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The Intelligencer

Minnesota’s First-Term Legislators

In this treemap, each freshman legislator’s square is sized proportionately to the number of bills they have introduced in Legislative Session 87 (2011-2012).Clicking on a legislator will reveal more information about them, including a summary of each bill they introduced.

Saying goodbye

I am sad to be saying goodbye to MinnPost this week, and this will be my final Intelligencer post.

Income inequality in Minnesota’s largest counties

Eighty-six percent of the nation’s largest counties have more income equality than Hennepin County, according to an analysis of the investigative journalism site ProPublica.

MinnPost’s new data tool: You are part of the experiment

We’ve added a new tool to our data toolbox, and we want you to give it a test drive.• Minnesota donors to Bachmann in the 3rd quarter• Minnesota donors to Pawlenty in the 3rd quarter• Top donors to Bachmann

On the scene with OccupyMN: My stories and yours

From the twice-daily General Assembly meetings to the hand signals everybody knows and understands, this is what it’s like to be in the middle of the Minneapolis occupation. What is your story?

OccupyMN Day 1: Tweets, photos, and other dispatches

Hundreds gather on the Hennepin County Government Center plaza in downtown Minneapolis to protest corporate power.Related: OccupyMN protesters slide showEarlier: OccupyMN launches in downtown MinneapolisMayo

Why forest fires are good — and amazing

University of Minnesota forest ecologist Lee Frelich explains what the BWCA would look like if fire were somehow completely controlled for the last century. The short answer: a sea of half-dead Christmas trees.