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President of Growth & Justice since 2007. Journalist, covering politics and government for Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press, 1977-2007.

2011 may be bad, but we’ve seen worse

We are divided and faltering in Minnesota and the United States, staggering through a state government shutdown over a legislative refusal to raise more revenue, and teetering on the brink of a disastrous and unprecedented default on our national debt for essentially the same reason.

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U of M: The house that Pillsbury built

Almost 150 years ago, in the midst of economic hard times and a Civil War, a young business dynamo by the name of John S. Pillsbury was named a regent for the University of Minnesota and given the unofficial task by Gov. Henry Swift of saving it from premature death.

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