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ST. PAUL — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s tax filings came under scrutiny Friday, June 7, after Minnesota campaign finance investigators revealed she had filed jointly with a man to whom she wasn’t legally married for two consecutive years before she took elected office. The revelation was seized on by some conservative media outlets and social media pundits, who said the situation was tantamount to tax fraud — a charge Omar denied.
ST. PAUL - A bid to fully ban wolf hunting in Minnesota appears to have fallen short of reaching the desk of Gov. Tim Walz, who had indicated he likely would have signed it. The development became clear Wednesday and Thursday, when state lawmakers from both parties presented a compromise agreement on natural resources and environmental policy that left out the ban, which had passed the Democratic-majority House by one vote in a bit of a surprise victory for those pushing for the ban.
Amy Klobuchar’s toughest questioning on live national TV Wednesday evening came early and focused on the economy. Minnesota’s senior U.S.
Starting Aug. 1, Minnesota’s new hands-free cell phone bill will take effect. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is scheduled to go live on Facebook at 2:30 p.m.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz for the first time Wednesday, May 1, said he would support a ban on wolf hunting, signaling an apparent reversal in state policy and providing a key ally for those opposed to the practice. Walz, himself a hunter of birds and other game, even described wolf hunting as “sport hunting,” a term frequently used by hunting opponents.
MINNEAPOLIS - In a case of nomenclature whiplash, the Minnesota House Tuesday approved renaming Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to Bde Maka Ska. Again. Perhaps surprisingly, there was no debate on the idea, which touches on a range of passions, including American Indian heritage and the legacy of slavery, but also political correctness and historical revisionism.
ST. PAUL — By a one-vote margin, the Minnesota House on Tuesday, April 30, voted to ban hunting of wolves — a victory for wolf protectionists hoping to gird against the Trump administration’s plan to remove protections for the iconic animal. A ban on wolf hunting would be a reversal for Minnesota — the only state in the Lower 48 where the animals were never eradicated and the first to adopt a hunting season when it became legal again several years ago.
ST. PAUL — It’s 2019. High school teachers shouldn’t be having sex with students, police shouldn’t be able to say the prisoner in handcuffs wanted it, and a man shouldn’t be able to say he’s innocent of rape just because the victim is his wife. Oh, and you shouldn’t be excused from anti-groping laws just because you confined your grab to clothed buttocks. That’s the philosophy of Minnesota lawmakers who are moving ahead with a number of measures that would change what are widely seen as antiquated state laws surrounding sexual assault and sexual misconduct.
ST. PAUL -- On Saturday, April 27, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will wake up around 3:45 a.m., don camouflage clothes, and try to shoot a wild turkey. Not just for himself, but to draw attention to wild turkey hunting, a springtime pursuit that’s at once comical and addictive. Making good on a campaign promise, Walz is holding the state’s first “governor’s turkey hunting opener” in the vein of the long-standing Governor’s Fishing Opener, the Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener inaugurated by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener started by Gov. Mark Dayton.
ST. PAUL — Two fishing rods per angler, or one? It’s a perennial question in Minnesota, and one that might spark heated disagreement in the otherwise-friendly confines of a boat. And it’s back — even with a partisan flavor. On Tuesday, April 23, the Republican-controlled state Senate voted to allow anglers to use two lines while fishing, while the Democratic-controlled House seems unlikely to agree.