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'I knew it was him': Minnesotan was first responder on scene of crash that killed teen son
Willmar Police ask for public's help identifying theft suspects
Two arrested with 117 grams of meth, $1,700 during Minn. traffic stop
Feds find MNsure tech vulnerabilities, but state says they are fixed
Independent study film focuses on immigrant students
The Lynx look for one more win for the WNBA crown
WCT Sports Show: Cardinal boys soccer team onto state
Indians blank Jays to book trip to World Series
Prep Football: KMS stuns Browerville on the road
Vikings' Sam Bradford returns to Philadelphia to face Carson Wentz
Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
'Wayside School' opens tonight at The Barn
Rolling Stones to release new album in December
Lady Gaga to perfom Super Bowl halftime show
Meander weekend features celebration of art, community
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Live it! Q&A: Taking a holistic approach to medicine
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Fast food influence kids' soda and calorie choices
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June 29, 2016
Veterans claim one legislative victory with pension exemption
WILLMAR -- Lost amidst all of the talk about the unfinished business of the recent legislative session is one very big accomplishment for veterans....
June 29, 2016 - 12:00am
June 15, 2016
Unfunded school mandates questioned
NEW LONDON — Unfunded mandates for all districts and special grants for select school districts that were approved this legislative session...
June 15, 2016 - 11:46pm
May 27, 2016
District 16 legislators urge special session
GRANITE FALLS — A new tax bill reduces the burden on farmland for school building projects, takes some of the sting out of the statewide general...
May 27, 2016 - 12:20am
May 24, 2016
Dayton doubts transportation funding
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton is not confident that transportation funding legislation could pass if he calls a special legislative session to...
May 24, 2016 - 11:06pm
Minnesota awmakers lament about session woes
ST. PAUL — Perhaps library lobbyist Elaine Keefe put it best: “The 2016 legislative session has ended with very mixed results.” After every...
May 24, 2016 - 10:59pm
May 16, 2016
Education advocates watch final deal-making with growing disappointment
ST. PAUL -- Educators had high hopes this would be the year the Minnesota Legislature would begin to address what many consider to be longstanding unfairness in the way public schools are funded. Yet, despite lawmakers having a $900 million budget surplus to work with, most education...
May 16, 2016 - 12:00am
May 14, 2016
Legislators fight back as overdose deaths rise
ST. PAUL — Minnesota drug overdose deaths have jumped four-fold since 2000, the Minnesota Health Department reported Friday as state legislators...
May 14, 2016 - 11:14am
May 11, 2016
Drake’s law heads over to Gov. Dayton
ST. PAUL -- Senators unanimously voted Wednesday to increase some criminal vehicular homicide penalties. The action comes after the House also made the decision without opposition to establish a 15-year maximum prison term for people convicted of criminal vehicle homicide after also...
May 11, 2016 - 11:58pm
May 10, 2016
Quick Prince protection bill appears in Legislature
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators are hurrying to protect Prince's name, voice and likeness less than three weeks after the state's most famous...
May 10, 2016 - 5:30am
Deal-making so far called ‘constructive, not productive’
ST. PAUL -- The annual Minnesota Capitol deal-making dance began on a rainy Monday afternoon in Gov. Mark Dayton’s Summit Avenue mansion. Inside the official residence, Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, the deputy and assistant Senate majority leaders,...
May 10, 2016 - 5:30am
May 5, 2016
Bill that would increase DWI punishment advances in Minnesota House
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House unanimously backed a bill Wednesday to increase punishment for drunken drivers charged with a vehicular homicide...
May 5, 2016 - 8:31am
March 24, 2016
Bill would limit transgender bathroom use to biological sex
ST. PAUL -- Transgender people should be legally forced to use bathrooms associated with their biological sex, a group of Minnesota Republican lawmakers proposed Wednesday. The bill declares that a “person’s right of privacy” should trump any “claim of nontraditional (gender)...
March 24, 2016 - 5:30am
March 16, 2016
Buffer change passes committee
ST. PAUL — Changes in Minnesota's year-old law requiring vegetative buffers received approval of a Senate committee Wednesday. Over objections of environmental groups, a Senate agriculture committee on a split voice vote moved Sen. Rod Skoe’s bill to extend until 2025 the time...
March 16, 2016 - 11:20pm
State legislators to revisit ‘buffer strip’ law
ST. PAUL — A key water-quality initiative of Gov. Mark Dayton last year — vegetative buffer strips along streams and drainage ditches — is returning for an encore performance at the Capitol in St. Paul this week. On Wednesday, a Senate committee will hold a hearing on a series...
March 16, 2016 - 5:30am
March 14, 2016
Greater Minnesota eyes transportation funding debate
ST. PAUL — Greater Minnesota has lots at stake in a legislative transportation funding debate. Senate Democrats said Monday that it is not...
March 14, 2016 - 11:37pm