MinnPost Picks: on divining for corpses, the unstable future and an ice skating trail through the woods

He Teaches Police ‘Witching’ To Find Corpses. Experts Are Alarmed. The Marshall Project You may have heard of “divining” or “dowsing” — an old and scientifically discredited practice of walking around with a stick or rods to try to detect water, minerals, or sometimes, I learned in this Marshall Project piece, corpses. Despite its dubiousness, … Read more

Federal decision to pull mining permits sets dangerous precedent for all Minnesota businesses

REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein The Biden administration’s decision to upend the Twin Metals permitting process is anything but fair, unless you define “fair” as getting the outcome you prefer. As presidents of our local Chambers of Commerce, our job is to help the businesses in our communities thrive and succeed. Sometimes that service means standing watch against … Read more

Teachers union pushes back on Minneapolis district’s ‘final’ offer

Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. Mara Klecker and Eder Campuzano write in the Star Tribune: “Teachers union leaders on Monday balked at what Minneapolis Public Schools called its last and best offer for support staff, releasing their own series of videos and documents to explain some of their latest proposals … Read more

Minnesota COVID-19 test-positivity rate below 3 percent

[ad_1] By Tom Nehil | News Editor March 21, 2022 <h1>Minnesota COVID-19 test-positivity rate below 3 percent</h1> <p class=”a-entry-byline”>By <span class=”a-entry-author”>Tom Nehil</span> | <span class=”a-entry-author-job-title”>News Editor</span></p> <p class=”a-entry-date”>March 21, 2022</p> <p>Minnesota’s latest average <b>COVID-19</b> test positivity rate <a href=”https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2022/03/21/covid-in-mn-latest-positivity-rate-dips-below-3/”>was 2.9 percent</a>, the lowest figure since July 2021.</p> <p><b>Masks</b> are no longer required to be worn <a href=”https://www.twincities.com/2022/03/21/mn-federal-courts-lift-mask-mandate/”>inside Minnesota’s four federal courthouses.</a></p> … Read more

How do strikers envision improving the mental health of Minneapolis students?

[ad_1] Heading into the third week of the Minneapolis Public School (MPS) educator strike, negotiations are ongoing, but there still remains a large gap between what educators have demanded and the district’s counter offer.  Some of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) and Educational Support Professional (ESP) demands are class size caps, higher starting wages … Read more

The most boring issue at the Minnesota Legislature is also one of the most consequential 

How can something that sounds so bureaucratic be so controversial … and important? At the Minnesota Legislature, that something is officially called the Premium Security Plan, but it usually goes by the only slightly more engaging moniker of “reinsurance,” and it’s what is used by the state to stabilize the individual and small-group health insurance … Read more

St. Paul’s Nina Clifford: the ‘richest woman of the underworld’

Nina Clifford, a child of immigrants who evolved into the “richest woman of the underworld,” made a name for herself as an affluent sex worker who contributed to the buildup of St. Paul’s downtown Red Light District in the late 1800s. She invited other women to establish their businesses nearby while police sanctioned an environment … Read more