Minnesotans need to know where to go before heading to today's precinct caucuses.
ST. PAUL -- Americans may board commercial airlines for two more years with state identification cards that do not meet new federal guidelines. The federal Department of Homeland Security announced Friday it will not require Real ID-compliant cards until Jan. 22, 2018. However, states making progress to distribute the enhanced IDs could request extensions until Oct. 1, 2020, when everyone would be required to use Real ID cards or another form of ID such as passports.
ST. PAUL -- Two of Minnesota's most powerful politicians verbally dueled today over whether a special legislative session is needed to help unemployed miners, blacks who face financial problems and Minnesotans who fly commercial airliners. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt disputed each other's grasp of the facts and even what they said to each other.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's population grew somewhat slower than the national average in the past year, but three times faster than Midwestern states overall. The U.S. Census Bureau released new population estimates Tuesday, showing Minnesota with 5,489,594 residents on July 1, compared to 5,457,125 a year earlier. That is a 0.6 percent growth for the year, as national growth was 0.8 percent and Midwestern states reported a 0.2 percent increase.
ST. PAUL - The FBI is investigating a Minnesotan who faces federal terrorism charges to see if he was in contact with the couple involved in last week's San Bernardino, Calif., terror attack before he turned himself in to Somali authorities.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton appointed his office's chief lawyer to run Minnesota government's largest agency. Emily Johnson Piper takes the commissioner's post at the Human Services Department next week, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith announced Monday.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's budget surplus has ballooned to $1.9 billion, state officials announced Thursday morning. The surplus, more than double what lawmakers had when they finished work in June, drops to $1.2 billion when $665 million is allocated to reserves and to make payments required by state law.
MINNEAPOLIS - Police early today cleared out demonstrators who had occupied area around a police station for 18 days in protest of an officer's shooting of a young black man. Orders to leave were given to protesters at 4 a.m., and police in helmets moved them across the street from the 4th Precinct station as they began loading protesters' tents and other items into city dump trucks.
ST. PAUL — Far more youths in the United States can name an "American Idol" judge than the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice (John Roberts). Many youths cannot name one of the three branches of the federal government (executive, legislative and judicial). Not many know what we call the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution (Bill of Rights).
ST. PAUL - Schools, government offices and some businesses closed early, Twin Cities commuters frequently slid to a halt and snow sculptures were created in many parts of the Upper Midwest on Monday as the first widespread winter storm of the season hit. Some places could receive up to a foot of snow by the end of today, forecasters predicted.