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  • From Taylor Drift to Beyonsleigh, here are MnDOT's new snowplow names

    Jan 31, 2024

    Look what you made us do. We named a snowplow Taylor Drift. Every year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to come up with a few good snowplow names. Every year, the public comes up with a few thousand. On Tuesday, the governor, the lieutenant governor, the MnDOT commissioner and zero snowflakes showed up to reveal the winners of MnDOT's 2023-2024 Name A Snowplow contest (Taylor's version). https://www.startribune.com/not-much-of-a-winter-in-minneso...

  • Should the DNR extend winter walleye fishing now that better ice is here?

    Jan 19, 2024

    After 28 years of owning a resort on Mille Lacs, Kevin McQuoid sold his business a couple of years ago. But he still knows how important ice fishing was on that big lake to his operation's bottom line. "About 60% of our annual income on Mille Lacs came from about Christmas until the end of February,'' McQuoid said. "Once good ice gets on the lake, you really have to push it until the end of the winter season to make the business work.'' The problem this year is that good ice, varying between 8...

  • The Vikings' QB conundrum, and the false choice of Kirk Cousins

    Jan 3, 2024

    The Vikings don't know who will play quarterback for them on Sunday in the finale of this season of multiple derailments, but they do know this: The options are increasingly bleak, and none of Jaren Hall, Nick Mullens or Joshua Dobbs look like a viable choice as a 2024 starter. Minnesota's quarterback carousel - a difficult situation handled poorly by head coach Kevin O'Connell in recent weeks - has made it fashionable to pine for the injured free-agent-to-be Kirk Cousins, who was on a hot...

  • Sentience: Are LLMs a Measure of Machine Consciousness?

    David Stephen|Dec 28, 2023

    There is a new report in Nature, AI consciousness: scientists say we urgently need answers, stating that "scientific investigations of the boundaries between conscious and unconscious systems are urgently needed, and they cite ethical, legal and safety issues that make it crucial to understand AI consciousness. For example, if AI develops consciousness, should people be allowed to simply switch it off after use? It is unknown to science whether there are, or will ever be, conscious AI systems. Even knowing whether one has been developed would...

  • AHLA statement on defeat of LA homeless-in-hotels ballot initiative

    Dec 7, 2023

    WASHINGTON (Dec. 5, 2023) – American Hotel & Lodging Association President & CEO Chip Rogers released the below statement today after the Los Angeles City Council voted to withdraw from the March 2024 ballot a union-backed measure that would have required all hotels in the city to house homeless people next to paying guests. The ballot measure was proposed by Unite Here Local 11, a union representing Los Angeles hospitality workers. Unite Here agreed to remove the ballot measure under pressure from hoteliers and the LA City Council. “For ne...

  • Thoughts for Native American Heritage Month and Day

    Nov 22, 2023

    As the war between Hamas and Israel plays out in front of us, I am so disheartened and sad. In constant newscasts and social media posts, everyone, everywhere on earth can watch Israeli and Palestinian people suffering horribly in real time. Lives are being taken on both sides. People are starving. Hostages are terrified. Babies are dying. We Indigenous people empathize with the people on both sides of that conflict. It all happened to us. Since Columbus arrived in 1492, we have been struggling to protect our communities, our way of life and...

  • How the national narrative on the Vikings has changed by going from 1-4 to 6-4

    Nov 14, 2023

    Oct. 8 was a low point in a Vikings' season that had the potential to only go lower from there. The Vikings lost 27-20 to Kansas City that day, with star receiver Justin Jefferson departing the game late with a hamstring injury that would land him on injured reserve. The game itself was another lesson in self-inflicted adversity, as turnovers and missed opportunities telling a familiar story in another loss to a good but very beatable team. https://www.startribune.com/vikings...

  • Henry Boucha of Hockeytown USA - best player, lifelong champion

    Sep 20, 2023

    My first sportswriting job was at the Duluth News-Tribune and Herald, starting in December 1965 as a 20-year-old and for the kingly sum of $76.08 per week. The frightening part was being in a city enamored of hockey to the point it was building a new arena to house the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs - and my experience with the sport had been watching the 1960 U.S. Olympic team defeat Czechoslovakia to clinch the gold medal on a small-screen black-and-white television. Sports editor Bruce Bennett...

