Paul Tosto Feature Archive

Has Wisconsin out muscled Minnesota the past two years on jobs and the economy? No. Basic economic measures continue to show Minnesota outperforming Wisconsin. (01/25/2013)
Halfway through his term, Gov. Mark Dayton holds solid public approval numbers and new polling suggests he would beat ex-Sen. Norm Coleman in a race for governor next year. Fifty-three percent of voters back Dayton's job performance, while 39 percent disapprove, according to survey results released today from the firm Public Policy Polling. (01/23/2013)
Calling for an end to "gimmicks and fiscal games," Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday proposed an overhaul of Minnesota's tax and budget system that would raise hundreds of millions more from high-income taxpayers and high-dollar clothing sales, and pump much of the new money into education and property tax relief. (01/22/2013)
At 6.875 percent, Minnesota has one of the highest sales tax rates of any state in the nation. But it's also one of the few states that exempts clothing from the tax. (01/14/2013)
The atmosphere is warmer. But is that a problem? Is global warming simply a temporary, cyclical phenomenon or evidence of a slow motion crisis? How much of what's happening can be traced to humans and their industries? What, if anything, should be done to stop climate change? Is climate change real? (01/10/2013)
The debate over Voter ID is explored through a four-week dialogue. (10/19/2012)
Gray wolves once faced extinction in the upper Midwest. With decades of federal protection, their numbers rebounded. That led federal authorities in January to remove the wolves from the Endangered Species list, placing them under state control. To help manage the population, the state Department of Natural Resources has authorized a wolf hunt, the first ever in Minnesota, starting Nov. 3. But the hunt's been challenged in court and on the airwaves by opponents who question its wisdom and necessity. (10/18/2012)
Minnesota is struggling with a growing mess of pests and plants that shouldn't be here. The state is pressing the fight against invasive species. But is it possible to stop their spread? (10/04/2012)
As Election Day approaches, some voter ID movements around the country are starting to feel a push back. (10/03/2012)
Reuven Rahamim was a tinkerer with an entrepreneur's DNA. Hours before he was shot and killed, he talked enthusiastically of his newest projects and the legacy he one day hoped to leave behind. (09/28/2012)
The Minnesota Orchestra faces tough financial times as management and musicians to try to work out new contracts. (08/18/2012)
We asked some 2011 graduates to tell us what their first year in the job market has been like. Most of them have finally found work, but some remain underemployed after months bouncing between unpaid and paid internships, contract work and unemployment. (06/11/2012)
Gopi Ramanathan from Sartell, Minn. did not place in the top three at today's National Geographic Bee held in Washington DC. A 14-year-old from Texas was the winner, and a student from Wisconsin came in second. (05/24/2012)
Edina Care and Rehabilitation Center's storm readiness plan. (05/14/2012)
Target Field's severe weather preparedness plan. (05/14/2012)