Students at St. Paul Central walk out of school on Jan. 18. Students wanted two weeks of distance learning plus action on nine demands that included s

Remote learning should be last resort

COVID-19 decisions are complex, and without statewide requirements districts must make the call.

Sheriff, you're done

January 20
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson pleaded guilty to a single DWI charge.
With new details, David Hutchinson's drunken-driving incident only looks worse.

Voting rights fails, but fight goes on

January 20
Voters cast their ballots under a giant mural on Nov. 3, 2020, in Midlothian, Va.
Too many states are working to restrict ballot access.

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January 19
A JetBlue passenger flight passed the Air Force Memorial as it prepared to land at Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday.

Caution is warranted in 5G rollout

Still, this isn't exactly a shining example of government efficacy.
January 18
The Nest Hello, a digital-video enabled doorbell.

The public benefit of home security

A database of doorbell cameras and the like falls into the "can't hurt, might help" category of crime-solving.
January 17
Armored vehicles are seen outside Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, on Jan. 15.

Attack on synagogue is a sad reminder

Anti-Semitism persists, creating the need for congregations to prepare.
January 16
Helping small businesses survive COVID

Helping small businesses survive COVID

Hennepin County has stepped up to provide needed grants and services.
January 16
Newborns rest in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in Kiryas Joel, N.Y.

A needed push to protect state's infants

Minnesota health commissioner should add congenital cytomegalovirus to newborn screening program.
January 15
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman arrived for work in late December. Freeman told an Star Tribune editorial writer that there is a misperception t

Fresh thinking needed on fighting crime

First step is for law enforcement to stop the infighting.
January 14
A person builds a fire on Jan. 11 at a Near North homeless encampment under an eviction notice in Minneapolis.

Translate activism into aid for homeless

Five Minneapolis City Council members need to show they can govern.
January 13
A Katz’s Deli employee, left, checks proof of vaccination from customers who will be eating inside the famous New York City restaurant in August.

Lessons learned from vaccine mandates

Restaurant leaders elsewhere said customers got used to rules like those announced in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
January 12
Minneapolis police investigate the scene on a Metro Transit bus where two people were shot in February 2020.

Make it safer to use public transit

Deploy more community service officers for greater impact.
January 11
United States Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, center, arrives with her delegation for a meeting of the Political and Security Committee at th

Discipline key to Russia diplomacy

The U.S. and West must coalesce on avoiding war in Ukraine.
January 10
A COVID-19 rapid test kit. At-home tests may be scarce during this omicron wave, but people should not go to the emergency room if they can’t find o

Need a COVID test? Don't clog up ERs

"Hospitals are literally full," the Minnesota Hospital Association says while asking for public's help.
January 9
Oxycodone pills, pictured in 2019.

A unified front on the opioid crisis

State, counties, cities join forces in historic agreement.
January 8
COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are processed at a testing site in California.

Even 'mild' COVID can hit hard

It's plain to see how disruption will continue in 2022 and why it's critical to be vaccinated.
January 7
St. Louis Park Police released this photo last week of an attempted carjacking in the Lunds & Byerlys parking lot.

New focus needed on juvenile crime

Prosecutors have to be part of the solution to wave of Twin Cities violence.
January 6
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson, left, on his first day in office in 2019. Hutchinson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken-driving offense

Sheriff Hutchinson should resign

Trust in Hennepin County's top law enforcer is lost as his DWI details play out.
January 5
People climbed a wall of the Capitol in Washington during an attack on the building Jan. 6, 2021.

Recognize, repair Jan. 6's damage

America must learn the lessons from that day and hold those responsible accountable.
January 4
Employees at Aurelius Manufacturing in Braham, Minn.

State manufacturers rallied in 2021

Rebound is a credit to the employers and workers, but challenges remain.
January 3
A home under construction in Excelsior is photographed in April 2020.

A direct push to take on wealth gaps

Promising Bush Foundation project will award $100 million to individuals in Minnesota and the Dakotas.
December 31, 2021

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December 30, 2021

Library head should live in Minnesota

He may love L.A., but Hennepin County director needs to relocate here.
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