Minnesota Prisons Overcrowded, But Have Lower Rates Than Most States

Minnesota imprisons 194 people per 100,000 population, fourth lowest in the country, but the prison numbers are increasing the fifth fastest in the country. The next lowest number of prisoners in the region is North Dakota, with 214 per 100,000; the country’s average is 471. Minnesota’s prison growth rate for the past decade is fifth…
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Appleton Prison Supporters Want State Inmates

The latest proposal to put state prisoners in a west-central Minnesota facility appears more acceptable than when it was a privately run prison, but the plan has a long way to go before state lawmakers are ready to buy in. The plan would have the state lease, or potentially buy, the prison and staff it…
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Political Chatter: Minnesotans Of Both Parties Sorry To See Boehner Go

One day, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner was at the top of the world with Pope Francis speaking to a joint meeting of Congress after 20 years of the Ohio Republican asking pontiffs do to that. The next day, Boehner resigned, effective in a month, surprising House members of both major parties. ‚ÄúSpeaker Boehner has…
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Book Review: Mayor’s Book Is For Politicians Looking For Change

Duluth Mayor Don Ness’ new book “Hillsider” is, in places, a memoir. Elsewhere, it is appears to be a college yearbook, full of pictures that often are not very mayoral. Then there are pages that present the history of the Don and Laura Ness family, beginning with their very first hug shortly after U.S. Sen.…
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Audience Hears Something Different From Pope

Humility. Humbling. Hope. Inspiration. Those who saw Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., Thursday spoke words not commonly used to describe speakers in the country’s capital city. “I have been through a lot of speeches in the (House) chamber,” U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said. “It was not a political speech … it was just a…
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