The New York Times went to Lindstrom to explore the sometimes contradictory feelings many Americans have about the country's safety net of government programs. The paper found that even some Minnesotans who say they want less government find themselves increasingly reliant on programs like Medicare and free school lunches.
Winter weather advisory issued as Saturday snow arrives
Not huge totals expected, but any snow will likely impact travel.
Report: Ryan Poles is Vikings' 'top choice' for general manager
Poles was one of two finalists revealed on Friday.
Willis carries shorthanded Gophers to beat Rutgers
The senior scored a career-high 32 points to end a four-game losing streak.
Charges: St. Paul man had sexual contact 'multiple times' with 12-year-old girl
Marcus Steichen, 21, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Charges: Mom killed infant son just weeks after getting him back from foster care
The 10-month-old died in her care in Brooklyn Park last April.
Minnesota's 'frozen potato freeway' closure attracts plenty of comment
It was, let's face it, a very Minnesotan reason for a freeway closure.
U of M fraternity raises money for chef's knee surgery
The GoFundMe has raised around $1,700 of its $5,000 goal.
7 restaurant, bar groups sue Minneapolis over dining vaccine mandate
"Minneapolis bars and restaurants are being used as pawns..." the lawsuit said.
Woman fatally shot in St. Paul's North End neighborhood
It's the fourth homicide so far this year in St. Paul.
Hopkins suffers rare loss to No. 1 ranked Sidwell Friends
The Royals held their own in a battle of the nation's best.
As crop prices rise, feds rethink safety net for farmers
Federal government aid has long served as a safety net for family farmers. But given recent increases in crop revenues, Congress could end the program that pays farmers money whether crop prices are high or low.
Farmers' safety net is now a money bag
Designed as a safety net, crop insurance was meant to cushion farmers from the multitude of risks that farming is famous for, from hailstorms to floods, the Star Tribune reports. But now, about 80 percent of the country's crop insurance policies are revenue policies, protecting farmers not only from weather and yield losses, but also from drops in prices.
Crackdown on criminal immigrants nets 37 arrests in Minnesota
The crackdown comes just a few weeks after President Obama's administration announced a new focus on deporting the most serious criminal immigrants.
UnitedHealth posts big third-quarter net income
Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group's third-quarter net income jumped 23 percent, beating expectations, as preparations for retiring Baby Boomers started to pay off for the nation's largest health insurer, the Associated Press reports. UnitedHealth also raised its 2012 earnings forecast.
Minnesota's Medicaid program draws more scrutiny
Add the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the list of federal agencies investigating the Medicaid program in Minnesota. The agency that runs the federal government's two key health insurance programs wants answers to questions about how Minnesota sets payment rates for managed care organizations in the state's Medicaid program.
Retiring U of M exec helped revive relationship with business sector
When Tim Mulcahy arrived at the University of Minnesota seven years ago, he didn't realize how bad the university's relationship with the state's business leaders had become. As the U of M's vice-president of research and development prepares for retirement, that relationship has steadily improved. The university's growing track record of new business start-ups helps.
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