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Clarence Shallbetter Former Citizens League staffer Valuable 1969 report urges Minneapolis to merge positions of mayor, City Council president January 15, 2021 Paul Ostrow Former City Council President Minneapolis voters must be given right to choose more effective, accountable, transparent form of city government January 8, 2021 Lyndon Carlson 48-year legislator Legislature works best when both sides of aisle communicate effectively, incorporate each other's ideas November 20, 2020 Rebecca Bergman & Paul Cerkvenik Gustavus Adolphus College President & Minnesota Private College Council President Minnesota's private colleges see changes due to COVID-19; some might become permanent November 6, 2020 Bob Kill Enterprise Minnesota Minnesota's manufacturing businesses--large and small--critical to state, local economies October 16, 2020 Ted Kolderie Might John Brandl be pleased with way Minnesota's public education is evolving? October 2, 2020 Reed Anfinson Small-town newspaper publisher Small-town newspaper publisher Reed Anfinson: Community newspapers are a public good; we must work to save them September 25, 2020 Kevin Paap Minnesota Farm Bureau Pandemic, new farm technology underscore need for rural broadband access September 11, 2020 Lynn Casey & Peter Frosch Itasca Project & GREATER MSP Minnesota business community must renew focus on racial equity, listen to unheard voices August 28, 2020 Julie Ring Association of Minnesota Counties How can we use this time of disruption--both COVID-19 and demands for racial equity--to disrupt how counties do things? August 21, 2020 Bruce Nustad Minnesota Retailers Association Minnesota's diverse retail sector will innovate, adapt to meet COVID-19 challenge July 31, 2020 Doug Loon Minnesota Chamber COVID-19 recovery will differ across state business sectors; workforce is state's biggest challenge July 10, 2020 Joe Mahon Minneapolis Fed Additional unemployment benefits a major boon; new tool to aid state and local governments June 26, 2020 Mark Haveman Fiscal expert Fiscal impact of pandemic on state and local governments largely unknown, making long-range planning difficult June 19, 2020 Louis Johnston Economics Professor Current pandemic recession differs from typical recession, needs different policy response June 12, 2020 Kim Wyman Washington Secretary of State State's gradual move to vote-by-mail elections has increased turnout without higher cost May 15, 2020 Steve Simon Minnesota Secretary of State Mail-in voting needed in Minnesota's current health emergency and democracy emergency April 24, 2020 Dave Durenberger & Ben Schierer Minnesota's future is at the local level March 27, 2020