Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan has hired fellow Democrat Tom Rukavina to be one of his district liaisons.
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The fight against a proposed weakening of Wisconsin mining regulations that would facilitate the construction of a giant open-pit mine in Ashland County continued this week with hundreds of Wisconsin residents, including many representing Native American tribes, traveling to Madison to testify against the bill at a legislative hearing.
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Minnesota’s below zero temps couldn’t keep marchers from taking to the streets on the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday to carry on King’s struggle for political, economic and racial justice. Continue Reading →
President Barack Obama’s inauguration address touches on climate change, an issue barely mentioned during the 2012 campaign, and gay rights, an issue that the US Supreme Court will likely issue a ruling on this year.
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Activist groups, allying with Democratic lawmakers and armed with legislation to stop “dual tracking,” are rallying behind Rose McGee, who is struggling to keep her Golden Valley home. Continue Reading →
President Barack Obama along with Vice President Joe Biden unveil the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades. Continue Reading →
More than 350 people gathered in the cold at the Wisconsin State Capitol this week to protest a proposed change in state mining regulations that environmentalists and Native Americans fear will pollute streams and waters near Lake Superior. Continue Reading →
President Obama holds a press conference to mark the end of his first term and answers questions about the upcoming fight over the debt ceiling with Republicans in Congress and potential legislation or executive orders to prevent gun violence. Continue Reading →
Following his meeting with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama used his weekly address to update the American people on how the United States will end the war in Afghanistan. Continue Reading →
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton welcomes Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai to the Department of State. Continue Reading →
No surprise as President Obama announces Jack Lew as his nominee to replace Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary. Continue Reading →
DFL leaders meet the press to discuss their “vision” for the 2013 legislative session. Republican leaders respond. Continue Reading →
This is Gov. Mark Dayton’s opportunity to fulfill his campaign pledge and raise taxes on the rich and make Minnesota’s tax system more progressive. But does Dayton have the legislative support and political capital to make good on his pledge? Continue Reading →
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is leaving the Obama administration and says he will head home to be on his walnut farm where he will be “dealing with a different set of nuts.” Continue Reading →
President Obama tries to get CIA Director nominee John Brennan to smile at a joke. No surprise to Obama that it doesn’t work. Continue Reading →
Editor’s note: “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota,” was the winner in the Minnesota category of the 2013 Minnesota Book Awards, which were announced Saturday. Congratulations to authors Gwen Westerman and Bruce White. — updated Sunday, April 14 at 8:07 a.m.
One hundred and fifty years after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, the story of the Dakota Indian people is still connected to a troubled history of broken treaties and brutal repression that followed the war. But there is another deeper and older history: That of the Dakota people and their connection to the land of “Mni Sota Makoce,” the place where the water reflects the clouds in the sky. Minnesota is a Dakota place. Continue Reading →
As we begin a New Year, I’d like to take a moment to look back over the past five years since we launched The UpTake. It’s been an amazing ride, and we couldn’t have done it without you, our readers and supporters. Continue Reading →