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Graduation Rates Are Rising, but Too Many Students Are Still Falling Behind

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 03.20.2015 | Education
Stacey D. Stewart

Even with these improvements, one in five students is still not graduating on time, and the graduation rate remains 13.4 percentage points lower for black and Hispanic students than for white students.

Love in Time of Alzheimer's

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 04.15.2015 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

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The Urban Food Banquet: St. Paul Leads Nation in Art of Food Justice

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Working with local farmers, cooks and artists, Jones and Public Art St. Paul fashioned CREATE into a zero waste public art initiative to take the challenge of bringing healthy food directly to the table.

Dispute Over Decency

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Religious radicals are marketers of mistreatment, and it's time to call them on it. It is amazing what indecent things some people say and do in the name of decency.

Shobi's Table Is The Free, Food Truck Ministry That Every City Needs

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion

If Shobi's Table had a tagline, it might read: Not quite a food truck, not quite a church. It falls in between categories, much like the pastor who ru...

Police Seek Hit-And-Run Driver That Killed Mother, Ask Public 'For Help'

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.08.2014 | Crime

Minnesota police are searching for the driver in a deadly hit-and-run that claimed the life of a married mother of two. According to the Minnesota ...

Spiritual or Religious? False Dichotomy

Eric Simpson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The notion that one can be spiritual but not religious is like saying you have blood in your body, but don't care much for the skeleton. Similarly, claiming you need to go to Church to be spiritual is like saying you need to shop at Macy's to wear clothes. Both ideas are bunk.

5 Free Warm-Weather Twin Cities Activities

AP | DOUG GLASS | Posted 09.06.2014 | Travel

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Like many places that endure long, difficult winters, Minnesota comes alive when the weather warms up. So many people from the Tw...

What About Hell? Fiction and Fact

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Christians who still want to preach Hell, should at least know what they're talking about.

First Lady Challenges Mayors to End Veteran Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 08.13.2014 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

It's clear that ending veteran homelessness is possible with ideas and outlooks like this and the hope is that mayors all over the country will take heed and join in some good old fashioned mayoral competition lest they would be outrun by their neighbors.

The Tomb of Jesus and the Body of Christ

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

A presentation a few years back on the Discovery Channel about "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" was just one of the more recent exhibits in a series of sensat...

Ancient C-SPAN Video Casts Doubt on Christianity

Jerry and Joe Long | Posted 04.17.2014 | Comedy
Jerry and Joe Long

The following video was found intact in a cave at the northwest end of the Dead Sea in 2012. It appears to be a conversation between Brian Of Lamb, the host of Scroll Notes, who was considered the finest interviewer of the first century A.D., and St. Paul, the father of modern Christianity.

Me, My Hometown and Mr. Gatsby

Bill Stieger | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
Bill Stieger

Great writing achieves an effect that no movie can: It's a world built of language and the reader's imagination, where it remains as real as the money you either have, or don't.

Obama's Next Stop On 'Year Of Action' Tour

AP | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking his "year of action" tour to Minnesota, heading to St. Paul on Wednesday to announce a new compet...

An Amazing Week

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.05.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have grown increasingly nervous about the future of diverse arts institutions in the United States. So many have disappeared, others are facing huge cash problems and most are watching as donors shift their priorities to other interests.

Calvinism and Conflict

Martin Marty | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Last Saturday was the day set aside for the annual festival commemorating "The Conversion of St. Paul." Did anyone notice? Still, Paul is "all over the place" in Christianity. Almost everything about him evokes or signals conflict.

The Role of Ranked Choice Voting in 2013

Rob Richie | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

If you followed the local elections and the special elections that took place in 2013, you probably heard some stories about ranked choice voting -- there has been a wave of positive national press and great new examples of how it works in practice.

Give Thanks in All Things! All Things? You're Kidding, Right?

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There will come a day when you will find yourself giving thanks for the very thing that once caused you the greatest trouble... the deepest sorrow. There is a mystery here that I can neither explain nor explore. I just know it to be true.

What The Twin Cities Can Teach Us About Living Well

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Our Living Well, On Location series explores cities and countries from around the world. How do other people pursue health and happiness? We're going ...

James and Paul

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

How things really stood between Paul and James, we cannot know. But we can say with confidence that Paul did not "invent" Christian adoration of Jesus, as some claim.

A Fool for Love

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

There are many who believe that a world filled with this degree of peace, love and harmony (our true nature) will exist only following an apocalyptic battle that will destroy humanity in the physical realm. But I'm not among them.

Minnesota Man Convicted Of Killing Wife Found In River

AP | Posted 10.03.2013 | Crime

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury Wednesday convicted a Minnesota man in the slaying of his wife, whose body was found in the Mississ...

The 'And Yet' of Syria, War and Peace

John Backman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
John Backman

We have to do something about Syria's chemical weapons. And yet... No person of compassion can ever sanction war. And yet...

Pope Francis: Good Christians Should Pray For Bad Leaders

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Wading into ongoing debates over religion and politics, Pope Francis on Sunday (Sept. 15) gently chided Christians to pray for politicians,...

Ooey Gooey Burger Goodness!

AP | BRIAN BAKST | Posted 08.27.2013 | Travel

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Baskin-Robbins has 31 flavors of ice cream. The Nook has 31 types of burgers. They're ooey-gooey and oh-so-good....