The Minnesota Daily

All content by Keelia Moeller

MN plan against gun violence needs work

August 29, 2016

A new and timely method of gun control has gained prominence in Minnesota, and even Chicago’s police force is looking to our city for ideas. Obviously, gun violence is an enormous issue in the U.S. But...

Truckers tackle human trafficking

July 20, 2016

A new organization combatting sex trafficking is giving an entirely new meaning to the words “truck stop.” Truckers Against Trafficking has recruited nearly 250,000 truck drivers committed...

Remember America’s immigrant beginnings

June 29, 2016

As if the hateful rhetoric of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump wasn’t enough for undocumented immigrants in the United States, another threat looms.  Last week’s 4-4 tied vote in the...

Put a stop to inhumane pet shops

June 15, 2016

Yet another pet store with unhealthy conditions for animals was unearthed last week — and this one’s a little too close to home. After inspection, Har Mar Pet in St. Paul was discovered to...

Take rape on campus seriously

June 8, 2016

A sexual assault case at Stanford University has fueled an already heated debate about rape at college campuses. Such an issue is undeniably prevalent and hasn’t been dealt with appropriately by...

Blue-green algae a result of climate change

June 1, 2016

This has been a difficult year for water safety in Minnesota, from potential lead poisoning to underreported water toxicity. As  if there wasn’t enough to worry about already, another concern...

Anti-Islam profiling still pervades society

May 3, 2016

I  am sad to say that racial and religious profiling is still alive in well in Minnesota, particularly for Somali communities.     The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the...

Save lives on the road, add patrols

May 2, 2016

Traffic deaths in Minnesota are troublingly high this year, and fatalities have already totaled 100 since January. There were 411 deaths in all of 2015. Judging by the 2016 fatality rate, Minnesota is...

Don’t make bathrooms a tool for politics

April 26, 2016

Target took a controversial stand on transgender bathroom policies last week by welcoming shoppers to use whichever bathroom or fitting room matches the gender with which they identify.      Target’s...

Value drivers’ lives above liberty

April 25, 2016

Implied consent laws — or the laws that determine whether it’s constitutional to test the blood alcohol content of suspected drunk drivers — are currently under fire in Minnesota and...

Keep the South Loop accessible

April 18, 2016

Most people associate Bloomington, Minn., with the Mall of America, which means they’ll associate it with giant parking lots stuffed with avid shoppers.      However, Bloomington has...

Defend the planet, not corporate interests

April 12, 2016

Last week, the Keystone Pipeline leaked nearly 16,800 gallons — or 400 barrels’ worth — of oil into a South Dakota field. TransCanada Corporation’s first estimate for the incident’s...

Fight to make flying comfortable

April 11, 2016

Last Thursday, the United States Senate refused to uphold an amendment that would have kept airlines from reducing seat width, padding and leg room.      Over the past few years, both the...

Speak out against higher tuition rates

April 5, 2016

Compared to other Big Ten universities, the University of Minnesota’s out-of-state tuition rates fall at the bottom of the price range. In an effort to make tuition prices more competitive, the University’s...

Keep abortion as a right for all

April 4, 2016

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration updated rules for taking Mifeprex, an abortion-inducing drug. Women who need the pill can now take it in lower dosages than before.      Mifeprex...

Keep lethal force as officers’ last resort

March 29, 2016

A recent MPR News study illustrated the number of police cases which end without officers resorting to the use of lethal force. This study illustrates how the majority of police encounters don’t...

Focus on job creation this year

March 28, 2016

This February, Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained well below the national average of 4.9 percent, holding steady at 3.7 percent.      Minnesota’s success story is largely...

Integrate to close the wage gap

March 24, 2016

As the feminist movement continues to advance, the wage gap and the role of gender in the workplace are more and more important topics of conversation.      Women typically receive 79 percent...

Plastic garbage overwhelms our planet

March 23, 2016

People are still overusing plastic to the point that it has become a serious environmental concern. From bottles to bags and caps, we’re using too much — and we need to develop sustainable...

Virtual reality can’t replace what’s real

March 8, 2016

The availability of virtual reality devices is on the rise in the Twin Cities, and marketers are beginning to think about how to use the technology to connect with people.     Proponents say...

Raise animals kindly or not at all

March 7, 2016

Minnesota is notorious for having some of the worst puppy mills in the country. Last year marked the third time the Humane Society of the United States placed Detroit Lakes business Renner’s Kennels...

Full-figured models are not unhealthy

March 1, 2016

Full-figured models have finally gained the public attention they deserve. Sports Illustrated recently put Ashley Graham — a size 16, plus-size model — on the cover of its swimsuit issue.     In...

