Minnesota needs to attract outsiders to offset population loss

MinnPost photo by Rita Kovtun

Forget peak oil. Peak population is a more likely reality in the near term. In the Strib, Jennifer Brooks writes, “In the near future, deaths in Minnesota will outnumber the births. For the state to keep its population numbers up, it will have to rely on fresh blood from outside its borders, according to a new report by the Minnesota State Demographic Center. … The numbers don’t come as a surprise to the people who have been tracking the state population. Every year since 2001, Minnesota has lost more population than any other U.S. state. Those losses, however, have been countered by even greater numbers of new residents arriving from elsewhere.”

All things considered, better them than us. At MPR Jon Collins says, “As the East Coast braces for a record-setting winter storm, the ground in the Twin Cities is almost bare, with warmer than usual temperatures expected to continue for most of the week. The warm weather worries organizers of the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, who are preparing for the prospect that there won’t be enough snow to hold the race on its planned route this weekend. … Operations director Mike Erickson said cancellation isn’t an option. Organizers are weighing whether to confine events to Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes or relocate to an artificial snow route in Theodore Wirth Park, a step they also took in 2012.”

As we eagerly await our hour of glory and ultimate major league-ness, not to mention the vast windfall of profits flowing to all manner of businesses, the AP’s Josh Hoffner and Jacques Billeaud report: “What may be not visible amid all the hoopla is a sobering reality about the Super Bowl host city: Glendale [Arizona] is suffering deep financial issues over its troubled effort to become a sports destination. Glendale bet big on professional sports in the last 15 years, spending millions of dollars on a hockey arena for the Arizona Coyotes and investing heavily in a spring training ballpark for the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Then the economy tanked, and the hockey team went through bankruptcy, with several different owners in recent years. The city has found stronger financial footing since then and its bond rating has improved markedly, but not without having to raise taxes, trim 25 percent of the municipal workforce, cut back on paving projects, and reduce hours at municipal swimming pools and libraries. The 9.2 percent sales tax that shoppers and diners pay in Glendale is among the highest in the state.”

Are you suffering under the cruel fist of Sharia Law right here in Minneapolis? City Pages’ Cory Zurowski indicates that you might, if you listened to enough talk radio. “Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins bears a messianic cross. According to FRC, the Washington, D.C.-based group that envisions an America where ‘human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives,’ Perkins, a Marine vet and former member of the Louisiana legislature, ‘has a tremendous burden to reclaim the culture for Christ.’ That burden now includes liberating parts of Minneapolis where Islamic law has supposedly supplanted the authority of local, state, and federal governments. … During a recent segment of the FRC- produced Washington Watch, a caller told Perkins about ‘no-go zones,’ areas where Muslims are ‘doing military-type training in Virginia and New York.’ Perkins responded by saying he too had heard of such rumors. Perkins added, ‘They have like 700 no-go zones [in France] where authorities have allowed Sharia law to be imposed. There are some areas in this country that in effect that has occurred. Dearborn, Michigan, is one of the places, there are some places in Minneapolis.’

Done deal. At MPR Martin Moylan and Mark Zdechlik say, “Twin Cities-based Medtronic officially became an Irish enterprise on Monday. … In a statement, CEO Omar Ishrak said the acquisition ‘marks a significant milestone in our industry, creating a company uniquely positioned to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life for more patients around the world.’ The purchase makes Medtronic an Irish company for tax purposes, allowing it to return foreign earnings to U.S. operations without taking a big tax hit.”

Saturday’s accidental shooting of a 13 year-old by his brother, the Strib’s Jessie Van Berkel reports: “No one was arrested and police said they do not expect future arrests. ‘Although this appears to be a horrible accident, upon completion of this investigation, the facts we gather will be presented to the Dakota County attorney’s office for review,’ police said in the news release. [Detective Desiree] Schroepfer declined to discuss specifics about the storage of the handgun the teens were playing with, but she said, ‘It’s always important to make sure that you store firearms properly.’”

Meanwhile, across town: At long last, a crowd to demand support for our precious Second Amendment rights. MPR’s Tim Pugmire writes, “Gun owners gathered outside the Minnesota Capitol [Monday] to tell state lawmakers that they plan to be ‘appropriately aggressive’ in protecting their Second Amendment rights during the 2015 legislative session. Many of the same people have spent time at the Capitol in previous sessions, fighting against gun control measures. But this was the first time that two gun advocacy groups organized an official lobbying day. … House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, told the rally that he will stand with gun owners to protect their rights.”

