ECM EDITORIAL BOARD

As April opened with wind-driven snow and temperatures that still featured wind-chill readings, Minnesotans longingly looked from their windows waiting for the day when ice-covered lakes would open and fresh-water fishing could resume. It’s a way of life and in Minnesota sport fishing is a $2.8 billion industry of vital importance to the state’s economy [...]

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Good health is the most basic human need and essential to success and prosperity. The idea that health care should be available to everyone at an affordable price seems easy to support. But achieving that has become a divisive issue in this country, with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act. Before it went into [...]

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If you had a billion dollars to spend on any public project within Minnesota, what would you choose? Would you spend $5 million to build a new security fence around the Shakopee prison, $500,000 for “pre-design” design, to improve and renovate historic Fort Snelling or $10 million to preserve public housing for low-income families? Should [...]

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The governor, legislators and Minnesota citizens all received good news in December. Minnesota Management and Budget, formerly known as the State Finance Department, in its most recent economic forecast projected an improvement in the state’s economic position of more than a billion dollars for the current two-year budget cycle. When the Legislature comes back into [...]

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The ultimate goal for many generations has been a college education for every child. With hard work, a scholarship here and a grant there, college was in reach for almost anyone willing to put in the hours. Student loan debt was an issue for some, but loans were small and easily paid back once the [...]

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The Southwest Light Rail project, if built, will be the state’s most costly public works project ever. For around $1.4 billion, 15 miles of light rail track, tunnels, stations and bridges will be constructed across the southwest Twin Cities metropolitan area, from Minneapolis, through St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Minnetonka, ending in Eden Prairie. Countless [...]

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Football season is here. High school teams are doing two-a-day practices. Monday morning quarterbacks are replaying, analyzing and criticizing Vikings games. Fans are making sure they have the latest fashions in purple and white, or maroon and gold. Fantasy football players are studying every statistic. Our state’s leaders have been playing a little football, too [...]

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As parents prepare to send their youngsters back to school this fall, shootings in schools may have them wondering if Minnesota school buildings are safe. Those in the know say school buildings are very safe, but while there are crisis plans in place in most buildings, there’s no guarantee that all schools will be free [...]

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