NDSU acts to target prejudice

February 29, 2016

Dean Bresciani, president of North Dakota State University, recently discovered what he deemed “troubling” lyrics in the third stanza of the school’s song, which included culturally...

Apple should defend people, not privacy

February 23, 2016

Recent events have revealed there are more important things at stake than personal privacy when it comes to the advanced encryption of Apple devices.      Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife...

Poaching still threatens wolves

February 22, 2016

Minnesota needs to step up and protect its wolves. The federal government currently considers the gray wolf a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act. This means the species will...

Police cameras protect citizens’ rights

February 16, 2016

Last June, an Eden Prairie, Minn., police officer shot an unarmed motorcyclist he was pursuing in a high-speed car chase.     The 21-year-old motorcyclist was fleeing the officer at about 3...

How safe is your drinking water?

February 15, 2016

According to the Department of Health, tests run by the Environmental Health Division on Minnesota drinking water have underreported the level of contaminants in it for the past 20 years.     Although...

Caroline’s Cart pushes people forward

February 9, 2016

Ramps, elevators, wheelchairs and electric scooters all make life more accessible for those who have physical disabilities. But when it comes to improving accessibility and making everyday tasks a little...

Exercise matters more than fat

February 8, 2016

Recently some workplace wellness programs have led employers to monitor the health and fitness levels of their employees. This would be beneficial if employers weren’t using BMI, or body mass index,...

Health care shows troubling bias

February 2, 2016

Medication or surgery is still financially out of reach for many transgender people hoping to undergo the transition into the sex with which they identify.     Sex reassignment surgery is something...

Be safe while using Craigslist

February 1, 2016

Craigslist is a website used for anything from selling cars to looking for roommates. While the site’s do-it-all nature is undeniably useful, the safety risks involved with using it are bigger than...

Beware of natural foods, unnatural labels

January 27, 2016

The dieting industry seems to be losing more and more popularity, according to MPR News. Lean Cuisine’s frozen food sales have dropped 15 percent between 2014 and 2015, and diet pill sales have dropped...

Think twice before you post online

January 25, 2016

About 100 protesters gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest on Martin Luther King Day to peacefully draw attention to the recent deaths of Marcus Golden and Jamar Clark, who were both fatally shot by...

Paris climate talks won’t fix everything

January 18, 2016

It’s been more than a week since the climate change agreement in Paris, where representatives of nearly 200 countries voluntarily gathered and pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.     The...

School violence could be history

December 14, 2015

Last Friday marked the 27th time this year that a student has attacked a teacher in Ramsey County.    A Central High School student reportedly threw a science teacher into a wall before choking...

New treatment brings new hope

December 10, 2015

Health officials in Minnesota recently decided to add intractable pain to the list of conditions that qualify a person for a medical marijuana prescription. This change will take effect in August.    Intractable...

Hospital diets impact patients’ emotions

December 7, 2015

Come New Year’s Day, Allina Health clinics in Minnesota will no longer sell fast food or soda within their buildings. The group manages 13 hospitals and more than 90 clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin....

Don’t play games with others’ cultures

December 3, 2015

The University of North Dakota recently changed its team name from the Fighting Sioux to the Fighting Hawks.    Voters picked the new name through an online vote in mid-November. The “Fighting...

Banning all refugees is not a solution

November 24, 2015

There has been a lot of talk lately, particularly among Republican governors, about completely disallowing Syrian refugees to enter the United States. In fact, more than two dozen GOP governors have expressed...

New lawmakers have fresh ideas

November 9, 2015

Peggy Flanagan was recently elected into the Minnesota House. As a member of the White Earth Band of the Ojibwe, she joins only 10 people of color out of 201 legislators in the Minnesota House and Senate.    This...

Capitol’s paintings should go

October 21, 2015

A  controversy has emerged in Minnesota regarding the offensive portrayal of American Indians in paintings displayed at the state capitol. The capitol building began renovation back in 2013 —...

‘Wheels for Wishes’ misleads donors

October 20, 2015

The nonprofit car donation organization Wheels for Wishes was recently unearthed as a misleading scam — and not entirely a nonprofit one at that.    The company advertises that any cars...

Transitional housing helps Anoka youth

October 14, 2015

The Coon Rapids City Council  recently approved a proposed transitional housing project for homeless youth.   The idea stemmed from Anoka-based Hope 4 Youth, an organization that simply couldn’t...

Payday lending is out of control

October 12, 2015

In a ruling last Wednesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court maintained the constitutionality of Minnesota’s out-of-state lending law. The lawsuit, filed by Minnesota Attorney   General Lori Swanson,...

