Ranae Hanson

Ranae Hanson on Solving for Minnesota’s Political Polarization

People in the North are frustrated because they don’t feel like city people are talking about this at all, they don’t see it coming up in the newspapers — they only see the other kind of mining. And it’s pretty important.

  • 04/28/2022

Perspective: On the Range and in the City

We all have stakes in what this region means to us and our families. What if we acknowledged the complexities?

  • 10/27/2021

What are the risks of extremism in Minnesota?

Moonshot, a safety tech firm, analyzed more than six months worth of search data showing online appetite for extremist mobilization to targeted violence, political violence, anti-government, conspiracy theories, and armed groups.

  • 04/01/2021

VIEW: Making America Believe Again

If compassion is core to who you are, there is no problem that cannot be solved, no hurdle that cannot be jumped, and no divide that cannot be crossed.

  • 02/07/2021

VIEW: Practicing Unity

I asked and listened to what voters told me about their hopes — about better jobs, wages, healthcare, and education. I also heard their fears — of more taxes, immigrants, gun laws, and “defunding the police.”

  • 02/04/2021

Cancel Culture

If someone is remorseful and willing to put in the work to make reparations, I do not think they should be “cancelled.” However, if that person were to express that they have no regrets, or proceed to behave in a similar manner, they absolutely should be.

  • 09/30/2020

Face-to-Face With the Divide

Two women sit side-by-side as lights dim in Cloquet’s County Seat Performing Arts Center. We’ve come to experience, and comment

  • 01/01/2019

How Can We Talk To Each Other?

Six steps to talking with someone who doesn’t see things the same way as you do.

  • 11/01/2018

Feminist on the Prairie

Ashlee Moser (Photo by Sarah Whiting) Before moving to Minnesota for college, I spent a majority of my childhood on a small

  • 10/01/2018

Bad people from Other Places

Under the living room sofa in the home of my Egyptian in-laws, there is a cardboard shoebox that holds household

  • 03/01/2017

Get comfortable being uncomfortable

It’s inevitable. When people come together, as a family, at work, at school, in neighborhoods, we’re not going to agree.

  • 03/01/2013

The 3 Ds: Debate, Discussion, Dialogue

As words swirl around health care, how do we effectively talk to each other, as individuals, as a nation? Fights

  • 11/01/2009