In the past several years Minnesota has seen several outbreaks of diseases that were preventable via vaccinations, including Rochester’s pertussis outbreak in 2015 and the measles outbreak cases in St. Paul and St. Cloud in 2017.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how access to telecommunications services is critical to citizens’ well-being.
I agree with Gary Norman that substance use disorder (SUD) is a treatable disease and that stigma continues unabated. However, I disagree with his commentary on two points.
An April Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that roughly one in three people who hadn’t been vaccinated reported concerns that they might have to pay for a vaccine.
We are experiencing the onslaught of extraordinary heat waves, droughts, storms, fires, and floods that cause unmitigated and prolonged scarcities of food and water all over the world.
The next time you talk to people who condemn “dirty and dangerous” oil and protest the flow of oil through pipelines, ask them what they did that day and help them count how many times they utilized a petroleum product.
Through the study of law and U.S. history, critical race theory attempts to reveal how racial oppression shaped the legal fabric of the U.S.
We celebrate with gratitude the $18.33 million (of $100 million in Housing Infrastructure Bonds) set aside for new home production and $3.25 million for the Workforce Homeownership Program, specifically focused on affordable ownership.
On July 2, 1863, as Union troops were trying desperately to hold the line on Cemetery Ridge, a major hole opened up and nearly 1,200 Confederate troops marched forward. The only unit that could stop them was the grossly outnumbered 1st Minnesota.
The road forward to an indivisible nation will require forgiveness but not forgetfulness. It will require that we see ourselves as being universally connected to other souls with good intent.
Most Minnesotans agree that we need a place to commemorate the life and tragic murder of George Floyd, as well as a space where people can acknowledge the larger social justice movement that his death helped to inspire.
A woman overheard in the supermarket is surely far from being alone in her thinking that it’s OK for boys to use the f-bomb but not girls.
It is estimated that the nation could earn $5.3 trillion in increased tax revenue from a more skilled workforce if we closed the achievement gap in math and science over the next 60 years.
The coalescence of two recent court cases may warrant revisiting the issue of unionization of college athletics, at least those in big-time sports activities.
If you commit to bipartisanship with a party that’s waging an all-out war on democracy, the only bipartisan thing you’ll win is its demise.
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners adopted its first Climate Action Plan on May 4. Unfortunately, the plan falls short of what it needs to do.
We now have a real chance to disrupt traditional grading practices in schools, districts and even higher education.
Medical and treatment providers disagree about which treatments are most effective, and people continue to face barriers getting into treatment.
On Wednesday the General Assembly will again vote on a resolution calling on the U.S. to end its 60-year economic, commercial, financial, cultural blockade imposed against Cuba.
We can see more clearly now than ever before that students aren’t learning the skills needed to succeed in a global, dynamic society and that the current factory model of education perpetuates systemic inequality.