Marathon protest just misses the mark

October 7, 2015

Members of Black Lives Matter held a peaceful protest Sunday at the Twin Cities Marathon.    Prior to the race, Rashad Turner — the leader of Black Lives Matter St. Paul —...

Minn. labels BB guns “firearms”

October 5, 2015

The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently convicted David Lee Haywood for possession of a “firearm.” However, the firearm he had in his possession was not what you would expect. Due to a previous...

Vikings install lactation suites in stadium

September 28, 2015

The Minnesota Vikings franchise is making a statement by becoming the first in the National Football League to include Mamava Lactation Suites in its stadiums.   These suites are designed for nursing...

Prejudice just hasn’t gone away

September 21, 2015

Last Monday, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade clock to school, hoping to receive some praise from his teachers. The aspiring engineer had fashioned the clock from a pencil case.   He was...

We need to tell modern immigrants’ stories

September 14, 2015

Immigration politics have lit up televisions and filled newsfeeds a great deal in recent months — even more so with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spewing his extremist standpoints...

We can help the Science Museum

September 9, 2015

The Science Museum of Minnesota recently lost a legal battle regarding water damage to its popular, $100 million building. As a result, the museum must secure the $26 million needed to fix said damage. The...

Facebook’s recognition software worrying

August 5, 2015

For those of you who upload photos onto Facebook and marvel at the fact that your computer miraculously knows whom to tag in them, understand that this knowledge isn’t from pure luck of the draw.   Facebook...

Klobuchar aims to export to Cuba

July 22, 2015

There has been, and still is, a great deal of political tension between the United States and Cuba. It wasnâÄôt until December 17, 2014, that the two countries reopened diplomatic relations with...

Dayton’s pay raises threaten DFL

July 8, 2015

Gov. Mark Dayton sent the Republicans (and some members of his own party) into an uproar after giving big raises to his cabinet last Wednesday.   Some of Dayton’s commissioners received raises...

Idea of indefinite lockup needs revision

June 24, 2015

In the past few weeks, several concerns regarding the constitutionality of a few specific laws and programs in Minnesota have come under scrutiny.    For one, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank...

Jenner’s story only one of many

June 10, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, debuted on the cover of Vanity Fair last week. The words “Call me Caitlyn,” scrawled across the cover page, became an immense source of debate all over...

Dayton’s veto threat emblematic

May 27, 2015

Gov. Mark Dayton’s frustration with Republicans became clear last week Tuesday when he announced he would veto an education bill they favored.    Dayton has been strongly lobbying House...

Cancer screening for all is vital

May 7, 2015

One of the most common reasons women don’t get screened for breast cancer is because there are no convenient places to do so near them. With more than 17 million  American women living in rural...

Hacking of Pearson shows testing flaws

April 27, 2015

Last week, the annual Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or MCAs, were disrupted by computer glitches and intentional attacks on the exam provider’s system.    Minnesota currently has...

MN addresses workplace bullying

April 20, 2015

After three years of development, Minnesota has finally laid out a new set of rules regarding bullying in the workplace, becoming the 21st state in the United States to enforce a Healthy Workplace Bill.    Some...

Graphic labels could curb smoking

April 13, 2015

Smoking — It’s a habit that affects people all over the globe and an addiction that we as a nation continually struggle with.   The two main things I hear people say to smokers are that...

Sexual conduct laws need many reforms

April 6, 2015

In September 2014, John Robert Lind, a man from Blaine, was charged with criminal sexual conduct after admitting to ejaculating into his co-worker’s coffee on multiple occasions.   Lind said...

Uber protests have precedent

April 2, 2015

Uber, a ride-sharing business that has been in the Twin Cities since October 2012, is protesting a proposed bill that would require its drivers to have additional insurance coverage.    To be...

Entrance fee increase is essential to keep state parks healthy

March 30, 2015

Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources has asked lawmakers to raise entrance fees to state parks in order to keep their services at current levels. In response, Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed...

Dayton’s universal Pre-K plan is beneficial

March 25, 2015

After watching some 4- and 5-year-olds at Newport Elementary School successfully search their preschool classroom for the letter “S,” Gov. Mark Dayton emphasized just how important it is for...

Ice falling from semi calls for a bill

March 11, 2015

Last Tuesday, a man driving westbound on Highway 36 in Roseville was hit by a large sheet of ice that flew off the top of a semitruck in front of him. The sheet of ice hit the man’s windshield directly,...

Arizona civics test sets a good example for other states

March 9, 2015

Arizona recently became the first state to require high school students to take and pass a civics test before their graduation — the same civics test that’s given to immigrants who aspire to...

