North Minneapolis residents fight out-of-state investors, poor maintenance

(Photo courtesy of Connie Beckers)

If you’re a landlord in the city of Minneapolis, you already have the home field advantage when it comes to the rental game. But some North Minneapolis residents say they’re tired of out-of-state landlords playing hardball with their neighborhoods.

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Daniel Lattier: It's time to decentralize our schools

When I discuss the problems in Minnesota’s education system with others, I frequently reference one telling statistic more than any other.

No, it’s not proficiency scores; and it’s not graduation rates.

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Minneapolis’ Regulatory Services looks to be more helpful to homeowners, landlords

Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, the City of Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services Director, held a follow up on a forum held a year ago.

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OPINION | I am a Muslim American and I deserve respect

(Photograph by Kristoffer Tigue)

After reading about Chris Lollie’s arrest in St. Paul and the terrible treatment he received, I was inspired to come forward with my own bad experience with local law enforcement.

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Situational ethics in St. Paul

Does the City of St Paul have a code of ethics for it's elected officials so the public can be clear as well as elected officials when a situation erupts as happened in the Black Bear Crossings settlement? Underlying the $800,000 settlement is the personal relationship that's between Councilperson Amy Brendmoen and the St Paul Director of Parks and Recreation Michael Hahm. Did it play a factor in St Paul's interaction with Black Bear Crossings and the large settlement? Some people may believe it did, while others do not. The public may never know.

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Six reasons why Hmong Americans should vote this year

(Photo by Tiffany Vang)

Historically, the Hmong community has had one of the lowest voter turnouts, but with outreach campaigns there have been considerable advances made in increasing a Hmong voting bloc in Minnesota.

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Torrey Westrom voted to cut child protection services funding in 2011

Child protection services politics in Minnesota have long been contentious, with cries for reform going up when a child dies, as is the circumstance with the death of Eric Dean,MORE »

Mehr Jay Shahidi: Is this Cold War 2?

The editors of Time magazine needed almost 6 years to pay attention to my article published in Twin Cities Daily Planet on September 8, 2008, in which I stated that Cold War Two had started (see Ti

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Lobbyist influence in the 2014 legislative session

Many of us learned about government and how it works by watching “I’m Just a Bill on Capitol Hill.” Part of the ABC School House Rock series, it depicted the process of how a bill becomes a law in Washington, D.C. It describes the role of citizens, members of Congress, and the president in legislating. Yet it left out an important actor–lobbyists. In so many ways, legislating would be impossible–good or bad–without lobbyists, and that is equally true in Minnesota.

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