One of the takeaways from a three-day conference in Granite Falls: Signs of growth and progress toward equity abound in Greater Minnesota.
In Greater Minnesota, an unrelieved narrative of decline and despair is both false and counterproductive. Signs of re-invention, self-reliance, resilience and vitality abound.
Leaders and community activists have made a remarkable 10-year commitment to closing the opportunity gaps for youth in southwestern Minnesota.
Connecting workers in need of jobs with employers in need of well-matched workers should be a driving force in transportation policy.
Student speakers at a recent forum showed a confidence that both they and the majority white culture in Minnesota will make progress toward higher education equity.
The House-Senate “Working Group on Economic Disparities’’ shows a need for sustained resolve to prioritize racial equity.
Author Steven Hill describes how those without W-2 pay could have less precarious lives.
The Minnesota disparity: a chasm between a relatively even prosperity in the suburban/exurban ring and the more distressed spaces within and outside that ring.
In 2015 the Legislature should not undo the progress made over the last two years by backsliding toward increased regressivity.
“We can’t just rely on the school system, we can’t just rely on the city government, or on the parents, or on the nonprofits. We have to work on this as a group,” said Red Wing City Council President Lisa Bayley.
An Itasca County event was like a massive parent-teacher-student conference in which adults were submitting to a performance review from youth.
Be wary of assuming you have the “will of the people” behind you, or that you fully understand that will.
Study after study and ranking after ranking puts our North Star State near the top or heading in the right direction.
The launch of Met Council’s “Thrive MSP” is one of the latest leading indicators.
“The school system is so rushed — to teach something you will remember for a test and then forget — that there’s no time for relationships,’’ says Paris Carruthers, 22.
Much of the coming tax increases will be paid by people who now have a greater share of total income and wealth than their ranks have had since “The Great Gatsby’’ was written.
I don’t recall ever hearing as many tax opponents acknowledge that our communities do need more revenue for public investment and for dealing with demographic challenges.
We will do great damage to our brand and our reputation if we approve either one of the constitutional amendments on the ballot in November.