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Math, reading scores stall in latest round of Minnesota testing
Man arrested after high-speed chase in Minnesota, pleads guilty to killing woman in Michigan
Motorist hits 115 mph as he leads trooper on I-94 chase
Former Willmar teacher charged for allegedly striking student
Willmar Municipal Utilities struggles to stockpile coal
Vikings extend contract of head coach Mike Zimmer
Freeman's four hits, five RBIs fuel Braves' 9-7 win
Towns embracing Minnesota as home
Peterson helping teammates set sights on Super Bowl
Stingers can't catch Express
Small town Lake Lillian gears up for big time production
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Swanson — Winther
Schmidt -- Danielson
Lang -- Nieman
Frye -- Birkland
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Anita "Ricky" Hoyt
Harvey Lee Peterson
Harry E. Lindbloom
Audrey O. Forkrud
Will: The path ahead for Hillary Clinton
Commentary: For Trump to Lose, GOP must let Clinton win
Commentary: Trump: Seeking victory through fear
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Commentary: Ted Cruz holds his nose
April 25, 2014
Medical marijuana bill advanced by Minnesota Senate panel
ST. PAUL -- A state Senate committee advanced a bill to legalize medical marijuana on a 7-3 vote Friday morning.
April 25, 2014 - 11:29am
April 9, 2014
Senate approves $9.50 minimum wage
ST. PAUL — Supporters of raising the state minimum wage say a bill senators passed Wednesday would boost 357,000 Minnesotans’ pay. The measure that passed 35-31 would raise the wage floor to $9.50 an hour at large businesses in three years. The Democratic-controlled House is...
April 9, 2014 - 11:02pm
April 7, 2014
Senate votes to extend jobless benefits, faces divided House
WASHINGTON — The Democratic-led U.S. Senate passed a bill on Monday to restore expired jobless benefits for 2.4 million Americans who have been out of work for at least six months. President Barack Obama responded by urging the Republican-led House of Representatives to give the...
April 7, 2014 - 11:20pm
March 20, 2014
Senate GOP stops tax-cut bill
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers edged closer to passing millions of dollars in tax cuts today, then ran into a brick wall when Republicans rejected...
March 20, 2014 - 11:05pm
March 5, 2014
Dayton has big lead, Franken a slimmer one in poll of Minn. voters
Gov. Mark Dayton has a double-digit lead over each of his potential Republican challengers in his bid for re-election this fall, while U.S. Sen. Al Franken leads his rivals by smaller margins, according to a poll by KSTP and Survey USA. Former House GOP Minority Leader...
March 5, 2014 - 10:00am
February 4, 2014
Senate passes long-overdue farm bill and sends to president
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval on Tuesday to a farm bill, costing an estimated $956 billion over a decade, that trims food stamps for the poor, expands federal crop insurance and ends direct payments to farmers, and sent it to President Obama for...
February 4, 2014 - 11:14pm
Senate approves farm bill, president expected to sign it
WASHINGTON - The Senate gave final congressional approval on Tuesday to a nearly $1 trillion farm bill that trims food stamps for the poor, expands...
February 4, 2014 - 2:31pm
January 28, 2014
Former Sen. Charles Berg of Chokio dies
CHOKIO, Minn. — During his 30 years at the Minnesota Capitol, former state Sen. Charlie Berg was known as a maverick and one of the more colorful,...
January 28, 2014 - 9:50pm
January 7, 2014
Renewal of jobless benefits clears Senate hurdle
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House-backed bill to renew jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans narrowly cleared a U.S. Senate Republican procedural roadblock on Tuesday. On a largely party-line vote of 60-37 - 60 were needed to prevail - the Democratic-led Senate agreed to...
January 7, 2014 - 11:49am
November 10, 2013
Raising minimum wage expected to be on legislative agenda
WILLMAR — When the Minnesota legislature adjourned this spring, there was a $1.75-an-hour minimum wage gap left behind that lawmakers are expected to bridge when they reconvene in February. A financial difference of less than two dollars may not seem like much, but when it comes...
November 10, 2013 - 11:10pm
October 16, 2013
Senator: Deal to avoid default and open government
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government...
October 16, 2013 - 11:47am
October 9, 2013
Former U.S. senator, anchorman Rod Grams dies
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. senator Rod Grams, a popular TV anchorman who went on to become the most conservative politician ever...
October 9, 2013 - 11:22am
September 30, 2013
Minn. Senate committee to vote today on Brodkorb settlement deal
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A committee of the Minnesota Senate is meeting to vote on a $30,000 lawsuit settlement for an ex-aide who was fired after revelations of his affair with the majority leader. The Senate Rules and Administration Committee, made up of the chamber's most prominent...
September 30, 2013 - 8:00am
July 16, 2013
Senate steps back from brink in nominations fight
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate stepped away from the brink of a meltdown on Tuesday, clearing the way for confirmation of several of President Barack Obama's nominees long blocked by Republicans, agreeing to quick action on unnamed others and finessing a Democratic threat to overturn...
July 16, 2013 - 3:49pm
Sen. Reid says filibuster showdown may be averted
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators moved toward resolving their feud over Republican filibusters of White House appointees on Tuesday, hoping to avoid a Senate rules change by Democrats that would worsen the partisanship already troubling the chamber.
July 16, 2013 - 11:02am