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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
Wild stay unbeaten at home, trip up Maple Leafs
Section 5A could be dogfight as postseason looms
WCT daily schedule
Ridgewater takes two on Crossover's first day
Willmar riding win streak into postseason
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
As 2017 looms, time to review your Medicare coverage
Live it! Q&A: Taking a holistic approach to medicine
The prairie chicken is featured on Northland Outdoors TV
Fast food influence kids' soda and calorie choices
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Alveda B. Myhre
Lorraine M. Essler
Arnold "Arnie" Muench
Fran Hussong letter: Ahmann is part of the problem
Gene Schneider letter: Asmus is clear choice in Ward 2
Marlys Schafer letter: Don't vote for self-interest groups
Kent Syverson letter: Keep the 19th Amendment
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September 29, 2016
Senate approves funding bill to avert government shutdown
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate approved a stop-gap funding bill to avert a looming federal government shutdown on Wednesday after Republicans and Democrats agreed to help Flint, Michigan, resolve its drinking water crisis. Lawmakers voted 72-26 to adopt the short-term continuing...
September 29, 2016 - 11:32am
June 17, 2016
Editorial: Legislative leaders are failing Minnesotans
The leaders of Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton are no closer to an agreement on bonding, tax and transportation bills than they were...
June 17, 2016 - 6:00am
May 31, 2016
Candidates file for Minnesota House, Senate seats
WILLMAR — The following candidates have filed for seats in the Legislature representing area districts, according to information available Tuesday evening from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website. Filing for state office closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Any candidate may withdraw...
May 31, 2016 - 11:34pm
May 12, 2016
Minnesota senators toss bill legalizing online fantasy sports
ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators tossed legislation legalizing online fantasy sports out of bounds Thursday, perhaps keeping it on the sidelines this year. "Once you pass this, you give it legal standing," Senate Tax Chairman Rod Skoe, D-Clearbrook, said as his committee appeared to...
May 12, 2016 - 12:04pm
May 5, 2016
Minnesota Senate Republicans defeat $1.5B public works bill
ST. PAUL - Senate Republicans beat back Democratic attempts to pass a $1.5 billion public works bill Thursday, leaving in doubt one of the main issues for the Minnesota Legislature. The 40-26 vote fell one short of the needed three-fifths majority. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk,...
May 5, 2016 - 3:37pm
May 4, 2016
Minnesota Senate shoots down gun cell phone cases
ST. PAUL — Young Minnesotans may think mobile telephone cases that look like guns are fun, but state legislators are close to banning them....
May 4, 2016 - 11:06pm
Outdoors projects receive Minnesota Senate OK
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators approved spending $158 million Tuesday, with little discussion, for outdoors projects. The votes came on a $112 million plan that mostly buys land to preserve prairies, forests, wetlands and wildlife habitat and a $46 million bill that focuses on a variety...
May 4, 2016 - 5:30am
May 2, 2016
Nearly $1 billion separates Minnesota legislators on public works funding
ST. PAUL -- House and Senate leaders are far apart about how much to spend on public works projects. Nearly $1 billion apart. Minnesota Democratic...
May 2, 2016 - 5:45pm
A look at bonding bill divisions
ST. PAUL -- Here is a list of how Minnesota Democratic senators would spend public works money, followed by Gov. Mark Dayton's previously announced plan: $160 million, University of Minnesota ($153.2 million recommended by governor)$139 million, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities...
May 2, 2016 - 5:36pm
Minnesota Senate has $1.5B bonding wish list
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Democratic senators want to borrow nearly $1 billion more for public works projects than House Republicans and slightly more than the governor. Even so, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer, said his $1.5 billion legislation falls far short of the $5.2 billion state and...
May 2, 2016 - 11:13am
April 28, 2016
Highlights of Senate budget bill
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators passed a bill Thursday tweaking a $42 billion, two-year budget they approved a year ago, sending the changes to negotiations with the House and governor. Here are some highlights of Democratic senators' proposed changes for the next year: $91 million...
April 28, 2016 - 6:01pm
February 17, 2016
Letter: Politics and the Supreme Court
Last Saturday morning, America learned that Justice Antonin Scalia was dead. About one hour later, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that any nominee put forward by President Obama to take Justice Scalia’s place on the Court would not be confirmed during...
February 17, 2016 - 3:00am
January 10, 2016
CAPITOL CHATTER: Controversial Senate building opens
ST. PAUL — Rep. Jim Knoblach sat at the front of Room 1200 in the new Minnesota Senate Building Thursday, co-chairman of the first legislative committee ever to meet there. The St. Cloud Republican’s position was full of irony. He had sued to keep the state from building the facility...
January 10, 2016 - 11:07pm
November 12, 2015
Minnesota GOP senators don’t want offices in new building
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Senate Republicans refuse to move into a nearly complete $90 million building they say is a waste of money. Senate Minority...
November 12, 2015 - 11:00pm
September 5, 2015
Capitol Chatter: Lawmakers pay ‘making out’ fines
ST. PAUL — Two Republican Minnesota House members accused of “making out” in a suburban Twin Cities’ park decided they will pay fines instead of challenging them in court after the incident that gained international publicity.
September 5, 2015 - 12:34am