CROSBY, Minn.—U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., said Friday he's not thinking of running for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated when Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigns. Following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him, Franken announced Thursday he would resign. "Senator Franken has determined that he can no longer effectively represent the people of Minnesota," Nolan said in a statement Thursday. "He has done the right thing for Minnesota and our nation by stepping down."
BRAINERD, Minn.—Somalis in Minnesota often find themselves misunderstood, but one young refugee hopes to help change that.
EAST GULL LAKE—Matt Dean won the Minnesota governor straw poll among a gathering of Republicans Saturday, Dec. 2. A "straw poll" in politics refers to a poll taken among the attendees to a particular event. In this case, it was the delegates to the Minnesota Republican Party's State Central Committee, who attended a gathering at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake. More than 300 of them voted on who they preferred for governor.
Six Republican Party candidates for governor spoke in front of a standing-room-only audience Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, and many of them echoed President Donald Trump in their remarks to fellow Republicans. Matt Dean, Keith Downey, Jeff Johnson, Phillip Parrish, David Osmek and Mary Giuliani Stephens all got the chance to introduce themselves early in the GOP primary season to an audience in a county where more than 62 percent of voters supported Trump.
BRAINERD, Minn. — All families may experience some sort of conflict when their members interact with each other, but that moment doesn't have to be at Thanksgiving, when the mood is supposed to be one of love and grace.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka has made a political career out of being a pinch hitter for Republicans in Minnesota and likely owes much of his success to a key character attribute. Gazelka, 58, holds fundamental beliefs, but tries not to let them obstruct the path to getting things done in St. Paul. First steps His initiation in politics was his first run for office in 2004, when he ran to replace Minnesota Rep. Dale Walz. Gazelka said Walz, a Republican from Brainerd, asked him to run in his stead.
NISSWA, Minn. — Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka commented Friday, Nov. 12, he didn't think it likely new sexual harassment allegations against more state senators would surface. Gazelka, a Republican from Fairview Township, was reacting to the sexual harassment allegations against Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, which came to light Wednesday. Sexual harassment at the Capitol was something all lawmakers should fight against, regardless of political party, he said.
Janet Baril knows a lot about her brother Donald Baer's time in the U.S. Army before and during the Korean War. She knows what unit he was in: K Company, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. She knows his prewar assignment: guarding the ammunition dump at Camp Mower, Sasebo, Japan. She knows what day he went to Korea: July 2, 1950.
CROSBY, Minn. — Former Crosby mayor Jim Hunter was fined and given a cease and desist order by the state in October. Hunter, who was charged with felony assault and theft by swindle earlier this year, resigned his position as mayor in August. The charges stem from a con Hunter allegedly ran involving the sale of his business, Buy Sell Trade in Crosby.
BRAINERD, Minn.—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans an unprecedented dragnet of staff this deer opener weekend in north-central Minnesota to catch signs of chronic wasting disease. The effort follows the discovery of a CWD-positive deer at a deer farm in Merrifield last year. The contagious disease involves harmful prions, or infectious agents, attaching themselves to a deer's central nervous system, causing lesions to form on the brain. The disease is terminal, with death occurring anywhere from several days to a year later.