The demise of Home Valu (it will always be affectionately thought of as Plywood Minnsota to us old-timers) reminds me that its owner, former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, has been a stand-up guy in many respects: a good family man, a community-minded business leader, serious about his Jewish faith and traditions, and at times a voice for moderation and common sense as a Republican Party leader. The announceme... Read More
Watch for lots of retrospective media commentary in the next couple of weeks, as we mark the end of one of the worst years in the economic history of Minnesota and the United States, but also one of the worst decades in modern times. The pundits will offer us a zillion theoretical causes for these hard times, from the 9/11 trauma at the start of this blighted decade, to dislocations from a more global e... Read More
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson got some laughs at the capitol press conference today with a Freudian slip, saying "the recovery is over,'' which he corrected to "the recession is over.'' Hanson and State Economist Tom Stinson went on in rather somber tones to explain that the recovery will be one of the "slowest on record'' and the November 2009 forecast is depressingly familiar: another sig... Read More
The Star Tribune's front-page story today finds that "less government'' is the overwhelming consensus "vision'' for Republican gubernatorial candidates. Peggy Lee and most Minnesotans want to know: Is that all there is? Leaving aside that this mantra sounds more like hard-right, activist-energizing radio talk than inclusive vision casting Read More
Times are tough in the world of commerce these days but the Minnesota Business Partnership put on an uplifting and clever show Tuesday night, highlighted by a very funny Twitterfest orchestrated by partnership director Charlie Weaver. The fictitious tweets that flashed up on the big screen were inspired, including the one ascribed to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, under the name "veer2right'', in a reference to his presidential pros... Read More
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