Teens shouldn’t decide alone

March 5, 2015

A 17-year-old girl from Connecticut was recently forced into chemotherapy against her will. The girl, identified only as Cassandra, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Doctors caught the disease...

MN should help cover obesity treatments

February 23, 2015

The Affordable Care Act, known better as “ObamaCare,” has implemented yet another measure of health care reform. As of the beginning of 2015, Americans will have the option to switch over to...

Alan Page: More than just a football legend

February 16, 2015

After 22 years on the Minnesota Supreme Court, Alan Page will soon hit the mandatory retirement age of 70. Page began his journey to success in the NFL, playing for 15 years and becoming the first defensive...

Earned sick days an obvious bill to pass

February 9, 2015

Americans seem to possess a mindset that considers any form of idleness lazy. Taking paid sick days might not appeal to them because they do not wish to take advantage of the system. While this mindset...

Lynch’s views irk Republicans

February 5, 2015

Loretta Lynch is currently running for attorney general, making history as the first African-American woman to be nominated for the position. Last Wednesday, Lynch announced her support of President Barack...

After long delay, the MN Orchestra is back to play

February 2, 2015

After months of turmoil, the Minnesota Orchestra’s recent announcement that it will play Carnegie Hall this spring hints the ensemble is back on its feet. The orchestra ended its 2012-2013 musical...

Kill switches finally mandated

January 28, 2015

This year, an operational “kill switch” will become a standard feature on cellular devices from leading cellular companies such as Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft. All of these companies...

Republicans are against reform

January 21, 2015

President Barack Obama’s recent executive order regarding immigration reform has been a relief to the majority of the United States’ undocumented immigrant population. Unfortunately, House...

Minnesota needs more solar power

December 9, 2014

Minneapolis has made leaps and bounds in regard to renewable energy in the past few years, ranging from Xcel Energy’s hydroelectric plant to the Climate Change Grants awarded to companies wishing...

Holiday season shouldn’t be manipulated

December 4, 2014

These winter months have become some of our favorite days that many of us have come to call “the holidays.” We begin blasting our favorite holiday music, preparing our stomachs for a few feasts...

Reality shows’ exploitation is worrisome

November 19, 2014

TLC’s unfortunately popular reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was recently canceled because of June “Mama June” Shannon’s decision to rekindle an old flame. Shannon’s...

Importance of the arts is overlooked

November 11, 2014

The importance of arts education has been fading in Minnesota public schools. However, art and music departments serve as vital emotional and academic stepping stones for children throughout their educations. Visual...

Recycling still a practical solution

November 3, 2014

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report on Sunday suggesting that major reductions in emissions are necessary in order to avoid further negative consequences of human-caused climate...

Prevalence of ride-sharing is a good sign

October 28, 2014

The ability to travel by car without actually purchasing a vehicle is an attractive concept for many. Ride-sharing precludes the need to own a car and pay for all of the added expenses attributable to...

Rising child cellphone use concerning

October 23, 2014

As technology continues to advance, children are accessing new innovations at younger ages. More and more children seem to be receiving cellphones at an impressionable age when texting and downloading...

Biodiesel fuel superior to ethanol

October 22, 2014

Recent innovations have led to the creation of biofuels, which are made of biomass materials and create less air pollution than typical gasoline. While biofuels are more expensive to produce than fossil...

Minnesota needs death-with-dignity laws

October 14, 2014

Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard recently took control of her life by deciding when to end it. She’s spending her last days as an advocate for Death-With-Dignity, a nonprofit advocacy group...

Killer whales are not for our exploitation

October 8, 2014

Controversies surrounding the captivity of large aquatic animals have captured public attention over the past few years. The documentary “Blackfish,” released in 2013, focuses on animal welfare...

Fracking not as safe as claimed

October 2, 2014

The United States has employed numerous means to harvest natural gases from the earth. Until recently, fracking may have been the most overlooked. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process...

Keystone XL a disaster waiting to happen

September 24, 2014

TransCanada, a Canadian energy company, has proposed extending the Keystone Pipeline, a 2,000-mile oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. The pipeline carries tar sands across the...

Climate march won’t yield results

September 17, 2014

On Sept. 21, New York City will host one of the largest efforts to increase public awareness of climate change. The People’s Climate March intends to parade with historically large numbers through...

Active learning improves academic achievement

September 11, 2014

As technological advances progress, handwritten class notes are slowly but surely losing popularity. However, students’ dependence on technology may actually decrease the degree to which they retain...

DREAM Act has room for improvement

September 4, 2014

It’s been more than a year since Gov. Mark Dayton passed the Minnesota’s DREAM Act, which allows undocumented students residing in the state to apply for financial aid. By filing an application,...