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a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency assessment of gas emission sources, prepared for legislators, detailing 2005-2018 data

Deep Dive: The Hopes and Insights of a Long-Time Climate Change Policy Advocate

"We have to stop depending on the infrastructure that our parents and grandparents built and start acting like Americans who can build things. Once we have a really great grid co-location with solar and wind, it is going to be less important in terms of where we live."

Legacy Story: Farm Women Show Their Strengths as Crisis in Agriculture Deepens (1986)

Another strength women bring to the farm crisis is their ability to grieve.

Farming Resilience

Farmer-led organizations, such as the National Farmers Union within the World Farmers Organization, have pushed to have our perspectives heard and included in these discussions about climate crisis solutions.

How Cherilyn Spears Moved Red Lake Nation to Food Sovereignty

Cherilyn Spears grew up at the Red Lake Nation in north…

A Conversation with Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter: Innovation in Leadership (Part 1)

The biggest knocks when we started guaranteed basic income was, “Why would people work anymore if you're just giving away free money?” I've never heard anybody say that who could afford to quit their day job for $500 a month. 

The State of Minnesota Housing in 2024

“The only way to close those disparities is to be as intentional as we were in creating them.”

ECOLUTION: The Science of Agriculture That Impacts Water and Soil Health

“The state’s waters are connected in ways scientists are just beginning to understand."

Then and Now: The Business of Women, circa 1982

When I landed my first professional job after college, back…

Minnesota Women Labor Journalists Uplifted Working People for Decades

I’m still learning about the writers I’ve mentioned here, many of whom are left out of the usual lists of pioneering journalists and women.

“Let’s Talk About Money” #1

What help and support did people need to get where they are? Sometimes we need help getting onto stable financial footing, and more people need to understand that is okay, and is more common than we think.

SERIES: Q&A With Robin Wonsley on Minneapolis Policing, Housing, and Socialism

We had a lengthy conversation with Minneapolis city council member Robin Wonsley for her perspectives on public safety and housing. She has been a strong voice advocating for major changes in both issues. As one of the state's few Socialist candidates elected to office, we also wanted to unpack ideology with her.
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A Place for the Holidays After Foster Care

It might be easy to take for granted what…