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Lately, Minnesota’s gray wolves have inspired more passion than the Minnesota Timberwolves. That’s partly because of their iconic image, which fits perfectly with the postcard version of “Up North,” the mythical Minnesota of the Boundary Waters and beyond. It’s also because management of t...

Wed, 04/27/2011 - 8:39pm

One of the Obama administration’s explanations for its reluctance to act in Libya, Syria and other Middle East crisis zones is the need to focus attention on what it sees as the pivotal country in the region - Egypt. “The question is: where should our resources be?” Vice President Joe Biden sa...

Tue, 04/26/2011 - 5:47pm

The U.S. government still owns 92 percent of AIG, the troubled insurance giant whose dangerous derivatives business blew up in 2008, necessitating a federal bailout. The government also retains about one-quarter of the common stock of General Motors, which it took as part of the $50 billion bankrupt...

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 8:03pm

Bids will soon be opened for the biggest Central Minnesota road expansion project in several years — and one that’s been in the works for at least a decade: the expansion of 8 miles of Minnesota Highway 23 to four lanes between Foley and just east of St. Cloud. The project brings to mind two wor...

Thu, 04/21/2011 - 8:04pm

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton could be saving the state hundreds of millions with one key agreement made recently. Dayton announced the state’s four large HMOs, which administer the state’s health care plans, have agreed to cap their 2011 profits and give back excess. Had that same agreement been i...

Wed, 04/20/2011 - 5:04pm

Animal-rights activists tend to play by their own set of rules and often are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to support their cause. After all, it takes a certain amount of intestinal fortitude to get hired by a hog operation or turkey farm, then bring a hidden camera with you.  So we...

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 6:31pm

Natural gas is tantalizing. It’s cheap. It’s abundant in the United States, which has reserves sufficient to meet American energy demand for a century. It’s much cleaner than coal, producing fewer harmful substances that foul air around power plants and half the greenhouse emissions....

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 9:01pm

WASHINGTON — This week the House of Representatives will take the first real step in addressing our looming fiscal crisis by bringing “The Path to Prosperity,” a budget resolution for next year and beyond, to the House floor. This budget offers a clear contrast to the president’s speech on W...

Sun, 04/17/2011 - 3:10pm

When Minnesota parents send their children off to school, they expect them to have qualified teachers. In fact, state law clearly says that teachers must have state-issued licenses to teach certain subject areas or grade levels. Despite those rules, hundreds of state instructors do their jobs withou...

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 4:23pm

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton recently gave the state just what the doctor ordered. Seeking to curb rocketing costs in the state budget’s fastest growing category, he ordered HMOs that provide state health care plans to go through a competitive bid process as well as enact rules that would ensure mor...

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 5:48pm