When Minnesota’s Government Sues Itself

I wrote an article for the daily paper recently about Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka speaking to the League of Women Voters. I focused the article on his and Sen. Carrie Ruud’s comments regarding mental health reform. Although it didn’t make it into print, Gazelka also discussed the ongoing legal battle between the Legislature and…
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Our Community Can Do Better On Mental Health

Patrick Kennedy, JFK’s nephew and Ted’s son, came to the Brainerd area earlier this week for the Minnesota Hospital Association annual meeting. He kept his audience riveted as he spoke about his struggle with drug addiction and bipolar disorder, and as he tied his own experience in with the failings of America’s mental health care…
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Drain The Swamp On Mille Lacs?

The 2016 election played out again on the water at Mille Lacs Lake last weekend. From the Star Tribune: Gov. Mark Dayton canceled a meeting with business owners around Lake Mille Lacs Saturday after about 75 protesters in boats encircled him on the lake to protest a temporary ban on walleye fishing. Dayton was with…
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Urbanites Campaigning Up North: What Does It Mean?

It’s not even July yet and already I’ve interviewed two candidates in the 2018 election for governor as they campaigned through Brainerd. So far, it’s been two Democrats — Erin Murphy and Paul Thissen — zero Republicans. I’m kind of surprised the two came at all, because electioneering these days is less and less about…
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Where The Sidewalk (Or Furor-Inducing Unpaved Trail) Ends

It’s been a quiet week in St. Paul, which is not my hometown. The fireworks that were promised at the beginning of the Legislative session early this year mostly did not come to pass. By means of several sleepless nights working on bills, legislators have likely averted a government shutdown. Barring some massive reversal by…
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