City increases transparency with open data portal

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Last month, the City of Minneapolis launched its open data portal, a website that provides online access to municipally collected information.

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Council on Black Minnesotans announces ‘aggressive’ agenda during its ‘Day on the Hill’

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The Black population in Minnesota has increased by at least six times since the Council on Black Minnesotans (COBM) was founded in 1980.

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BEHIND THE STORY | Paying for public servants

I thought law enforcement officials were supposed to be public servants. Like teachers, police and other law enforcement serve the citizens of a local area and are paid by taxpayer dollars. The latest threat to ten organizers of the December Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America, however, purports a different view. By charging these organizers with the cost of riot police and extra security ordered by the Mall of America, Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson shifts our relationship with the police to extreme anarchist libertarianism, where citizens are individually charged for the “use” of these public servants, even when they didn’t request them.

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Help sought to tackle rising tuition, student debt

A 15-year trend of rising tuition for students attending public and private colleges throughout Minnesota has captured the attention of the House Higher Education Po

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Lots of MN House members not really tired of hearing voter complaints about election junkmail

Since our world headquarters in sunny Maynard is nestled in one of the flipped House districts, Bluestem still has a pile of 2014 Independent Expenditure political junkmail sent by the friends of b

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Minnesota state, local taxes fairer than most, report finds

Minnesota’s tax structure is among the fairest in the country, according to the results of an annual analysis of state and local tax systems released today by the nonpartisan MORE »

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