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Policy/Politics

UPDATED 2-21: Minnesota Women Central in Discussions About Ukraine

"One of the things I particularly want to stress is that these wars are fought mostly by men. Peace processes are made by mostly men at the table. And they're mostly very unsuccessful. ... These deals [do not] hold if you don't have everyone at the table. And they don't hold for sure if you don't have women in the process."

UPDATED 2-13: Policing Safety in Schools?

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As schools resume statewide, there is pushback by some politicians and law enforcement officers about not being able to use a prone hold — putting a student face down on the ground and applying weight to their head, throat, neck, or chest to restrict their ability to breathe.

Deep Dive: Public Testimony About Dying With Dignity Legislation

The End-of-Life Options Act, which would make it legal for terminally ill, mentally capable adults to be prescribed and take a medication to end their life, is poised for another attempt to pass in Minnesota this year. A five-hour pre-legislative session committee meeting was held January 25, with 75 people giving testimony for or against the measure.

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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.”

Assistant Attorney General Katherine Kelly on How the State Protects Renters

Some of the new laws that went into effect this year are a step in the right direction.

Worthington School Board Decides 4-1 to Take Down LGBTQ+ Pride Flag

“I think there’s more good than harm being done to have something on the walls saying ‘everyone is welcome here.’”

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."

Insights From the 2024 Saint Paul City Council Inauguration

"The truth is, to be a woman in a space that was not built for you is to know how to build space with your bare hands, to demand the attention of any room … to be a walking figure of change, of growth, to know how to rise and rise again and rise again and rise again and again and again and again."

The Unprecedented Saint Paul City Council Takes Office

"I'm grateful to our community for modeling the values that got us here.”

Legacy Story: When It Comes to Child Care, You Haven’t Come Very Far, Baby (1998)

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What we end up with is a system that is underfunded, has a high staff turnover, and is harmful to kids. 

Housing Advocates Recognized for 2023 Legislation

"I feel incredibly blessed to be in a state with so many people focusing their energies, their talents, and their resources to making sure everybody has a safe place to live." — Gov. Tim Walz

Changemaker: Outspoken PFAS critic Amara Strande, who died from cancer in 2023

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The People Behind the Legislature

The faces of these legislative accomplishments are the Senate and House bill authors. Less recognized are the people behind the scenes who enable the legislative process to operate smoothly.

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A big event to connect engaged feminists who care about solutions and action

Public Safety Is More Than Emergency Response

Editor's Message The conversations I have had recently…