Politics

Get a Preview of the 2020 Legislative Session

  The governor brought dessert bars to create a quintessential Minnesota welcome for the newest legislative leader, Sen. Susan Kent, a Democrat from Woodbury, who...

Remembering Jim Lehrer

  PBS icon Jim Lehrer died in January at age 85. Lehrer was a talent. He was the writer of memoirs - three - and...

Wonder what it’s like inside a legalized hemp greenhouse?

  The sign outside says it all: “This is not marijuana. It will not get you high. These are hemp plants.” Why the warning? Because...

What is fueling Minnesota’s growing hemp industry?

  It looks like marijuana. It smells like marijuana. But this is not marijuana. "It's smokable hemp flower," explains Tim Frey from Global Organic Distro. "Inhalation...

Explore Ideas Aimed at Rethinking Prison in Minnesota

  The video above was recorded at the Twin Cities PBS event "Community Conversations: Rethinking Prison" on December 10, 2019. Minnesota’s incarceration and probation practices are...

Gov. Walz Breaks with Tradition and Goes on a Bonding Tour

  A National Guard Armory is familiar territory for former soldier Governor Tim Walz, who visited the Rosemount outpost. The aging Armory is seeking $11 million...

Minnesota has a $1.3 billion budget surplus. Now what?

  The budget forecast shows a $1.3 billion projected surplus - and Minnesota is also outperforming the nation and region, especially when it comes to...

Which legislative leader’s side dish is the tastiest of them all?

James Beard once said that food is the common denominator that brings people together. While Minnesota lawmakers may be accustomed to debating their different...

Andrew Volstead Was More Than the Architect of Prohibition

  At the beginning of the 20th century, a great shift was happening in American life. Widespread drinking was blamed for family poverty and an unstable...

Rethinking Prison: Incarceration Stories in Minnesota

Minnesota's prison system is often described using numbers: 9,607: The total prison population as of July 2019. 93.1 versus 6.9: The percentage of males versus females in the prison...