The legislation in Minnesota was probably doomed the moment Gov. Dayton urged both sides to work together on the issue. With the governor declaring he wouldn’t sign the bill without law enforcement’s blessing, there was no reason for law enforcement to negotiate, no matter how many sad stories the state’s citizens told. Read more →
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
For more than a year, Stefon Alexander, the Twin Cities rapper who performs as P.O.S., has been looking for a kidney. His musician pals, DoomTree, crowdfunded the cost, raising more than $47,000 for the procedure, well over the initial $25,000 goal. Finding a kidney turned out to be harder. Read more →
Lynn Acker, 37, of Coon Rapids, has left Mayo Clinic, where she’s been treated for cancer, and she’s not going back because she wants to spend her remaining days with her three hockey-playing kids. Read more →
Actor Seth Rogen came a congressional subcommittee to talk about his mother-in-law’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. Many lawmakers ignored him. Read more →
Golden Valley’s reaction to a proposed mental health center for kids was hateful, and shameful. Read more →
What drives people to suicide? Some insight. Read more →
Golden Valley shows why mental health care for children is still a taboo subject in much of America.
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Is violence in north Minneapolis creating post-traumatic stress disorder? Read more →
Especially considering last week’s MPR story showing ‘structural racism’ as one reason for health disparities within Minnesota, this is a particular stunning map from Measure for America, the group that documents its ‘human development index.’ Read more →
Six years ago, Jonny Benjamin climbed to the edge of the Waterloo Bridge in London intending to jump to his death. But a stranger told him it would be OK, and offered to buy him a cup of coffee if he’d climb down from the railings. He climbed down and lived to tell his story. Read more →
The older we get, the greater our chances of being the grateful rather than the hero.
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A “fat letter” to trick-or-treaters may be a joke, but the sentiment hits close to reality.
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What New Jersey gets that Minnesota doesn’t, to be single with cancer, caution: texting ahead, the missing Minnesotans in Somalia, and why people really aren’t rebelling against Facebook over privacy. Read more →
Everyone wants a happy ending for Shaina Briscoe. So far, it hasn’t been enough. Read more →
If you’re a woman under 50 wondering whether you should get a mammogram, you are basically on your own. Read more →