Dave Peters Feature Archive

The number of valid handgun permits in Minnesota has passed 100,000. That's about 19 permits for every 1,000 Minnesota residents. But permits to carry handguns are far from evenly distributed and, in fact, show up in a fascinating pattern. (08/08/2012)
A report from Connect Minnesota, the organization charged with tracking this progress, says the state has gained another few inches. (05/29/2012)
Unmet transportation needs in rural Minnesota range from getting to the Performing Arts Center in Pipestone, above, to finding a way to catch a bus to the Twin Cities. (04/25/2012)
Minnesota's fastest-growing transit system over the past five years? The one run by the small town of Montevideo. (04/18/2012)
A person doesn't have to just sit and wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on national health care reform. nstead sign up for one of about 40 two-hour conversations in the next several months around Minnesota that will let you talk about your own experience with the real-world balancing act among costs, care and health. (04/13/2012)
I went looking for my grandparents in the newly released 1940 Census forms but found my real reward when the face of Ardelle Neufeld, an 80-year-old woman I'd never met, lit up at BB's Diner in Mountain Lake. (04/06/2012)
Wireless keeps getting better as an answer to rural areas' high-speed Internet needs. But some people worry that even as it solves some problems it could relegate areas to second -class service. (03/27/2012)
First it went up but lately it's gone down. The data on entrepreneurship: 5 ways to look at Minnesota's entrepreneurial culture (02/29/2012)
Leaders from Minnesota's cities, counties and school districts have banded together to plead for more flexibility from the state to let them try new ways of delivering local services. (01/23/2012)
If you just opened your truth-in-taxation notice and are stunned to see how little your house is apparently worth, take a deep breath. What may have plunged is your "taxable market value," which is not the same as what your house might fetch on the market. (11/22/2011)
Will the budget agreement the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton reached last summer leave Minnesota's property taxes higher next year? In a word, yes. But a caution: This is Minnesota, and when you talk property taxes, things get complicated. (11/11/2011)
Gov. Mark Dayton has named Margaret Anderson Kelliher, former Minnesota House Speaker and 2010 candidate for governor, to lead a new task force aimed at expanding the use of broadband in Minnesota. (11/07/2011)
The numbers for St. Paul are among the first available as the property tax season cranks up. (10/06/2011)
MPR News' Ground Level project looks at Minnesota's water pollution challenges and how some residents are tackling them, river by river and lake by lake. (09/13/2011)
One way to further develop broadband Internet infrastructure in Minnesota is to allow broadband projects to be included in state bonding requests, said Rick King, chief technology officer for Thomson Reuters. (08/29/2011)