Bob Collins Feature Archive

Bob Collins writes that the new state law to drug test people who receive welfare benefits provides a perfect case study in how the Minnesota Capitol can be a fact-free zone when setting public policy. (12/16/2013)
It's that time of the year, when the business media turns its journalistic role over to the public relations department of the business communities. (12/02/2013)
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a business owner is not entitled to any more money from Dakota County than he was given when his property was taken by eminent domain. It did so largely on this question: What is a "community?" (11/27/2013)
In the face of increasing bad publicity, GoldieBlox announced that it's dropping its lawsuit against the Beastie Boys for the right to use the song "Girls." (11/27/2013)
At the Christmas City of the North parade in Duluth, Northland News Center anchors bundled up in parkas to cover the parade live. But they weren't actually at the parade. (11/26/2013)
The area around Highway 61 and Interstate 494 in Newport-South St. Paul might be the most foul-smelling location in the Twin Cities. On the Newport side a recycling facility and an oil refinery fills in the odorous gaps that a wastewater plant and a bulk terminal leave in the senses. (11/26/2013)
The Minnesota Supreme Court took some bite out of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act when it ruled today that contracts between private firms doing business for a government entity can remain confidential. (11/20/2013)
When is the last time you heard a male astronaut asked how he could leave his children home to spend time aboard the International Space Station? (11/18/2013)
In San Francisco, today, thousands of people turned out to fulfill a wish of Miles, 5, who's had lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old. His cancer is in remission and he told Make-A-Wish he wanted to continue living his life "heroically." (11/15/2013)
The Northwestern Bank weatherball was hailed as the tallest illuminated sign between Chicago and the West Coast when it was constructed in 1949 and became the icon of downtown Minneapolis. (11/15/2013)
The Rivertown Market on Wabasha in downtown Saint Paul is changing hands. (11/12/2013)
The constant stream of images, though, can desensitize us with the magnitude of the devastation. It can make us turn away. Here are a few that focus on such small items that their impact is huge. (11/12/2013)
The Minnesota Supreme Court today overturned a Court of Appeals ruling that granted a new trial for a St. Paul priest who said religious doctrine was used in his prosecution in violation of the U.S. Constitution. (11/06/2013)
Here are 10 questions based on news events this week. Let's see how well you've paid attention. Please report your score in the comments section. (11/03/2013)
Under Minnesota's "implied consent" law, drivers are considered to have consented to sobriety testing. People can talk to an attorney, but that right can't be used to delay testing until a driver sobers up. (10/23/2013)