  • GOP impeachment probe marks a new low

    Sep 15, 2023

    The decision by the House Republican leadership to open an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden - without any evidence of wrongdoing - marks a low point in the mis-deployment of the Constitution's mechanism for removing a sitting president. Bad as it is, however, the inquiry itself won't put the nail in the coffin of the impeachment process. Impeachment will only be dead as a useful constitutional tool if House Republicans actually vote to impeach Biden without any credible proof of high crimes...

  • Letter to the Editor: Northwest MN's Clean Energy Efforts Thriving

    Aug 29, 2023

    Dear Editor, As someone who works across Minnesota helping communities harness the benefits of clean energy, I am impressed by Northwest Minnesota community clean energy efforts. Take the City of Warren, for example. Recently, the city created the “Design for Community Regeneration” (D4CR) as a way to plan their resilient future. The project lays out a plan for food, water, and energy securities. Support from the organization I work for, the Clean Energy Resource Teams, helped the city dig into the energy security aspects. This is just one...

  • Response to MCCL Opinion Piece

    Aug 10, 2023

    Living infants in Minnesota have the same protections in 2023 they have always had. Claims by anti-choice forces that they do not are false. Every infant born alive is considered a person, with all the rights of a person, under Minnesota law. Delivering an infant and leaving it to die without appropriate care would be a crime as well as violating medical ethics and inviting a malpractice lawsuit for any medical professionals involved. That’s why there is no need for special protection of infants born alive after an abortion. The unnecessary ...

  • Laws aside, 'no' is still the right answer on drugs

    Aug 1, 2023

    It surprises many people to learn that cannabis use originated in ‎Arab cultures. As an Arab myself, I was surprised to learn this fact in a class at the University of Miami with a professor who argued that use of the drug first appeared in the Arab world. It is called hashish, a drug people use to calm down. Consumption of drugs is largely ‎governed by social conditioning and programming. In the Arab world, smoking is very popular ‎and normalized; however, smoking today is highly...

  • The economics of cannabis

    Aug 1, 2023

    If you’re expecting a robust discussion of economic data that addresses whether tribes’ next silver bullet is cannabis, so was I. That means that we’re all going to be disappointed, but not for lack of trying. The data is not there, but opinion abounds. So, off we go! It’s no secret that tribes are looking for their next economic silver bullet. It’s also no secret that many believe that cannabis, also referred to as The Green Rush, is that silver bullet. But the economics of the cannabis market tell a different story, one that tribes...

  • Culture of chaos taking over Minn. schools

    Jul 31, 2023

    In fulfilling their promise to "do something" to ensure safe and supportive schools across our state, Minnesota legislators in this year's session passed a discipline policy banning suspensions for our youngest students. In this culture of leniency progressing across the state, the success of the new policy will depend on whether existing laws — empowering teachers to govern safe classrooms — still apply to protect the safety of all K-3 children. Under this new law, administrators forced to reduce detentions may look the other way when...

  • New cannabis law needs work

    Jul 31, 2023

    Recreational cannabis becomes legal in this state starting Tuesday, and while many have hailed this legislation for restoring adult choice, expunging past crimes and other reasons, some significant issues remain to be worked out. Chief among them is the question of exactly where individuals will be allowed to light up. Regrettably, in its zeal to pass the new legalization bill, the Legislature also appears to have made Minnesota one of the few states to allow smoking or vaping weed allowable on...

  • Cops in schools can be part of the solution

    Jul 24, 2023
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    With the reopening of Minnesota schools just weeks away, some district leaders continue to work on plans to keep students and staff safe. And once again, those efforts have sparked discussions on whether police officers should be stationed at schools. Supporters say cops in schools, often called school resource officers (SROs), can make schools safer. Opponents argue that police in schools suggest a military presence that can worsen behavioral problems while fueling racial conflict. The Star...

