By Tom Steward | | Apr 10, 2015 11:45 AM
Four teachers are suing the Minnesota Board of Teaching for arbitrarily denying licenses “to well-qualified teachers who clearly meet the statutory requirements.”

So, what's it take for teachers licensed in another state to obtain a license to continue their careers in Minnesota? A Harvard education? Bilingual capabilities? Years of teaching disadvantaged children? A special education degree?

None of the above?

By Tom Steward | | Apr 09, 2015 5:00 AM
Wind developer Geronimo Energy confirmed Wednesday it’s attempting to sign new leases with landholders at Black Oak wind farm in response to a deadline in state law that voids a lease if a project doesn't begin commercial operation within seven years of the original contract signing date.
By Tom Steward | | Apr 08, 2015 5:00 AM
Critics say a proposed legislative fix violates the spirit of the law against special legislation for corporations and undercuts options for landowners who may rethink their involvement with wind developers.
By Tom Steward | | Apr 06, 2015 5:00 AM
By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau Thirty-six municipalities in Minnesota are operating golf courses at a loss to taxpayers, according to the latest statewide figures are available from the Minnesota state auditor. The 36 cities golf courses operating as enterprise funds — a fee-based city service — ran up deficits totaling more than $4.5 million. A third of those [...]
By Tom Steward | | Apr 01, 2015 5:00 AM
Trust, but verify. That might as well be the mantra of wary legislators out to protect taxpayers and property owners in the wake of the latest proposal for a high speed rail line from the Twin Cities to Rochester.
By Tom Steward | | Mar 30, 2015 5:00 AM
Somewhere along the line, the Small Business Administration got big.
By Tom Steward | | Mar 24, 2015 5:00 AM
By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau OAK GROVE, Minn. — If you have a problem with pocket gophers in this town, the city will pay you for its paws. Yep, that right. An item in the city’s $2.5 million annual budget allocates $800 for gopher feet. The city will pay a $1.50 bounty per pocket gopher turned into [...]
By Tom Steward | | Mar 20, 2015 5:00 AM
It's no Americans are attached to our tablets, specifically our IPads. But so are thousands of local government officials, who rely on another IPAD — the state’s Information Policy Analysis Division — to comply with a greater volume of data and public information requests.
By Bre Payton | | Mar 19, 2015 5:00 AM
By Bre Payton | A single mom of four in Minnesota struggles to pay for the education of her autistic children. An Education Savings Account proposal could help her and others parents with special needs children. Melissa Sirek has four children, three of whom are autistic. After enrolling her children in public school, private school, and even [...]
By Tom Steward | | Mar 18, 2015 5:00 AM
Patrons used to go to the library to check out books. Today, people go for any number of reasons. But while there’s something for everyone in 365 branch libraries statewide, some events leave discerning taxpayers wondering whether it's something everyone should pay for.