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Minneapolis Focuses on Threat to Environment Over Public Safety

Minneapolis just became one of the first 100 cities in the world to hire a chief resilience officer. The new employee, former DFL legislator Rep. Kate Knuth, says it will take a year to figure out her newly created city job. The Rockefeller Foundation will pay Kate Knuth's $114,000 salary during her on-the-job-training as she learns to "address such challenges as sea-level rise, extreme weather, crime, and public health threats." But Knuth could start earning her benefactor's exorbitant pay much sooner by paying more attention to the environment in south Minneapolis.  Rick Groger, a south Minneapolis resident, issued an urgent plea to...

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My Quick Conservative Take on the Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates Debate

I attended the Minneapolis mayoral candidates debate today at the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.  The best part was the excellent questions asked by the moderators, Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey School and Lee Schafer, business columnist for the Star Tribune.  Their common-sense questions called the candidates to account for all the anti-business craziness that’s been coming out of City Hall in recent years.  Here’s what they asked: Are you seeking the support of business owners? What do you say to business owners who say that their complaints about hostility in city government toward the business community has fallen on...

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City Councilor Posts Veiled Facebook Threat to MN Congressman

Lino Lakes City Councilor Melissa Maher crossed the line with the latest unhinged left-wing tirade over the end of Obamacare as we knew it. Maher's threatening post on Congressman Tom Emmer's Facebook page should erase any doubts over which side should get credit for most of the toxic political climate. The Star Tribune reports the left-wing councilor's ire was stirred up somehow by by the congressman's visit to a farm in Cokato. Maher wrote: “If I were you Emmer, I’d avoid people who have a lot of deadly objects at hand. Selling us all out was not a good plan for your...

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Trapshooting Team Banned From School Yearbook [Updated]

Big Lake High School has a trapshooting team, which isn't surprising since trapshooting is the fastest-growing sport in Minnesota. Currently, around 11,000 students in 343 Minnesota high schools participate in the sport. From the photo below, it looks as though trapshooting is popular in Big Lake. Over 50 students apparently are participating: That's a nice photo, but it won't be appearing in the Big Lake High School yearbook. The Star Tribune reports that the photo has been banned because the trapshooters are holding firearms: Big Lake High School trapshooting coach Rhonda Eckerdt says she learned Wednesday from the athletic director that the...

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National Review Highlights SEIU Fraud in PCA Election

A personal-care attendant in Otter Tail County said she never voted for the union or agreed to join and have dues deducted. In the fall of 2015, however, she noticed that the SEIU had been skimming dues from her Medicaid funds. When she complained, the SEIU said it had her signed dues-deduction authorization card on file. ...

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Is Gustavus College’s “Fake News” Guide Reliable or Biased?

Gustavus Adolphus is teaching students how to fight fake news. There is concern, though, that the college's library encourages students to trust media outlets from only one end of the political spectrum. According to Gustavus, the “fake news” guide helps students spot fake news, gives them tips on fact checking, and supplies a chart to tell them which news sources they should follow. But the “best” sources include some eyebrow-raising choices. While Gustavus’ library does admit “determining the ‘best’ sources to read will always have some degree of subjectivism,” its guide doesn’t give students much wiggle room to think for...

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Where have all the Liberals Gone? I found one!

Here is Doug Berdie, a Minneapolis semi-retired marketing executive and researcher, in a common-sense plea to liberals in the Strib to liberals: “Think about the pre-election push for transgender bathroom rights. It’s as if someone had said: ‘I know, let’s find a demand that some will perceive as allowing invasions of privacy or even sexual advances against their young daughters and really push it right before an election.’”...

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A Voice of Reason But is Anyone on the Left Listening?

It baffles many on the right why Democrats would double-down on a far left agenda that's decimated the party's stable of elected officials nationwide, including here. But a crack in the DFL's dam appeared over the weekend in a Star Tribune op-ed. A self-described lifelong liberal challenged the state's DFL political establishment to get back in touch with the rank and file that used to form the party's base. ...

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Out of touch? Franken and Klobuchar oppose Gorsuch while even the Star Tribune recommends confirmation

The Star Tribune editorial headline, in another concession to sensibility and moderation, reads “Gorsuch has earned Senate confirmation,” but Minnesota’s two U.S. senators lurch further left as they announce they’ll vote “No” and ponder joining a Democrat filibuster.  Here is what the Star Tribune (and most of the country) sees in Judge Gorsuch and what Senators Franken and Klobuchar are apparently blind to: Based on his credentials alone, Judge Neil Gorsuch should have had a relatively easy path to confirmation as a Supreme Court justice. He is a well-regarded, deeply experienced jurist who has clerked for two Supreme Court justices, in...

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Students at Gustavus: White Lab Rats?

Provocative posters were put up by a student group at Gustavus Adolphus College on Tuesday in “an effort to start a dialogue about diversity and immigration.” Except students didn’t know the posters, and their reactions to the posters, were part of a “social experiment.” And that didn't go over well. The signs said: “A notice to all white Americans. It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They are criminals. America is a white nation.”...

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