Economy

Student debt is a problem for everyone

Bring up student loans anywhere near a college campus and you’re sure to get more than a little nervous laughter.
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When We Talk About "Homelessness", What are We Really Talking About?

Currie Avenue, Minneapolis

I start quite deliberately with the scare quotes above because it is one of my primary objectives here to articulate my discomfort with the way the term “homelessness” is conventionally used.

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How do you get women's voices heard?

"[There is power in] writing down your own words and speaking and performing them in public.

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Stadium update: Where are the true numbers?

It has been a while since we have talked about what is supposed to be the greatest employment story in the history of Minnesota: the new Vikings stadium, with its price tag of over a billion dollar

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Minnesota college students face loan crisis

(l-r) Joyce Ester, Kent Pekel, Dean Barbara Butts Williams. Photos by Charles Hallman

Kids from low-income families, communities of color hardest hit by debt


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Shopping farmer’s markets with SNAP benefits gains steam

Steve Krikava, a board member of MAZON, A Jewish Response to Hunger, Colleen Moriarity, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, and Rep. Sarah Anderson testify for a bill to establish a Healthy Eating Here at Home program. Photo by Andrew VonBank

Fresh fruits and vegetables grown right here in Minnesota are a staple of farmer’s markets, so allowing low-income consumers to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assi

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Melin to Drazkowski: education, not cheap cigarettes, lifts people out of poverty

It is a fact universally acknowledged that Bluestem Prairie isn't the biggest fan of Representative Carly Melin (DFL, Hibbing), but when we heard the unedited version of the exchange in the House T

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How do your wages stack up? New analysis pinpoints cost of living in Minnesota

As debate swirled at the State Capitol in recent years over whether – and how much – to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage, lawmakers found themselves confronted with a question their own experts could

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