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Delivering Dollars: 2014 Homeowner Property Tax Report
By Jeff Van Wychen September 23, 2014

Download full report (high quality or small size) View online at Scribd All files contain complete appendix data In 2014, Minnesota homeowners will experience…

VIDEO: Bringing Fresh Produce to the Community
By Briana Johnson September 22, 2014

Fresh fruits and vegetables can be very expensive, especially in many low-income areas. Expense along with access to local grocery stores in North Minneapolis…

Is the New “Accountability” Actually Professional?
By Michael Diedrich September 22, 2014

When looking at teacher accountability, we’ve experienced many turbulent changes in the past few years. Unfortunately, they aren’t likely to have nearly the impact…

FOIA Improvement Act: Why Minnesotans Should Care
By Mary Treacy September 19, 2014

The frenzy is on as the 113th Congress moves into its last lap and mid-term electioneering hits peak. Left in suspension is a rush…

VIDEO: What’s the Buzz on Bees?
By Briana Johnson September 18, 2014

Honey bees are in trouble and fifth graders in the Minneapolis public school’s S.T.E.M. program are learning what to do to help them. Honey…

To Improve Traffic Safety, Look Outside the Car
By Conrad deFiebre September 18, 2014

From 2003 through 2012, more than 47,000 Americans were fatally injured while walking along streets or roads, about 16 times the toll of the…

Naming Rights Reveal Importance of Farms, Food in Minnesota
By Lee Egerstrom September 17, 2014

Minnesotans were reminded recently that food and agriculture remain huge drivers of the state’s economy when two of the largest home-based companies stepped forward…

Discussing Racial Bias in Law Enforcement
By Deb Balzer September 16, 2014

Recent high profile cases of alleged police misconduct have propelled the conversation about police treatment of the black community, especially black men and what…

Where Children, Data, and Equity Meet
By Michael Diedrich September 16, 2014

It’s not hard to agree that young children shouldn’t face suspension or expulsion except in the most extreme circumstances. Beth Hawkins of MinnPost has…

Local Government Aid: Actions Speak Louder than Words
By Jeff Van Wychen September 15, 2014

Gubernatorial candidates of all political persuasions support city Local Government Aid (LGA), at least while on the campaign trail. After all, LGA is an…

VIDEO: Tech Crawl
By Briana Johnson September 15, 2014

Budding entrepreneurs and innovators seeking strategic advice, resources and networking opportunities had the opportunity to join in a series of 20 events across the…

Energy Trends: Fossil Future or Renewable Outlook?
By Maria Brun September 12, 2014

Energy, sitting at the intersection of powering society and emitting greenhouse gasses (GHG) linked to climate change, has become a highly partisan issue, stylized…

VIDEO: Minnesota Apple Harvest
By Briana Johnson September 11, 2014

Minnesota's apple harvest is underway and early word is that this year's crop is bountiful. There are 116 apple orchards across the state with…

Tech Takes on Congestion; So Does Transit
By Conrad deFiebre September 11, 2014

Driverless cars. The Internet of autos. Drones on traffic patrol. Spatial analytics and behavioral economics.  The strange list above offers just a taste of…

College Debts Hold Back Economic Recovery; Need Assistance
By Lee Egerstrom September 10, 2014

Rising college debts are holding back recovery in the housing markets while housing costs converge with college debts to also hold back recovery for…

Discussion: The Role of Startup Companies in Minnesota
By Deb Balzer September 09, 2014

More than 50,000 new businesses were registered with the state last year, according to Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. That’s the third largest…

Better Learning Through Psychology
By Michael Diedrich September 09, 2014

With so much of the attention in education reform focused on quantitative outcomes or defining “good” teaching, we can sometimes miss or minimize some…

VIDEO: Bike Lanes in the Twin Cities
By Katie Lescarbeau September 08, 2014

Making bikers feel safe and recognized on the road has become a priority for policy makers in the Twin Cities. By implementing protected and…

2013 Tax Act: Best Deal for Homeowners in 30 Years
By Jeff Van Wychen September 08, 2014

Over the last three decades, years in which statewide homeowner property taxes fell were rare. The largest reduction occurred from 2001 to 2002 and…

Comparing the 2001 and 2013 Tax Acts: Which was Better?
By Jeff Van Wychen September 05, 2014

Over the last thirty years, the tax acts of 2001 and 2013 stand out in terms of providing homeowner property tax relief. The largest…

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