Vance K. Opperman (firstname.lastname@example.org) is owner and CEO of MSP Communications, which publishes Twin Cities Business.
Viruses are always among us. We should be prepared.
Get your Real ID--or get stuck at the airport.
In the caucuses, some state has to be first, and that state should be Iowa.
The proposed wealth tax is prismatically bad from any angle.
Look for former UN ambassador Nikki Haley to be the Republican nominee for vice president.
Weathermen on TV use interactive maps, but this is perhaps the first time a pretend meteorologist has used a Sharpie.
With gun laws, we're trying to prevent dividing Americans into dead or alive.
Democratic officeholders worry about the electability of a female candidate in the Trump era.
The summer is for uniting around the baseball diamond.
Facebook does not need to be broken up.
What's really behind the college admissions scandal?
Can we judge political correctness outside of historical context?
Normally, I write an open letter to a presidential candidate after the Iowa caucuses, which are next year. Because you are smart and ultimately data driven, you will drop out of this race before Iowa.
The Greatest Generation showed us how much can be accomplished when we're united.
During the session, the governor and members of his administration held press conferences in targeted Republican rural districts at intersections and highways that badly needed repair.
The two years of missteps in the initial implementation of our Minnesota exchange were in part caused by freezing out experts in the business community who understood the problem. Tim Walz does not have to repeat that mistake.
As we wrote last year, you've never seen turkeys like these.
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the president’s authority to grant all forms of clemency, including pardons, is co-equal with the common-law prerogative of kings.
We also know from those experiences 50 years ago that idealistic and principled political leadership, supported by the enthusiasm and energy of youthful followers, can help change the trajectory of American politics.
To: Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon H.Q., Seattle, Wash.
To: The Honorable Amy Klobuchar
Is the potential ability to bet on pro and amateur sports from the phone in your pocket a gamechanger?
The pace of AI development is exceedingly fast and its presence is being felt in nearly every industry.
A big wallet can help a person be a big philanthropist—but it also takes a big heart, and that is certainly what John Nasseff had.
To: Dr. John Noseworthy
President and CEO
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905
To: Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer
Lewis and Paulsen:]
Why don’t the three of you simply introduce legislation that rebates to each state the differential from what that state pays into the federal fisc, minus what it receives back?
To: Santa Claus
To: Mr. Joel Brandenberger
President, National Turkey Federation
1225 New York Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
To: Horatio Alger
The book starts with the obligatory political beginning: You were born in a log cabin that you built with your own hands.
To: The Honorable Jack Davies
c/o Maslon LLP
To: Summer Vacationers, The Beach, USA
To: Dean John Coleman, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
To: Rep. Erik Paulsen 127 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C.
To: John Koskinen
To: Gov. Mark Dayton,
State Capitol, St. Paul, Minn.
To: Mr. Steve Jobs
To Michael Lewis W.W. Norton & Co. New York, N.Y.
To: Post-Inaugural Citizens, USA
To: Professor Sara Danius
Nobel Academy Secretary
Nobel Prize Committee
To: Business Voters
Twin Cities, Minnesota
To: The Honorable Denise Merrill
National Association of Secretaries of State
To: Ms. Heather Ring
Innocence Project of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minn.
To: Tom Landwehr
St. Paul, MN
To: Bertolt Brecht,
Office of the Cauliflower Trust,
To: Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, Old Sun Microsystems , Office Silicon Valley, CA
To: The Hon. Sen. Charles Grassley
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
to: Mr. Howard Beale
UBS Evening News
New York City, NY
to: Sen. Orrin Hatch, Chairman
Rep. Kevin Brady, Vice Chairman
Joint Committee on Taxation
United States Capitol
To the average Minnesota voter
To: The Grinch
c/o Dr. Seuss
To: Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken
To: The Honorable Jesse Ventura
The so-called money sports seem to attract the highest number of scandals.
We are entering the season where most of us will be receiving emails about your continued political perfidy, so I thought we might as well write you directly.
The soccer stadium proposal is a great bargain, and the city would be foolish to let this opportunity go by.
Here's who should benefit from that tantalizing budget surplus.
Late summer is the perfect time to contemplate empty nesthood.
