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Articles from August 22, 2013

After Good Debut, Kyle Gibson's Twins Stint Mostly a Mess
Kyle Gibson's first taste of the majors likely came to an end Monday, as the Twins demoted him back to Triple-A immediately following his poor outing against the Mets. Gibson pitched well in his Twins debut on June 29 but was mostly a mess after that...
ALEC Declares Itself Exempt from Public-Disclosure Laws, and Is Challenged
Sometime in the last year or so, the super-secretive American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the group that helps its corporate and think-tank members get their wish lists into the hands of state lawmakers, decided to unilaterally declare itself...
Eight Minnesota Companies Make 'Inc. 500' List of Fastest-Growing U.S. Companies
Eight Minnesota-based companies are among the nation's 500 fastest-growing privately held businesses, according to a recent Inc. magazine list.Only U.S. companies that are independent (not a subsidiary or a division of another company) are eligible for...
How Minnesota Can Reduce Its Prison Population
Can Minnesota and other states follow the lead of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and attempt to reduce the huge numbers of Americans who are sent to prison each year, often for low-level drug offenses?"Too many Americans go to too many prisons for...
Minneapolis 'Victory Garden' Still Going Strong 70 Years Later at Dowling
Seventy years ago, the first vegetables were planted in what is now Minneapolis' Dowling Community Garden. That spring, a man with a plow came to turn the soil for neighbors to plant Victory Gardens. It was 1943, and the Great War was raging in Europe...
Personal Relationships Help Close the Achievement Gap
Shanell McCoy, 19, and Paris Carruthers, 22, are emerging Twin Cities leaders who have been researching what youth actually think about their education system and an adult society that constantly worries about the achievement gap but too seldom listens...
Public Can Decide Which St. Paul 'Big Idea' Earns $1 Million
The stakes are high as three big ideas designed to make St. Paul a better place compete in the Forever St. Paul Idea Challenge.Minnesotans get to choose, and the prize is $1 million to implement the winning plan.The public will decide, like on "American...
When an NFL Team Loses, Its Fans Eat More Junk Food, Study Finds
I've heard that the Vikings may have a challenging season this year. And that means the team's fans may need to pay a bit more attention to their food choices.For, according to a new (and somewhat amusing) study by two French researchers, when a team...
Wouldn't It Be Nice If Planting More Gardens Could Save U.S. Honeybees?
Some readers who share my concern about the problems of honeybees have asked why I'm not reporting on the new study showing that "bee- friendly" garden plants sold as a means to rescue the country's imperiled pollinators are often laden with the very...
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