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All content by Jared Rogers-Martin

(Potential) life on Mars is nothing new

September 30, 2015

On the same day Pope Francis told Congress about his heavenly inclinations, the folks at NASA sent out a press release regarding inclinations about one of their own celestial mysteries: the possibility...

Census shows black income now in red

September 24, 2015

Remember when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported a significant drop in the population of walleye in Lake Mille Lacs and caused Gov. Mark Dayton to propose a special legislative session...

Tortoise and hare — in space

September 17, 2015

In a fiery streak, a hunk of metal scorched across the sky and landed in Kazakhstan to shatter a world record.    Upon touching the Earth’s soil, cosmonaut Gennady Padalka had surpassed...

Take the rice, stop the pipeline

September 8, 2015

Normally, I’d be flummoxed by an attempt to connect harvesting wild rice without a permit to concerns about environmental conservation — but as it turns out, all you need to connect one to...

Low walleye numbers end season

August 5, 2015

One fish, two fish. Red fish … no fish. The fishermen and resort owners around Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake have met the limit for the number of walleye that can be caught this season.   With...

PBR buys its way into craft beer market

July 22, 2015

I had just 10 minutes until my chance to purchase alcohol would be up and tomorrow would become a shameful drought. I was to host a Sunday, pre-Vikings game barbeque, and friends from out of town expected...

Where have all of the spaceships gone?

July 8, 2015

After nine long, lonely years, the New Horizons spacecraft will flutter its camera eyes open next week and beam pictures of the dwarf planet Pluto back to Earth.   While these pictures will be stellar,...

FIFA corruption scandal erupts

June 3, 2015

Once during a youth soccer game, I slid in from behind for a tackle on a kid and broke his leg. I’d be lying if I said the dirty slide was entirely an accident, but my coach quickly pulled me off...

Boxing is losing out in the fight for its life

May 6, 2015

The words “Fight of the Century” whipped from my lips as I helped my significant other catch up on 80 years of boxing history. We approached a bar on the West Bank, which advertised a viewing...

DIY video game makers hit corporate wall

April 30, 2015

Once upon a time (10 years ago, in my basement), a young boy could only put down his Nintendo 64 controller to pick up a controller for his PlayStation. One day, he told his mom, “I want to be a...

Marijuana policy may lead to job trouble

April 22, 2015

Marijuana culture coughs out dramatic clouds of irony. The substance, deemed illegal, appears in most every form of entertainment and even touched the lungs of our current president. Yet law enforcement...

Macalester went solar, and so should the U

April 20, 2015

At some point, roughly 13.82 billion years ago, a spontaneous bang or omnipotent entity fluffed a cloud of explosive hydrogen. Over four billion years ago this cloud began to burn with a sweltering heat....

New apps helpful but threaten professionals

April 15, 2015

Like shadows on the cave wall, the age of social media wants to illuminate the true reality of other people’s lives.    Periscope and Meerkat — the two latest social media apps dueling...

Minimum wage increase limited in scope

April 9, 2015

Minneapolis has the fifth-lowest unemployment rate of the major cities in the United States, but that doesnâÄôt mean that our city doesnâÄôt need more labor advocacy. In her latest State...

Big business: America’s new influential lobbyists

April 6, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence quickly learned that he’ll need more than a bandage amendment to heal the economic fallout over the state’s new religious freedom law after businesses issued threats...

The real cost of just ‘one more stadium’

March 31, 2015

The question, “Should I have just one more drink?” can be the difference between actually showing up to the sloppily made brunch plans from the night before and quivering in a bed wet...

Oppression in the form of a breakfast sandwhich

March 30, 2015

Wake up, America: McDonald’s might soon issue a state of emergency and regulate your breakfast habits. At least, that’s what a new Taco Bell ad suggests is going to happen. In Taco Bell’s...

Students start to leave city

March 26, 2015

With the seasons changing, birds and other migratory animals slowly return to their luscious lakefront properties in Minneapolis. However, one type of animal is demonstrating its choice not to return to...

Cookies may be useful but aren’t private

March 12, 2015

Cookies are ominous. The confectioner’s sugary sweets might tack on unwanted calories to the unsuspecting snacker, but a digital third-party cookie covertly tracks information and inconspicuously...

‘Turkey Flu’ deaths rise, raises question of avian vaccinations

March 9, 2015

Visions of the coming spring are slowly waking the hibernating residents of the Twin Cities. Soon we can safely venture outside and stretch our limbs. If the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and...

Lessons to be learned from Spock

March 2, 2015

The death of “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy last week coincidentally occurred at a pivotal time in U.S. foreign policy history. Empty-handed, Secretary of State John Kerry approaches the United...

The time is right for freshman sports proposal

February 25, 2015

Football and basketball players account for less than 19 percent of the athletes in the NCAA, but this small demographic makes up more than 80 percent of the NCAA’s academic infractions. The upper...

Push to educate younger college students

February 23, 2015

Pick any of the three: an apple, a blackboard or a one-room schoolhouse. No matter which you chose you’ve found an age-old icon for a traditional K-12 education. These outdated views toward the classroom...

Park Board should reconsider its stance on bridge project

February 16, 2015

A marquee fight is shaping up in the local Minneapolis government over a $1.6 billion prize: connecting the Green Line light rail to southwest Minneapolis. The Minnesota Parks and Recreation Board threw...

Legalize sports betting? You bet!

February 12, 2015

If you are a sports fan, you might be a criminal. While sports fans won’t ever find their faces plastered on a wanted poster, they have engaged in an estimated $400 billion criminal industry: picking...

Time to make a case for interns

February 11, 2015

While I was studying at a coffee shop, a man sat down next to me. His three-piece suit and smile suggested a career in sales. But instead of selling a product, he actually interviewed a seemingly endless...

UMD misses chance to support equality

February 2, 2015

Simply seeing a $6 million budget deficit could make anyone gulp nervously, so I can only imagine the size of the knot that swells in University of Minnesota-Duluth Chancellor Lendley Black’s throat...

Liberal arts are still liberal, aren’t they?

January 29, 2015

On the first day of the semester, some observant students and faculty may have noticed the new website design for the University of Minnesota. Some of the University’s colleges also took the opportunity...

Mixed messages arise in new crime report

January 22, 2015

Last Thursday, the Minneapolis Police Department held a press conference to release the crime report for 2014. The report, presented by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janeé...