Policy

Construction Continues to Upgrade Accessibility at the Capitol

  After the $300 million top-to-bottom restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol, we returned to check up on the accessibility of the campus. Our tour...

What Does It Take to Bring MN’s Bison Herds Back?

  Minnesota has had a herd of bison at Blue Mounds State Park since the 1961. In 2008, the state's Department of Natural Resources reevaluated its...

Bde Maka Ska or Lake Calhoun? The Lake with Two Names.

  If you live in Minnesota, you’ve already heard about the Lake Calhoun-Bde Maka Ska naming debate.  If you don’t live in Minnesota, you SHOULD...

Gov. Tim Walz Reflects on His First Legislative Session

  Gov. Tim Walz has completed his first legislative session. The Democrat from Minnesota, a former teacher, made education a priority during the legislative session...

Did the MN Legislature carve a masterpiece budget? An illustrated essay...

  The Minnesota legislative session is close to wrapping up its work for 2019, and once again the final days were not easy sailing. David...

A Year of Dynamic New Lawmakers in St. Paul

  Mary Lahammer reports that this year's legislature is notable for the number of influential freshmen. As the regular legislative session comes to an end,...

2019 State Budget Negotiations Continue

  There's just a handful of days left before the legislature has to adjourn the regular session and a budget agreement still does not exist...

The Challenging History of Historic Dakota Place Names

    Recently the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that state law wasn't followed when the name of Lake Calhoun was changed back to its historic...

Warning: One MILLION Species At Risk!

  That was the attention-getting summary of a global biodiversity study released by the United Nations. One of the authors of the study released in...

30-Second Minnesota: Rondo Neighborhood

What urban neighborhood was demolished to make way for highway i-94? Hint: it's a community that's still remembered and celebrated every July. Discover more bite-sized...