Minnesota Gun Safety: Shot Down By…Democrats?!!!

May 06

Minnesota Gun Safety: Shot Down By…Democrats?!!!

  This post is re-published from The UpTake, where it first appeared. All winter long, hundreds of gun-carrying opponents of gun safety laws crowded the Minnesota State Capitol, ostentatiously presenting their numbers and their obvious weapons during the difficult debates over proposals to tighten gun safety laws in the state. So I was surprised, upon entering...

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Ernest Wabasha: The Burden of History

May 05

Ernest Wabasha: The Burden of History

I was 30 years old, a journalist with a passing knowledge of Indian history. Yet it had never occurred to me, until I came across the name of Ernest Wabasha one day, that people still lived among us who were connected to the terrible events of 1862-63, the time of the so-called “Sioux Uprising” and the exile and banishment of the Dakota Sioux from their homeland....

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GUNS WIN! Shoot-Out at the Capitol Corral

Feb 08

GUNS WIN! Shoot-Out at the Capitol Corral

Update on The UpTake: Today, 2-14-13, I ask how Minnesota is supposed to try to have a real discussion about guns when the discussion room is FULL of guns. Please see: www.theuptake.org                                       — Nick Coleman   What a week for guns! Minnesota was awash in gun talk this week, starting with...

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Obama Minneapolis Visit Highlights Gun Control Divide

Feb 06

Obama Minneapolis Visit Highlights Gun Control Divide

(The following post was written for The UpTake) Story by Nick Coleman. Videography by Jacob Wheeler & Allison Herrera (updated 3:43 p.m. Feb. 5, 2013) President Barack Obama visited Minneapolis Monday to try to light a fire under his campaign to reduce gun violence in America. But even as he was speaking to a gathering of law enforcement officers, local leaders...

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Not Exactly, “Off With Their Heads!” Dayton Raises Taxes on Rich by 2 Percent.

Jan 23

Not Exactly, “Off With Their Heads!” Dayton Raises Taxes on Rich by 2 Percent.

This post was published originally by The UpTake, www.theuptake.org A somewhat gimpy Gov. Mark Dayton, walking gingerly after recent back surgery, threw down a challenge Tuesday to the “powerful opposition” he said he expects to resist his budget plan for the 2014-15 biennium, which includes a 2-percent tax increase on Minnesota’s wealthiest 2...

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Will Minnesota Democrats Deliver on Their Pledge to Tax the Rich?

Jan 08

Will Minnesota Democrats Deliver on Their Pledge to Tax the Rich?

From The UpTake, a timely question as Minnesota’s DFL Party takes control of the State Capitol for the first time since the days of Rudy Perpich and My Old Man: Do Democrats actually believe what they say? Story by Jacob Wheeler. The 2013 Legislative session began today in St. Paul with protesters outside the Capitol in St. Paul demanding that the newly...

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Macy’s to St. Paul: Suck It!

Jan 03

Macy’s to St. Paul: Suck It!

A few years ago, I popped into the Macy’s Department Store in downtown St. Paul looking for winter jackets for my three growing school boys, aged 7, 5 and 3. I couldn’t find any warm jackets in the children’s department, so I went looking for the Warm Coat Department I figured must be located somewhere else. I returned to the...

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Don Samuels, Mayoral Candidate in Minneapolis: “Burn Down the Schools.”

Dec 28

Don Samuels, Mayoral Candidate in Minneapolis: “Burn Down the Schools.”

FOR THE RECORD: Don Samuels has announced that he (among a plethora of others) is considering a run for mayor of Minneapolis now that R.T. Rybak has decided not to seek a fourth term. It is important that people have a chance to remember that Mr. Samuels (and his political ally, Mayor Rybak) launched a highly inflammatory — and inaccurate — attack on...

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150 Years After America’s Largest Mass Execution, the Quest for Healing Continues

Dec 27

150 Years After America’s Largest Mass Execution, the Quest for Healing Continues

      HONORING THE 38 I took this video as about 100 Dakota Indian riders arrived in Mankato, MN on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, to honor the 38 Dakota warriors hanged in Mankato 150 years earlier — Dec. 26, 1862 — in America’s largest mass execution. The riders began their arduous 340-mile journey on Dec. 10 at Lower Brule, South Dakota...

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Minnesota Sesquicentennial of Hate: The Hanging of the 38 on Dec. 26, 1862

Dec 26

Minnesota Sesquicentennial of Hate: The Hanging of the 38 on Dec. 26, 1862

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the most terrible event in Minnesota’s history: The mass execution in Mankato of 38 Dakota Indians that followed the war between the Dakota Sioux tribes and the new state government. Revenge and rage drove the flawed legal proceedings behind the kangaroo-court convictions of 303 Indians who surrendered after the U.S.-...

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Pearl Harbor, 1941: St Paul Sailors Fire the First Shot

Dec 07

Pearl Harbor, 1941: St Paul Sailors Fire the First Shot

  (This post originally was published on 12-7-11) If you grow up in St. Paul, you will hear the story of the Naval Reservists from the city — kids, mostly, ranging in age from 17 to 21 or 22 — who fired America’s first shot of WWII on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. I know what I’m talking about: My old man, a Navy veteran, told me...

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Minnesota: A Man’s Home is His Castle. And an Execution Chamber, Too.

Nov 28

Minnesota: A Man’s Home is His Castle. And an Execution Chamber, Too.

It probably doesn’t seem that the Thanksgiving Day killings of two teens in Little Falls, Minnesota, shot by a deranged but heavily armed home owner, could be any more horrible. But consider this possibility: If a gun law passed early this year by the Minnesota Legislature had not been vetoed by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, the Little Falls killer would not be in...

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Survival: Proud Descendants of The Exiled

Nov 14

Survival: Proud Descendants of The Exiled

A pair of bald eagles floated high above the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers Tuesday as a line of Dakota Indians, following in the footsteps of their exiled ancestors, rounded a highway curve in Mendota and marched towards Fort Snelling. And towards a spiritual healing of Minnesota’s most painful chapters — the executions, imprisonments...

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Minnesota Gov. Dayton Wakes From Long Nap, Asks “Whatever Happened to That Vikings Stadium Deal?”

Nov 14

Minnesota Gov. Dayton Wakes From Long Nap, Asks “Whatever Happened to That Vikings Stadium Deal?”

The governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, apparently was snoozing last May when he signed into law the legislation approving a publicly-financed $1 Billion stadium for the Minnesota Vikings and its billionaire owner Zygi Wilf. Either Dayton was unconscious or we now have a text-book case of the perils of letting corporate lobbyists prepare “public”...

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Wipeout: Minnesota GOP Outsmarts Itself

Nov 07

Wipeout: Minnesota GOP Outsmarts Itself

(Note: This post is also being published by The Uptake at www.theuptake.org) Brilliant political maneuvers sometimes are too clever by half. That proved to be the case Tuesday with the election strategy of the Minnesota Republican Party, which suffered the biggest political thrashing Minnesota has seen in a generation. Not even the Gophers football team gets kicked...

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