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Tue, 09/20/2011 - 8:06pm

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Tue, 09/20/2011 - 8:04pm

By month’s end, some Minnesota farmers will likely fire up their combines and begin harvesting corn and soybeans. That’s when we’ll begin hearing hard numbers about crop yields and the effects of this year’s unusually hot summer and the drought conditions that are spreading throughout the so...

Mon, 09/19/2011 - 9:06pm

In November, voters in just more than a third of Minnesota’s 340 school districts will have school levies on their ballots. They’ll be asked either to extend a previously approved tax or to raise property taxes to help local schools. Traditionally, districts have used referendums to seek funds f...

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 10:58pm

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner gave a speech Thursday outlining the GOP’s ideas for job creation and its prescriptions for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Allow me to quote two sentences from it. There was this: “If we want to create a better environment for job creat...

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 10:58pm

For the past several years, Congress has hit the snooze button on U.S. Postal Service reforms. It can do so no longer: At the end of this month, the USPS will no longer be able to pay its bills. Three pieces of legislation are pending, each offering measures to stem the Postal Service crisis, and th...

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 7:20pm

About the only thing that Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., gets right when she talks about the HPV vaccine is that she’s not a scientist or a doctor. That lack of credentials, though, can’t excuse the breathtaking ignorance that suffuses her comments about this critical health issue. Nor can it j...

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 6:53pm

It’s a truism that the U.S. economy cannot fully recover as long as millions of homeowners continue to owe more money on their houses than the property is worth. But if the past three years have proven anything, it is the difficulty of designing a housing rescue with benefits that outweigh the cos...

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 6:55pm

When quizzed on the problem of illegal immigration at their previous debate, the Republican presidential hopefuls were by turns vague, evasive, confused, contradictory and — in the notable case of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who opposes a border fence because it might prevent law-abiding Americans fro...

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 8:24pm

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Sun, 09/11/2011 - 8:34pm