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When U.S. troops marched into Iraq in 2003, I, like many Americans, was outraged at what I considered a senseless and unjustified military action. As I spoke to my mother about it on the phone, I noticed that the angrier I got, the more uncomfortable she became. At first I thought perhaps she disagr...

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 8:37pm

Though it may not have been the sort of ending to a story that one local family might have hoped for, it is a happy ending that will benefit more kids than simply those in that family....

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 6:58pm

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Thu, 09/08/2011 - 6:54pm

NEW YORK — No doubt, President Barack Obama will call for stimulus when he talks about job creation in his speech Thursday. Since many of us by now recoil at the word, perhaps it helps to ask, once again: Which Obama stimulus would be the least bad?...

Wed, 09/07/2011 - 6:06pm

Back-to-school season arrives with the hope and possibilities of a new academic year, but it can also bring feelings of dread as communities brace for test results measuring adequate yearly progress, or AYP. The MCA statewide exams that determine the federally required AYP are expected to be release...

Wed, 09/07/2011 - 6:05pm

Rafael Ortega is a Ramsey County commissioner who supports the Vikings’ plan to build a new stadium. The cost would be about $1 billion, with Ramsey County kicking in $350 million from a new sales tax.  Ortega is ready to impose that tax without letting residents vote on it, but Gov. Mark Day...

Tue, 09/06/2011 - 8:58pm

In a case that garnered national attention, Christopher Wise of Seattle, a college graduate, was recently sentenced to more than three years in prison after being charged with murder for allowing his 88-year-old mom to rot to death. He was her sole caretaker. Disturbingly, if Wise had lived in Minne...

Mon, 09/05/2011 - 8:52pm

It was recently reported the erstwhile Minnesota State College and University System chancellor was receiving a $50,000 bonus for work he did in his final year as the head of the system. That was the maximum that could be given under his contract. We certainly have taken issue with the lavish bonuse...

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 6:49pm

Minnesotans face epic challenges on many fronts — jobs, the economy, a balanced state budget, public education and infrastructure, an aging population — the list goes on. But there already are strong signals that the dominant statewide Election Day question in 2012 will be the vote on a constitu...

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 4:06pm

There aren’t all that many places in the world where law enforcement officers would move against a powerful millionaire based on the word of a poor, immigrant chambermaid. In fewer places still would the people who cuffed the suspect admit mistakes and later ask that charges be dropped....

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 5:11pm