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Michael Ernst

St. Cloud, Minnesota
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6 years 38 weeks

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The $9.55 million was an estimate. The actual increase was $18.5 million.

I'll add to Beth-Ann's comments. The comments for District 17B state "...Republican groups trying to tie her to $2 billion in tax increases over the last two years and the faulty state health insurance exchange." The health insurance exchange has had problems, but I don't believe it's accurate to say that the whole thing is faulty. This is stated as a matter of fact. How about "...and the problems surrounding the roll-out of the state health insurance exchange."?

Posted on 09/11/14 at 12:27 pm in response to When is an endorsement not an 'endorsement'?

The title of this piece made me think it was going to be about Jim Knobloch's "endorsements":

Posted on 02/17/14 at 03:06 pm in response to Archdiocese releases names of nine more problem priests

Two, because the police chief IS the town drunk.

So if their intent really is to get rid of Maestro Vänskä, what would happen if he said, "Don't worry, I'm not leaving. Let me know when you've got this whole thing worked out and I'll be ready and waiting."?

Posted on 08/15/13 at 12:55 pm in response to Which Minnesota cities will receive largest LGA payouts?

I beg to differ with Jody; the map could be much better. What's the point of having a legend for the size of the per capita circles when the sizes change as you zoom in and out? And why discretize those amounts? That results in the loss of information. The area of the circle should be proportional to what it represents. This is clearly not true if you look at the three green circles around Saint Cloud, all of the same size. The per capita amounts range from $6.97 to $178.13. This map...

Posted on 08/15/13 at 01:06 pm in response to Which Minnesota cities will receive largest LGA payouts?

The table is supposed to be color coded to match the map, but it contains multiple shades of the same color. On first impression, I would assume that the different shades are tied to population. Maybe light green is a smaller large city and dark green is a larger large city. But after some studying, it becomes clear that there is different shading for even and odd numbered rows. That is visually confusing when you expect the table to match the map.

Posted on 01/19/12 at 12:02 pm in response to All heck breaking loose in Republican race

You left out Herman Cain's substitute candidacy for Stephen Colbert. :o)