans, corn, wheat, and pork. We all depend upon agriculture to inject vitality into the economies that feed and fuel the state of...

 

Letter to the Editor: Proposed legislation to implement a MN State Autism Registry.

Sir/Ma'am, I’m writing to you to express my concern about proposed legislation to implement a MN State Autism Registry. My hope is that the media will cover this issue and educate the public as it affects some of the most vulnerable in Minnesota. AuSM supporters and other members of Minnesota’s autism and...

 

A Message from the Red Lake School District

Red Lake Schools Families and Staff, Every year on this day, there are concerns and rumors surrounding the safety of our schools. This year, those types of concerns and rumors have surrounded us in the national media as well. For the Red Lake School community and the...

 

Letter: Floyd" Buck" Jourdain

Boozhoo, members of the Red Lake Nation, My name is Floyd" Buck" Jourdain. I am running for Tribal Chairman and am respectfully asking for your vote on May 16th in the tribal election. I was born and raised in Red Lake where I live with my wife Gina and our family. I...

 

John Shipley: Vikings need to make a serious run at Kirk Cousins

There are NFL teams out there that can take an injury-discount flier on Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings aren’t one of them. After winning 14 games and advancing to the NFC title game, they’re ready for a big-time passer who can take them all the way. His name is Kirk Cousins. http...

 

America as Indian Country

I don’t often cotton to museum shows that are educational in character—when I want instruction, I’ll read something—but I love, and I wish everyone would see, “Americans,” at the National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, D.C. It is keyed to the ubiquity of Native Americans in popular culture....

 

Letter to the Editor: The Opioid Epidemic is a National Emergency

Last summer, President Trump’s national opioid commission recommended that he declare the opioid epidemic a “national emergency” or a “public health emergency.” It was my hope that the President would choose the former, which would have allowed for the use of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds...

 

"Trump decries immigrants from 'shithole countries' coming to US." - CNN 1/11/18

Trump repeats the lie of American exceptionalism. It's not about Trump, it's about the system, the lie. Trump has just exposing the soft underbelly myth of American Exceptionalism which followed with the Doctrine of Discovery of 1493, and Manifest Destiny. If we...

 

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