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Articles from May 11, 2012

2012 Legislature Long on Rhetoric and Short on Results
If you didn't don purple and cheer for a new, publicly subsidized stadium for the Vikings, the 2012 session of the Minnesota Legislature was long on rhetoric and short on results.This year's Legislature makes the 2012 lineup of the Minnesota Twins look...
Census Pegs Minnesota's Foreign-Born Population at 7.1%
The United States' foreign-born population reached an all-time high of 40 million in 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday. And the recent arrivals -- include naturalized citizens, permanent residents and other immigrants -- are more likely...
Dayton's Session Assessment Offers Blunt Criticism of GOP Legislative Majorities
In his end-of-session assessment Friday, Gov. Mark Dayton's language was measured, but his message was harsh for the Republican legislative majorities.He called on Minnesotans to give DFLers the next two years at the Capitol to prove what they could...
Farming Programs Help Immigrants Get out of Poverty
He was born in mountainous Cambodia and dreamed of owning a farm. She was born to the far-reaching plains of the Midwest and flourished in an urban setting of coffee shops and poetry readings.Now, immigrant Proeun and Amy Doeun are married, have four children,...
Graduation Season Is a Fine Time for Some Nostalgic Songs
In the midst of graduation season, it's a fine time for reminiscing and recalling favorite memories.There are plenty of pop songs to get you in the mood:We'll start with the graduation classic "Graduation Day." Here's the best-known version -- by the...
Increasing Social Connectedness: Let's Make a Difference
In Robert Putnam's book, "Bowling Alone," he demonstrated that since the 1960s, Americans have become less involved in their communities, less trusting in their neighbors, and less likely to give of their time and resources. In short, he concluded that...
'Marathon Man' Frank Shorter Reflects on the Running Boom He Helped Create
In the 40 years since Frank Shorter won the Olympic marathon in Munich in 1972 -- yes, it has been that long -- running in America morphed from the obsession of a few to a national fad to a mainstream form of exercise.Drive pass any Minneapolis lake...
Metro State University Celebrates 40 Years, Looks to West Metro Expansion
As Metropolitan State University celebrates its 40th year as a community-based institution of higher learning based in St. Paul, it's also looking to expand in the west metro area.President Sue Hammersmith, speaking Thursday night at Metro State's annual...
Music Galore: Liquid Music's Alluring Lineup, and Oodles of Festivals
The SPCO has released the full line-up for Kate Nordstrum's new Liquid Music series. It's as imaginative, provocative and alluring as we hoped -- and expected. Nordstrum has a history of programming artists worth hearing, even if you've never heard of...
Nostalgia Warms the Body as Well as the Soul
Nostalgia received a bad rap for centuries. It was long equated with homesickness, and thus associated with symptoms of grief and depression.In fact, the term nostalgia was coined by a Swiss physician, Johaness Hofer, in the 17th century to describe...
Rukavina Retires, Marking End of an Iron Range Era
Today, the passionate, populist, often enigmatic Iron Range state Rep. Tom Rukavina announced his retirement.Rukavina has represented his eastern Iron Range district for 26 years. This district, now called 6B, was known as 5A for much of his career....
Rybak Confident about Council's Stadium Backing -- and about City's Leadership Role
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak remains confident that the seven City Council members who signed letters backing his stadium plan will cast the needed votes later this month to accept the final Vikings stadium deal.That early show of support was key to...
Scott Walker Told a Big Donor That His Strategy on Unions Would Be to 'Divide and Conquer'
A piece of video has surfaced in the Wisconsin recall race in which Gov. Scott Walker says that his strategy against unions will be "divide and conquer."Taken in 2011, the clip shows Walker greeting a billionaire (who would subsequently give $500,000...
Twins' Minor-League 'Birthday Boy' Miguel Sano Lighting Things Up
Happy birthday to No. 1 prospect Miguel Sano, who turned 19 years old Friday and is hitting .303/.417/.655 with 10 homers and 20 walks in 33 games at low Single-A. Last week, Sano hit a game-winning homer against the Angels' affiliate and the benches...
Who Are the Passionate Voters in 2012?
Passionate voters carried Barack Obama into the White House in 2008 and gave Minnesota Republicans control of the Legislature in 2010, but some of the voters who made those historic choices are having second thoughts about the 2012 election.Many idealistic...
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