MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 2/21

A tale of two pension reports

from Fiscal Fitness, the blog of the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence by Mark Haveman

Newton’s Third Law of Public Pensions: For every action expressing serious concern about the condition of public pension funds, there is an equal and opposite reaction claiming crisis mongering to promote an anti-government, right wing agenda. Unfortunately, this is how discussion of public pension policy is rapidly degrading across America and even here in Minnesota.

Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ law: How U.S. extremists are fueling the fight against LGBTI rights

from the Advocates Post by Amy Bergquist

For several years, opponents of marriage equality in the United States have turned their attention overseas, to places like Uganda, Nigeria, and Russia, where their rhetoric about “traditional family values” and their lies conflating homosexuality with sexual abuse of children appear to have found receptive audiences. Today, as the last days of the Sochi Olympics approach, and as Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni prepares to sign into law a bill that would impose punishments of up to life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality,” it’s important to examine Russia’s “gay propaganda” law, its effect on children, and the origins of Russia’s law and others like it.

All about community in Emmaville, a nostalgic place in Minnesota’s Northwoods

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

I’VE NEVER VISITED Emmaville, Minnesota, population four two.

And up until last week, I’d never even heard of this unincorporated settlement, a remnant of an early 1900s logging town located 12 miles north of Park Rapids along Hubbard County Road 4 deep in Paul Bunyan country.

How Matt Decuir stays productive

from Stubble by Tom Johnson

Matt Decuir is the co-founder of OMG Transit and Break the Bubble.

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