Minneapolis Star Tribune
Where were the women or people of color? That's the question state Rep. Jennifer Schultz and others have been asking since her fellow legislators elected four white men to fill all the openings on the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents last month. The Feb. 22 vote by a joint session of the Legislature has come under fire from those who say diversity should have been more of a priority in the selection process.
Optimism is the byproduct of anticipation, especially during springtime baseball, and Paul Molitor, like every manager preparing to open training camp, freely admits he has been infected. While most Minnesota Twins fans regard the 2016 season, worst in franchise history, as wreckage to be carted away or bulldozed over, the manager is able to discern a skeletal foundation for success, still intact under the debris.
After watching the dismal performances of American curlers at the past two Winter Olympics, Tabitha Peterson agreed that her sport needed to rethink the way it did things. Still, she said, it felt like a radical shift in 2014 when USA Curling instituted a new method of funding and training its elite athletes.
Minnesota's 201 state lawmakers have not had a salary increase in nearly two decades. But some members of the Legislature have managed to at least double their base salaries with hefty expense reimbursements. A newly formed state panel, approved by voters last fall, is now meeting to consider an increase to the yearly legislative salary of $31,140, the same since 1998. Legislative expense records analyzed by the Star Tribune show how some lawmakers substantially supplement their earnings.
Minnesota is still struggling to retain teachers, according to a new state Department of Education report that revealed an increase in teachers leaving their positions. The 2017 Teacher Supply and Demand report, released Wednesday, finds that the number of teachers leaving their jobs has increased 34 percent since 2008. After three years, more than a quarter of teachers have left their jobs, and about 15.1 percent leave after the first year, according to the report’s average percentage of teachers leaving.
MINNEAPOLIS — A large crowd filled the plaza in front of the federal courthouse in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump's recent executive order placing limits on immigration. At least 1,000 people showed up at the 4:30 p.m. start of the planned rally, and by the time they began marching, Minneapolis police estimated that the demonstrators numbered about 5,000.
The state of Minnesota on Tuesday announced the launch of new savings accounts that could lift hundreds of people with disabilities out of poverty by allowing them to accumulate savings without jeopardizing their public health insurance coverage and other government benefits.
Other View Football firing a start in culture shift at U of M University of Minnesota Athletic Director Mark Coyle moved quickly—and appropriately—to fire Tracy Claeys after the football coach sided with his players against the administration in the recent scandal of sexual assault allegations against multiple players.
Bob Schnelker, who scored the first touchdown in Minnesota Vikings history and was later the team’s offensive coordinator, died Monday at age 88. His daughter, Kristina Pinkston, said he passed...