Don Davis / Forum News Service
ST. PAUL — Tim Walz was more of a fan than Minnesota’s governor. “I certainly am in awe of what you have done,” Walz told coach Scott Sandelin and athletic director Josh Berlo when they showed off the University of Minnesota Duluth hockey national championship trophy around the state Capitol on Wednesday, April 24. “We are really excited,” Walz said as the pair stopped by his office before the trophy made stops at the House and Senate. “It is an incredible achievement. And you did it with such dignity.”
ST. PAUL — “We are statistically insignificant.” That is why little attention is paid to what many describe as an epidemic of murdered and missing American Indian women. “Native women are invisible at best and disposable at worst,” said Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, a member of northwestern Minnesota’s White Earth Nation. American Indians are a small percentage of the overall population, she said, making it easy for some people to ignore the issue.
ST. PAUL - Chris Taylor says he will advocate for minorities and others Minnesota state government does not always treat equally. It may be an American Indian applying for a state job or a black-owned company seeking a state contract. State officials often think about “who do I feel most comfortable with,” Taylor said, instead of picking the best person for the job.
ST. PAUL — Computer hackers have gained access to thousands of Minnesotans’ data stored in state computers during the past year, including 35,000 people who deal with the Department of Human Services. A key senator says the department must make progress in changing the situation. “There is a pattern here that needs to be fixed,” said Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, the deputy Senate majority leader and chairwoman of the committee that decides Human Services funding.