Minnesota

Rethinking homelessness and following Utah's lead

Despite Minnesota's improving economy, many are still struggling. There are 14,000 homeless people in Minnesota, including 4000 children. Many homeless people were doing okay, until losing their job, developing health problems, facing domestic violence, or battling mental illness or addiction.

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Hamline’s Take Back the Campus focuses on sexual violence and privilege

(Photo by Sarah Ellen Miller) Hamline's Provost Dr. Eric Jensen speaks to eventgoers at Hamline's Old Main Lawn on Oct. 21. When it comes to sexual assault at Hamline, he said, "Much work remains, but we're moving."

There’s a time to speak out and a time to shut up. That was the message being spread at Hamline University’s Take Back the Campus last week.

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Minnesota House candidate Yolandita Colón hopes to bridge party divide

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Yolandita Colón is a bit of an anomaly. On the one hand, she seems to stand for progressive causes like educational equality, meaningful immigration reform, improved housing for all, and human rights and social justice. On the other, she favors lowering taxes for businesses and business owners, and has very conservative stances on social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage.

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Vote absentee, then track status of your ballot online

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Voters still have time to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 4 elections and can track the status of their ballot online, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reports.

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VIDEO: Perske attacks Emmer for "Threatening" divisive record, Emmer has no response

(Still from debate video by The Uptake) Full video clip below.

During Monday’s 6th Congressional District debate in St. Cloud, Minnesota DFL candidate Joe Perske chose to spend his final remarks calling GOP runner Tom Emmer bullying, divisive and uncooperative. When Emmer was asked to rebuttal, he declined to answer. The candidate elected will take over Michele Bachmann's seat.

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Creeps, crawls, candy and more: Halloween highlights in the Twin Cities

(Photo by Henry Hendricks)

Halloween is lurking around the corner, promising another year of spooky good times and monstrous spending. The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual consumer spending survey projects Halloween spending could reach total sales of $7.4 billion this year, up from $6.9 billion last year.

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VIDEO: Minnesota Secretary of State candidates forum at University of Minnesota

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is stepping down after two terms that have been filled with battles over voters rights — from recounting absentee ballots in the very close U.S. Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman, to fighting back against a voter suppression “voter photo ID” constitutional amendment, to making Minnesota’s absentee balloting easier and “excuse free.” The lines that were drawn in those battles between Ritchie (a Democrat) and Republicans remain in place as Democrat Steve Simon takes on Republican Dan Severson. Simon promises to carry on and expand Ritchie’s work. Severson would like more restrictions on voting in the name of preventing “voter fraud.”

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Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

The DFL are going to lose the Minnesota House. There are many reasons for this but the main one is arrogance–both a refusal to recognize a bad strategy and an unwillingness to admit mistakes.

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The Fox 9 Hamline gubernatorial debate: Cautious, controlled, and scripted

Cautious, controlled, and scripted. This is how I would describe the Sunday morning Minnesota gubernatorial debate between Jeff Johnson and Mark Dayton.

I attended MN gubernatorial debate at Hamline and did post-debate analysis with Jeff Passolt of Fox 9.

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VIDEO: Gubernatorial candidates Dayton and Johnson debate at Hamline, Nicollet supporters protest her exclusion

Governor Mark Dayton had his second one-on-one debate with Republican challenger Jeff Johnson at Hamline University. Dayton and Johnson have also debated two other times with Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet. Debate organizers KMSP-TV and Hamline University did not invite her.

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