More on the Governor’s infrastructure funding plan from Janet Moore of the Strib. “Gov. Mark Dayton’s $11 billion transportation proposal to fix the state’s most decrepit roads and bridges over the next decade and improve transit would also sock Minnesotans with significantly higher gas taxes at the pump and some with a higher sales tax. In a far-reaching plan, Dayton on Monday proposed a 6.5 percent gross receipts tax on gasoline at the wholesale level, meaning drivers would pay an extra 16 cents a gallon at current prices. But as gas prices rise, so would the wholesale tax. At $4 per gallon, the wholesale tax would be 22 cents. That would be on top of the existing state gas tax of 28.5 cents per gallon.” Dang! That’s 50 cents a gallon I won’t have for the casino.

There’s a legal term for this, I believe: MPR’s Curtis Gilbert reports, “Thirty Minneapolis city buildings will get free basic cable for the next seven years as part of a package of concessions the city wrung out of Comcast in exchange for blessing its proposed merger with fellow cable giant Time Warner. The free service and equipment is valued at about $50,000.”

Well, she’s close to the money. Allison Sherry of the Strib says, “Angie Craig, a vice president at a medical device company, announced Monday she was planning to run against GOP Rep. John Kline in the Second Congressional District next year. Craig told the Star Tribune that next month she planned to step down from the executive leadership team at St. Jude Medical to prepare to seek the DFL nomination in 2016. … Craig is married to Cheryl Greene and together they have four sons, two 17 year-olds, a 16 year-old and an 11 year-old. They live in Eagan. She said she was raised by her mother and grandmother in a trailer park in Arkansas.”   

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Comments (29)

  1. Submitted by Susan Berkson on 01/27/2015 - 06:53 am.

    Gun Owners Rights

    Gun owners need a rally to protect their rights? Seems to me they’re doing just fine, what with shooting up a New Hope City Council meeting, shooting a high school teacher in Washington County, shooting at a Montessori school in Roseville, one brother shooting another in Eagan. Where do we really for those who’ve been shot?

    • Submitted by Jim Camery on 01/27/2015 - 08:56 am.

      The 3 words in the Constitution people pretend to not see

      I’m sure their memberships in their local chapter of their “well-regulated militia” were all paid up.

    • Submitted by Bob Holland on 01/27/2015 - 03:34 pm.

      Because Law Abiding Citizens aren’t gun owners, right.

      Susan Berkson apparently doesn’t understand the difference between law abiding citizens with constitutional rights and those whom commit crimes. Must be a safe world, in which only criminals are armed.

      • Submitted by jason myron on 01/28/2015 - 07:37 am.

        Everybody’s a “law abiding” citizen

        until they choose not to be. Most of us choose not to be so fearful of the outside world that we feel need to strap on a Glock to go to Target,

  2. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 01/27/2015 - 06:54 am.

    Minnesota is…

    losing population to tax friendly states. Those who can relocate are fleeing the opressive taxation in favor of states with more favorable environments.

    • Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 01/27/2015 - 08:05 am.

      Thanks, Pavel

      Thanks for explaining that, Pavel. I look forward to reading some of the interviews from your study. Seems odd though that equal or greater numbers of people are coming to Minnesota, but I imagine your survey will explain why.

    • Submitted by Mark Byrnes on 01/27/2015 - 08:42 am.

      Coldest Winters with Population over 1 million:

      Ulan Bator, Mongolia
      Harbin, China
      Novosibirsk, Russia
      Ürümqi, China
      Minneapolis-St. Paul, USA

      Couple unusually cold winters with no access to an ocean, nor a mountain range and a stigma that MPS is just flyover – this why people leave.

      • Submitted by jody rooney on 01/27/2015 - 11:06 am.

        And that’s the way the natives like it

        tends to keep out the riff raff. Oceans and Mountains are over rated (well maybe not mountains). After having swum in lakes in the Midwest all my life I found the ocean icky.

    • Submitted by Ken Wedding on 01/27/2015 - 09:57 am.


      Are all those immigrants to MN legal? Do we need to build long, tall fences on our borders and establish checkpoints on highways?

    • Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 01/29/2015 - 04:20 pm.