Here is some unsought and free advice as you lead the Target board in its quest for new corporate leadership.
When you have workers who are required to work without pay, who are denied the ability to bargain for their wages and working conditions, you will inevitably get a union.
If you’re serious about improving the quality of college applicants, the answer lies in devoting time and effort to developing a more rigorous and standardized high school curricula.
Gambling will certainly produce people not as smart as their phones.
Colorado won’t be the only state that is “high,” nor will Washington remain its only companion for very long.
Airline travel has gotten better recently, but we do not need various patrons calling in a loud voice to share the object of their displeasure.
Large government bureaucracies frequently ignore their own histories of snafus.
The basic idea is to devote a legislative session to repealing or deleting various parts of our statutory and regulatory thicket that stand in the way of effective governance.
Minnesota has a great tradition of science and technology, but more needs to be done and soon.
Wilf family troubles aside, the stadium will get built.
Edward Snowden is not hiding in the basement.
A fond farewell.
What to expect when you’re directing.
A guide for speakers: Keep it short and sweet.
The Destination Medical Center compares favorably with Minnesota’s other publicly funded projects.
Monitoring gun sales is a common-sense step that won’t curtail liberty.
The military was mostly absent from Inauguration Day festivities.
The state is poised to become the place where diabetes is cured.
A few suggestions for priorities at the capitol.
We need leadership, not lemmings.
Focus on promising local businesses and entrepreneurs, rather than haranguing politicians.
Compared to everything else that dominates the media, we’d prefer to see more of the games.
Man’s ability to reason reaffirmed with the discovery of the “God particle.”
Politics can’t compete with Minnesotans’ favorite pastime.
Minnesota's higher education leadership could take advantage of it.
"Maximizing shareholder value" is a losing strategy. Companies should take a page, or several, from pro football's playbook.
Why opposing gay marriage is bad for Minnesota.
Catastrophic injury coverage for high school students.
A solution to the Vikings stadium question.
A task force report that’s worth looking into.
A Manifesto for Real Change
A former U.S. comptroller general sounds the alarm about the federal budget.
Addressing a prostrate employment market.
One of the state’s great lawyers leaves a legacy of moderation and fairness.
How long can smokers and school kids bail out the state?
Iowa deserves praise, not opprobrium, for its presidential caucus system.
Part of a lawyer’s business is representing unpopular causes.
Want a jobs program with sustained benefits for the state? Invest in the U.
Start a church, raise a fortune, dodge the IRS.
This is our real "Sputnik moment."
What does the U.S. Constitution really mean? Two prominent Minnesotans offer very different takes.
A questioning, entrepreneurial visionary.
Better budgets, a terrorist named Lars, and Larry Bird.
The potential harm isn't in the film, it's in the way the controversy and investigation are handled.
More issues that the candidates must address: education, nullification, and collaboration.
The candidates must offer substantive ideas about the budget, services, and health care access.
They're not those for governor and state legislators.
Delusion, addiction, and a boycott only Cervantes could love.
Moving the gubernatorial primaries up into August makes them even less compelling.
Their views are diverse, and now their speech is protected.
Get all of the upside—and none of the wrath—that accrues to fiscal responsibility.
How to improve security? Ask the passanger in 12A or 23 C.
People who keep working in their golden years should be celebrated, not denigrated.
As modest as a Norwegian Lutheran prairie church, the Dome is an underappreciated asset.
An invitation for 2012: What's red, all over, and in the black?
Why Stop at junker cars?
For health care reform, open wide and look to Minnesota.
To: Fritz Henderson, Chief Executive, GMSergio Marchionne, Chief Executive, Chrysler
To: Maybe-Senator Norm Coleman, Maybe-Senator Al Franken
An animated block of wood teaches us lessons in how not to invest.
To: Commissioner of Internal Revenue Douglas Shulman
To: Minnesota Senator Ann RestMinnesota Representative Laura Brod
To: G. Richard Wagoner, CEO, General Motors Corporation;Robert L. Nardelli, CEO, Chrysler, LLC;Alan R. Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company
To: The Honorable Henry Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury
People and corporations both establish complicated, and in many cases, “fictional” headquarters or domiciles entirely for the purpose of reducing taxes. It has always and will always be that way.