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April 19, 2017
U.S. Sen.  Al Franken. File photo by Eric Hylden / Forum News Service
Franken says new farm bill should address dairy struggles
April 19, 2017 - 1:13pm
April 14, 2017
The Minnesota Capitol building normally is busy this time of year, but on Friday, April 14, 2017, throngs of lobbyists, lawmakers and special interest groups were gone, leaving this view of a normally full meeting room in the foreground and cafe in the background. The Legislature returns from its Passover-Easter break Tuesday, April 18. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Capitol Chatter: Administration argues money during legislative break
April 14, 2017 - 1:46pm
April 5, 2017
"It's always difficult to recruit based on their impressions of what it's like living beyond the Twin Cities or big cities," said Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, seen here in this file photo. "So, we need to do all we can to have those folks that are ready and willing to come out where they'll find that living is great." Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota House, governor support $14 million to train rural doctors
April 5, 2017 - 4:24pm
U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R) arrive at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
More talks but no decisions on Republican push to overhaul healthcare
April 5, 2017 - 8:43am
April 3, 2017
Bruce M. Kleven, a Minneapolis lawyer, is a lobbyist for about 18 farm-related groups and companies in the Minnesota State Legislature. Photo taken March 15, 2017, at St. Paul at the Midwest Poultry Federation annual meeting and trade show in St. Paul, Minn. 
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Ag lobbyist's focus turns to health care
April 3, 2017 - 7:00pm
Health care and health insurance resources
April 3, 2017 - 11:30am
Troy Scherr, co-owner of Sayler Implement, an independent John Deere dealership with locations in Linton and Wishek, N.D., says health insurance costs have gotten more and more expensive, making it harder on the business to attract and retain employees. (Katie Pinke/Agweek)
'Something needs to be done' as farmers face soaring health care costs
April 3, 2017 - 11:30am
Agweek Editorial: Rural America needs health care solutions
April 3, 2017 - 9:00am
April 2, 2017
From left: Jean Bender, David Bender, 30, and his personal assistant Lisa Struss take a walk around his block in St. Paul, Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  Bender receives Medicaid payments which provides for some of his assistant's funding. Scott Takushi / St. Paul Pioneer Press
Medicaid coverage for elderly, disabled Minnesotans makes up 20 percent of enrollment, 60 percent of state spending on program
April 2, 2017 - 10:27pm
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)(L) gets into a vehicle with U.S. President Donald Trump before departing the White House in Washington, April 2, 2017. REUTERS / Joshua Roberts
Trump talks health care with Republican critic on golf course
April 2, 2017 - 12:45pm
April 1, 2017
From left: Jean Bender, David Bender, 30, and his personal assistant Lisa Struss take a walk around his block in St. Paul, Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  Bender receives Medicaid payments which provides for some of his assistant's funding. Scott Takushi / St. Paul Pioneer Press
The true costs of care
April 1, 2017 - 6:44pm
March 31, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

Minnesota Farmers Union is conducting 15 listening sessions around the state over a two-week period to hear agriculture and other rural concerns. The information gathered will be shared with Gov. Mark Dayton as well.
Farmers speak out in Willmar, message to be carried to Gov. Dayton
March 31, 2017 - 6:35am
March 25, 2017
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Tax Committee, said House Republicans plan to begin moving on tax reform this spring and to pass legislation before Congress goes on a summer recess in late July. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
With health care bill dead, Republicans turn to taxes
March 25, 2017 - 12:32pm
Midwest Opinion: A workable path to bipartisan health care reform
March 25, 2017 - 7:57am
March 22, 2017
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton complains on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, that Republicans who control the Legislature are considering shifting too much money away from needs such as education and health care. Don Davis / Forum News Serviceplay button
Tax breaks, spending, buffers all in a day's debate
March 22, 2017 - 5:50pm