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KASSON, Minn. - Two weekly newspapers in southeastern Minnesota have kicked off a “save the newspaper” campaign, asking readers to help them survive in tumultuous times for print media.
Minnesota senators on Thursday, April 25, passed a GOP-sponsored measure that would cut the Minnesota Historical Society’s budget for using a Dakota people’s name to identify the site of Historic Fort Snelling. The fort is located at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers; the Dakota people called the site “Bdote.” To identify the location, the Historical Society recently added the words “at Bdote” to temporary signs welcoming visitors to the fort.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republican senators strengthened their grip on the chamber’s majority Wednesday, Feb. 13, when newly elected Jason Rarick, of Pine City, was sworn into office after winning a special election to a vacant seat last week. Rarick, a third-term state representative, won the seat vacated by Democrat Tony Lourey, who stepped down in January after Gov. Tim Walz appointed him to his cabinet.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s six African-American state legislators on Wednesday, Feb. 6, announced the formation of the first United Black Legislative Caucus as part of Black History Month in the state. The new group “will enable us to elevate and advocate for the pressing issues our black communities face every single day,” DFL Rep. Rena Moran of St. Paul, the chair of the new caucus, said at a Capitol news conference.
ST. PAUL — Former Vice President Walter Mondale thinks U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar not only will run for president but that she will be a much better candidate than he was when he lost his race for the White House. Mondale was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984 when he lost in a landslide to Republican incumbent Ronald Reagan. He carried only his home state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia.
ST. PAUL -- “Find Your True North.” That’s Minnesota’s new tourism marketing campaign slogan. What do you think of it? John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office, announced the new marketing campaign Monday, Feb. 4, at the start of a three-day tourism industry conference at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Duane Benson, a southeastern Minnesota farm boy, who grew up to become a state legislative leader, business executive and professional football player, died Saturday, Jan. 26, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Benson, 73, of Lanesboro passed away at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester Methodist Hospital campus. He served in the Minnesota Senate from 1981 through 1994, the last six of those years as the Republican minority leader.
ST. PAUL - Eight Minnesota Democrats had already announced they intended to run for the U.S. Senate in 2000 on the day Mark Dayton walked through the state Capitol press room and casually told reporters he was joining the race. There was no fanfare. No campaign banners. No fiery speech with cheering supporters as a backdrop.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic state Rep. Melissa Hortman’s rise to the top rungs of political power in Minnesota has been a sometimes-bumpy but persistent climb grounded on her family’s religious values and her youthful dreams. Hortman, 48, an eight-term lawmaker from Brooklyn Park, will be elected speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, the second-most-powerful office in state government, when the 2019 Legislature convenes on Jan. 8.
ST. PAUL — Here’s what you need to know about Minnesota’s roads and bridges as the Legislature prepares to start another debate on how they are paid for: