MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 5/2

How the planned attack on a Waseca school impacts me personally

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

HOW DOES ONE BEGIN to write about a school tragedy averted?

That is my challenge as I reflect on the events of the past days in which a 17-year-old Waseca High School student allegedly planned to carry out a Columbine type massacre in his southern Minnesota school.

The school where my youngest sister and a friend teach and which my niece attends. The school I just drove past last Sunday while visiting my other sister in Waseca, a rural community of nearly 10,000 only a half hour drive away.

Suffolk University polls Minnesota for the first time

from LeftMN by Tony Petrangelo

If you’re looking for a conclusion, this poll looks very similar to most of the polling that has been released on these two races; Mark Dayton and Al Franken are not setting the world on fire, but the Republicans running against them are also not doing that. And they are not doing that to a larger degree.

Integrity Matters PAC registration & activity raises questions

from politics.mn by Michael Brodkorb

A new political action committee, Integrity Matters PAC, has surfaced in Minnesota, but the committee’s registration and activity raises questions about the validity of the organization.

All hands on deck for health equity

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Caitlin Biegler

  • Where do African-American and American Indian infants in Minnesota die at twice the rate of white infants in  their first year of life?
  • Where are African-American and Latina women more likely to be diagnosed with later-stage breast cancer?
  • Where are poverty rates for children two times higher for Asians, three times higher for Latinos, four times as high for American Indians, and almost five times as high for African-Americans than for white children?

The disturbing answer is Minnesota. 

Another botched execution

from The Advocates Post by Rosalyn Park

The majority of the 32 death penalty states in the U.S. and the U.S. federal government use lethal injection as the primary means to execute prisoners. Governments have traditionally used a three-drug combination to put people to death. But now, they are resorting to new combinations because the drugs needed for the three-drug injection are difficult to obtain. The drugs’ sources are drying up, caused by foreign government regulations, European Union restrictions placed on the supply, and drug corporations’ positions.

Rabbi in enemy territory

from TC Jewfolk by Rabbi Jeremy Fine

On Wednesday night, the Minnesota Wild NHL team ended a thrilling series against the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the NHL playoffs by scoring an overtime goal to win the series 4-3. While scores of Minnesotans were rightly excited by the outcome, the Wild must now face the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks. Minneapolis has a fair number of Chicago transplants, but maybe none as notorious as Temple of Aaron’s own rabbi, Jeremy Fine. Here’s his take. We promised we wouldn’t alter it in any way.

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