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Where the jobs are, and aren’t

Welcome to Public Numbers, wherein a variety of journalists will write Current Posts about numbers and public life — what we can learn from these numbers, and how to know when numbers are being misused.

O brothers, where aren’t thou?

O brothers, where aren’t thou?   
It’s a better-than-average time to be a fan of Joel and Ethan Coen.

Stadium commission spins Vikings plan around the state

Rochester, Minn. Minnesota’s stadium debate was revved up by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and glitzed up Wednesday by the agency’s gaggle of consultants.

The commission, which owns and operates the Metrodome, s

Some transportation advice — from Utah?

Some transportation advice — from Utah? The fallen I-35W bridge may serve best as a metaphor in motion. Its splashdown resembles perfectly the descending condition of our metropolitan transportation policy.

Right now, the D in DFL stands for debt

The party needs a $5,000 contribution just to meet this week’s payroll. Competition among political campaigns, internal party disillusionment and extra staffing are complicating budgeting.

A message to Sen. Amy Klobuchar from a disaffected Democrat

As a disaffected Minnesota Democrat, I feel the strong need to take our new senator, Amy Klobuchar, to task for an incredibly disappointing vote: her recent vote on the renewal of FISA — the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
How and why a purp

Grave by grave, group restores Minnesotans’ forgotten lives

For 13 years, with little fanfare, a coalition of advocacy groups has been working to bring dignity to the lives and deaths of the anonymous former residents of Minnesota’s state hospitals and institutions.