Saturday, September 24, 2022


The health-care subsidy extension a relief for small businesses; Consumer groups press for a bill to reform credit reporting; and an international group aims to transform how people view peace and conflict.


Condemnation of Russian war on Ukraine continues at the U.N, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there's need for worker training to rebuild Puerto Rico, the House takes on record corporate profits while consumers struggle with inflation.


The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts two winters across the U.S., the Inflation Reduction Act could level the playing field for rural electric co-ops, and pharmacies are dwindling in rural America.


Community housing groups say extreme weather events are one of several reasons aging homes are running into repair backlogs, and that for many homeowners, securing a home-improvement loan is difficult. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Housing Crisis: Government Help for Older Homes Seen as Solution

As the housing market navigates a sea of obstacles, community-level organizations in Minnesota are urging governments to take a closer look at their …

Minnesota recorded 570 gun-related deaths last year, and a majority of them were listed as suicides. That's promoted calls for increased education about the safe storage of firearms. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

MN Report Amplifies Concerns About Guns, Suicide Link

For the second year in a row, suicides represent nearly 70% of all gun deaths in Minnesota. Those working to stop gun violence hope the new data …

Analysts say had the federal government not temporarily expanded the Child Tax Credit, child poverty would have fallen to 8.1% last year, rather than 5.2%. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, September 19, 2022

Policy Expert: Good News on Poverty Should Be the Norm

On the heels of a promising poverty report, there are renewed calls to make permanent certain pandemic policies that helped struggling families in …

While Minnesota hasn't joined the group of states to legalize sports betting, more debate is expected in future sessions as supporters argue about the potential for additional state revenue. (Adobe Stock)
Football is Back, Prompting Warnings to Avoid Gambling Traps

The Vikings and Gophers recently kicked off their new seasons, and for local football fans wanting to navigate online sports betting, there are …

Nurses in Minnesota who are on strike this week say hospital CEO pay is one of several factors contributing to staffing issues. (Adobe Stock)
MN Nurses: Strike About Patient Safety

The largest nurses strike in U.S. history started yesterday in Minnesota. Those walking the picket lines said they want the public to know it is not …

Beyond crime and safety, a survey of East Metro residents of the Twin Cities area found that education and economic impacts from COVID-19 were considered significant issues. (Adobe Stock)
MN Survey Shows Declining Trust in Key Institutions

The midterm elections are near - meaning candidates, political analysts and the media want to know more about what voters are thinking. Those behind …

Experts believe the real cost of financial fraud is much higher than what's been reported, because so many people who've been taken advantage of are too ashamed to come forward. (Adobe Stock)
Report Suggests Fraud Descriptions Need a Makeover

Changing how people talk about victims of financial fraud could lead to a shift in how Minnesota and the nation respond to this growing sector of crim…

Environmental and family farm advocates say there's been a proliferation of large confined-animal feeding operations in states such as Minnesota, with most of them deigned for hogs. (Adobe Stock)
Rural MN Communities Fight Influence of Factory Farms

This week, a northern Minnesota county advanced a large-scale hog feedlot project. Opponents argued such operations are not what rural communities …

School social workers in Minnesota say they're trying to be more intentional about listening to a student's concerns about not feeling safe or welcome. (Adobe Stock)
New Year, New Campus Culture for Some MN Schools

School districts across Minnesota are opening their doors today for the start of a new year, but for some students, lingering racial trauma and other …

Last year, Minnesota boosted state aid for school districts, but many administrators say they're still swimming in red ink while warning of future cuts. (Adobe Stock)
As Candidates Court Voters, MN School Leaders Detail Budget Woes

Most Minnesota school districts are preparing to welcome back students next week, and some administrators are expressing growing concern over their …

Washington Monthly ranks the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus 23rd in the nation when it comes to research that benefits the broader public. (Adobe Stock)
UMN Fares Well in 'Socially Conscious' College Rankings

The University of Minnesota's flagship campus, along with some other regional schools, are included in annual higher-education rankings shining a …

Last year, Congress approved a massive infrastructure bill. But rural community advocates say it's sometime hard to compete with bigger cities for that kind of funding. New development grants in the CHIPS Act are meant to create more fairness. (Adobe Stock)
Rural MN Could See Economic Jolt from CHIPS Act

A program approved by Congress aims to give rural communities in Minnesota and elsewhere a boost when applying for federal dollars. The CHIPS Act…


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