Bob Collins Feature Archive

Climate change is a scientific fact. Misinformation about those facts -- some of it intentional, some of it not -- has stalled planetary action. What should a news editor do about that? (10/23/2013)
In a speech during the annual Education Minnesota conference last week put Minnesota Teacher of the Year Megan Olivia Hall said "From where I stand, teachers are the last line of defense against the tyranny of the 1 percent." This comment has put her in the line of fire. (10/22/2013)
Jerabek's New Bohemian Bakery suddenly closed both of its Saint Paul locations yesterday. Owners Russell Spangler, Ronda Vincent and John Wills broke the news on Facebook. (10/21/2013)
Maggie Koerth-Baker considers the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder "epidemic" and writes this week that it's not hard to figure out why nearly 11 percent of children 4-17 have received an ADHD diagnosis. (10/21/2013)
Time is running out for World War II vets to visit their memorial in Washington; they don't have time for the politicians to grow, act like adults, and govern the nation in a responsible way. They barreled through the barricades today. (10/01/2013)
The Minnesota Twins are reportedly taking a step toward assuring there'll be no more of the same old losing at Target Field today by continuing more of the same in the manager's office. (09/30/2013)
The White House will honor Fatima Said of Winona on Thursday as part of its Constitution Week and Citizenship Day observances. Said is executive director for Project FINE, a nonprofit organization that is focused on integrating newcomers through education. She knows what it's like to be a newcomer. (09/18/2013)
Should people who live near the BWCA have a greater say in a proposal to increase mining in the area than people who might visit someday? (09/09/2013)
While the U.S. continues to spend more time prepping kids for standardized testing, Finland has one of the most successful public education systems on the planet, partly because it sends kids out for an hour of play no matter what the weather. (09/04/2013)
There's an obituary today of Annette and Leonard Pupkes of Omaha, who moved to Arden Hills a few months ago to be closer to family. They were married for 63 years. He died first earlier this month; she followed several hours later. (08/30/2013)
The speech is rarely broadcast in its entirety, so many people have never heard it. This would be a good day to hear the speech that was supposed to go only 4 minutes. (08/28/2013)
NewsCut: In July, neighbors gathered in North Minneapolis (above) to rally against gun violence. Last week, a beating on St. Paul's East Side left neighbors begging officials to do something -- anything. Unless something changes, 2013 in the Twin Cities may be the summer when people and politicians gave up and ceded their neighborhoods to the gangs. (08/20/2013)
It's not often we hear of drivers frustrating law enforcement because they don't drive fast enough, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals today ruled the state has the right to strip the driver's license of anyone who refuses officers' orders to drive faster. The court ruled in the case of Gary Constans of Lester Prairie, who has been stopped numerous times for driving too slowly. (08/19/2013)
The humor-impaired state of Minnesota is in full bloom with this weekend's release of ads for MNsure, featuring the iconic Paul Bunyan and Babe characters. Bunyan, who can clear-cut forests and create 10,000 lakes, is quite the klutz, it turns out in the new campaign. (08/19/2013)
Only nine members remain of the "Last Man Club," a group of veterans from a small southwestern Minnesota town. When the club is down to its last member, he will toast his brothers with a special bottle of bourbon. (08/13/2013)