Nanny State of the Week: Minnesota men facing felony charges for selling beer
Nanny State of the Week: Minnesota men facing felony charges for selling beer
Eric Boehm | February 15, 2016|   558
Long after Prohibition has ended, Minnesota might send two men to jail for selling beer.
Nanny State of the Week: Town inspection checks whether you cleaned your toilet
Nanny State of the Week: Town inspection checks whether you cleaned your toilet
Eric Boehm | February 08, 2016|   221
A Minnesota town wants to make sure their residents are keeping a tidy home. Those who don’t submit to mandatory home inspections are being taken to court.
Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 17
Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 17
Tom Steward | December 29, 2015|   16
“I said no, I said I’m done, and I love teaching,” said Kirstin Rogers, who gave up on her application upon moving from Utah and joined a lawsuit against the state board.
City considers law preventing most residents from renting their homes
City considers law preventing most residents from renting their homes
Tom Steward | December 25, 2015|   108
“If you and I were next door neighbors, and you already had your house rented out, I’m screwed,” said Burnell Beermann, a 76 year old homeowner who opposes the ordinance. “That’s the thing, it ain’t right. If they’ve got concerns with behavior, they should address the behavior.”
74-year-old home-care worker challenges signature on union card; gets refund
74-year-old home-care worker challenges signature on union card; gets refund
Tom Steward | December 18, 2015|   348
“He sent me a copy of what I supposedly signed, and it doesn’t look anything like my signature at all,” Johansen said. “I’m left-handed, the letters are all formed differently. So they didn’t have my signature. Somebody else just signed my name to it.”
School vouchers mean equal opportunity in Minnesota
Amelia Hamilton | December 14, 2015|   0
School vouchers can be a means to provide equal opportunity in a state with the worst economic disparity between white and minority citizens, Andy Brehm, a senior fellow at the Center for the American Experiment, writes in the Minnesota Post. In Minnesota, 85 percent of white students graduate from high school on time, while only 49 percent of [...]
Residents taking shot on booze task force in hopes of reviving muni sales
Residents taking shot on booze task force in hopes of reviving muni sales
Tom Steward | December 14, 2015|   17
“With ever-increasing competition with the private sector, this isn't going to be a one-time problem for Edina taxpayers,” said Annette Meeks, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota CEO. “Only by this task force asking hard and proper questions will city officials face facts: they have an on-going problem and the city needs to get out of the retail liquor business entirely.”
18 months later, still no contract for part-time Minnesota profs
18 months later, still no contract for part-time Minnesota profs
Tom Steward | December 08, 2015|   4
A year and a half after voting in the first union for part-time faculty at a private Minnesota college or university, adjunct instructors at Hamline University remain without a contract to show for it. But the two sides remain deadlocked on a compensation package for some 200 adjunct professors in talks with an atmosphere the campus’ union steward has described as “temper and tension in the air.”
‘Just like a bowling alley’: ‘Upscale’ gun ranges come to Twin Cities suburbs
‘Just like a bowling alley’: ‘Upscale’ gun ranges come to Twin Cities suburbs
Tom Steward | December 07, 2015|   29
“There’s been a surge in demand for shooting. There’s a lot of new shooters, a lot of new women shooters,” said Andrew Rothman, a firearms instructor and Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance president. “The trend has been toward more ranges and the indoor ranges are getting nicer, they’re getting more upscale.”
Legislative ban in Minnesota putting brakes on move to enhance license security
Tom Steward | December 01, 2015|   23
Pressure continues to build on Minnesota legislators to get real—REAL I.D., the feds’ post 9/11 security requirements for enhanced, more secure drivers’ licenses. Minnesota remains one of four states still holding out, due to privacy concerns. Yet a long overdue and over-budget revamp of Minnesota’s license and registration technology, along with a 2009 ban on public safety officials exploring “REAL I.D.,” likely complicate the state’s ability to develop and deliver enhanced licenses anytime soon.