  • Take note, seniors: RSV vaccines are coming

    Jul 12, 2023

    In what health experts have described as a needed step forward in medicine, adults over 60 will be able to be vaccinated this fall against RSV, a virus that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates to cause between 60,000–160,000 hospitalizations and 6,000–10,000 deaths among older Americans per year through respiratory illness. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky's June 29 endorsement of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendations regarding the vaccine...

  • The Supreme Court does right by tribes, kids and the law

    Jun 29, 2023

    Opinion editor's note: Editorials represent the opinions of the Star Tribune Editorial Board, which operates independently from the newsroom. ••• The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act stands as an affirmation of this country's special obligations to protect the integrity of Native American tribes and cultures and to safeguard each tribe's most precious resource: its children. Minnesota tribes were jubilant at the recent news that the court voted 7-2 to...

  • Let the chocolate milk flow in schools

    Jun 21, 2023

    It's a challenge that parents, grandparents and child care providers are all too familiar with: In a world chock full of unhealthy but tasty processed foods, how do you get a notoriously picky group of diners - kids - to choose vegetables, fruit and other more nutritious alternatives? This common dilemma has even inspired books. In "Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals," author and frustrated mother Missy Chase Lapine outlines how to "hide" vegetables...

  • It's Time for the Biden Administration to Walk the Talk on Domestic Mining of Critical Minerals

    Jun 8, 2023

    Saint Paul, MN – In response to the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to revoke the NewRange Copper Nickel section 404 water permit, Joel Smith, President and Business Manager of LIUNA Minnesota and North Dakota released the following statement. “It’s time for the Biden Administration to walk the talk on domestic mining of critical minerals to combat climate change and protect national security. One of the most important contributions Minnesota can make to the fight against climate change and keep America safe is leading...

  • To the Editor: Americans are losing faith in our Supreme Court

    May 15, 2023

    Americans are losing faith in our Supreme Court, and it’s easy to see why. The nine justices on the Supreme Court are the only federal judges not bound by a code of ethics. It’s up to the justices to self-police on ethical issues, and they want to keep it that way. That’s why nothing happened when Clarence Thomas didn’t recuse himself from January 6th cases that could have directly implicated his wife. That’s why nothing happened when America found out Samuel Alito more than likely leaked a decision about reproductive health care to...

  • World press freedom in danger

    May 9, 2023

    The Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists announced on Monday - including the Star Tribune in the Investigative Reporting category - recognized journalism's possibilities. Journalism's perils were made clear last week on World Press Freedom Day, with the release of the World Press Freedom Index, which evaluates the environment for journalism in 180 countries. The news about news environments worldwide is not good. The situation is "very serious" in 31 countries, "difficult" in 42, "problematic"...

  • Letter to the Editor: We can't keep delaying Supreme Court ethics

    May 8, 2023

    To the Editor: The Supreme Court has a serious ethics problem, and the latest revelations about Clarence Thomas should be alarming to every American. For twenty years, Thomas has accepted high-end, luxury, all-expense-paid vacations around the world from Republican megadonor Harlan Crow. What’s more, he also sold three properties to the billionaire and never reported it on his financial disclosures. And now, it’s come to light that Crow paid the private school tuition for Thomas’s grandnephew. And he never disclosed any of it to the...

  • Biden/Trump rematch: An extravaganza of unfitness

    May 2, 2023

    A lot can happen between now and next year's election, but President Joe Biden's decision to run and former President Donald Trump's barely diminished standing with Republicans make a repeat of their 2020 contest quite likely. Pause for a moment to consider this prospect - and the epic failure it represents. The Democrats' best offer to the nation is a leader who's 80 going on 90, who can't safely be allowed off-script or put in front of reporters, whose grasp of policy and his own personal...

  • In the end, there's no good reason to legalize marijuana

    Apr 28, 2023
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    In his State of the State address, Gov. Tim Walz vowed to make Minnesota the best state in the country in which to raise a family. Now the governor and his allies are poised to diminish Minnesota's public health and quality of life by legalizing recreational pot. Extensive data from other states shows how legalization will unfold. There will be a sharp increase in traffic fatalities. A statistically small but very real cohort of people - thousands of them, disproportionately young - will develop...

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