      Not quite

      They’re moving to college, mostly. Or to warmer states. Those going to college are probably completely uninterested in the tax environment, but tuition is cheaper in ND and Wisconsin, so that’s where they go.

      Those going to warmer states go because it’s cold here.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 01/27/2015 - 08:07 am.

    The Strib just had an article about Somalis deferring to “elders” in mediating crimes. If I’m not mistaken, the story told of a woman that recanted a criminal complaint after meeting with “elders” and was subsequently charged with providing a false police report.

    So it appears that Perkins may have it half right; Muslims are implementing Sharia among themselves, but the secular authorities are not complicit.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 01/27/2015 - 09:41 am.


      Saying that some Muslims are following Sharia law is not even close to making Perkins’s claim “half right.” It would be like saying that many Jewish people follow Talmudic law, so it’s “half right” to say that law is being imposed.

      • Submitted by Thomas Swift on 01/27/2015 - 10:39 am.

        How many is “some”, RB? You don’t know and neither do I, but the fact is that sharia is being observed among Somali Muslims, it’s just a fact. And therefore Perkin has a factual basis from which to make his claim. That’s all I’m saying.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 01/27/2015 - 10:54 am.

          Perkins’s “Facts”

          Perkins–a known hatemonger and purveyor of disinformation–said that there are “no go” zones in Minneapolis where “the authorities” have allowed Shariah law to be imposed. How can that conceivably be based on the fact that many Somali Muslims follow cultural practices regarding dispute resolution?

    • Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 01/27/2015 - 10:54 am.

      not unlike the Catholic Church..

      Where the archbishops buddies decide not to report child molesters to civil authorities but counsel the victims and perpetrators instead and hide the crimes from authorities. So the rectory at the Basilica a no-go zone? If Perkins is only half right it is because he forgot all those Christians that think they know better. I hope to stay protected from people who have “a tremendous burden to reclaim the culture for Christ” and I see no difference from what you describe.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 01/27/2015 - 03:32 pm.


      A woman brought a criminal complaint and then withdrew it after facing outside pressure, so that’s an indication of Sharia law? If that’s all the evidence required, then Sharia law has been present in domestic abuse courts for decades.

  4. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 01/27/2015 - 08:56 am.

    Pavel’s second conclusion

    Deaths outnumber births because so many Minnesotans just can’t force themselves to bring a child into the world that has to live in such an oppresive state as Minnesota.

  5. Submitted by Joe Smithers on 01/27/2015 - 10:54 am.


    Can we be picky about who we let in? No one from Wisconsin, ND or iowa please.

    • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 01/27/2015 - 12:15 pm.

      I ‘second’ the motion

    • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 01/27/2015 - 12:32 pm.


      And people say we don’t need immigrants…

    • Submitted by Matt Haas on 01/27/2015 - 01:19 pm.

      Too late!

      This Sconni made it in some 16 years ago. (And considering the state of affairs with the motherland don’t expect me to leave anytime soon)

      • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 01/27/2015 - 02:37 pm.

        Obviously, we’re all joking above. I think Wisconsin is a particularly beautiful place (WI35 along the Mississippi is about as picturesque as this little planet gets), full of awesome and hilarious people. I am really worried about WI going through a huge brain-drain though- even if MN is the beneficiary. I’d rather they get back into relative parity with MN as it relates to economic factors.

        • Submitted by Matt Haas on 01/27/2015 - 05:27 pm.

          I wouldn’t fear too much

          I hail from the area you reference, and the leaving isn’t a new phenomenon, Scotty not withstanding. Western Wisconsin shares far more in common with Minnesota than it does with the northern Illinoisian portions of the state, and the move is a natural one. Those folks down southeast are the ones putting the current folks in office, so I doubt they’ll leave, whether that increases the “brains” you reference is debatable.

      • Submitted by jason myron on 01/27/2015 - 03:25 pm.

        I made the arduous trek

        some 32 years ago. Wisconsin was actually a fine state back then…can’t say the same about a lot of it now.

  6. Submitted by Tom Melchior on 01/27/2015 - 04:25 pm.

    Population loss

    The Strib article quoted here is incorrect. A number of states have experienced greater population loss due to migration than Minnesota including Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois, and these are just among midwestern states. Minnesota’s rate of growth is below the national average, however, but not as bad as many other states.

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