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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

When Japan suffered its terrible earthquake in March, there was hope for a silver lining: Perhaps the squabbling leaders in Tokyo would pull together and rally to the cause of reconstruction. So far, no such luck. Ordinary people affected by the quake won the world’s admiration with their neighbor...

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 4:55pm

Vice President Joe Biden has emphatically backed away from his apparent endorsement of China’s one-child policy. But he made another statement during his recent trip to China, on human rights, that also caught our eye. The one-child remark was off the cuff. Mr. Biden was answering questions from a...

Mon, 08/29/2011 - 8:13pm

Sometimes little steps can make big differences. The Aug. 15 Times news report “St. Cloud group plans GLBT prom for area teens” brings that point to mind for several reasons. Most of all, plans for this event — organized by the group Central MN Prom Alternative — are yet another reflection o...

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 5:18pm

We think Washington  area residents deserve something of a pass for our bumbling response to the earthquake Tuesday. Earthquakes rarely occur here, let alone ones that register 5.8 on the Richter scale, so it’s no surprise that people didn’t respond with the instinctive smarts of California...

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 7:55pm

What happened to our more than $40 million? And what’s with the speculation that the dreamers of a coal-gasification plant on the Iron Range may come asking us for more cash?...

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 7:50pm