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by / on March 3, 2015 at 7:50 pm / in Business, Local, National, News, Politics, State/Region

Minnesota House bill would help agriculture exports to Cuba

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Seeking to fan agriculture exports to Cuba, a Minnesota House panel took initial steps Tuesday to spend state money on promoting the shipment of goods to the island nation amid improving relations with the United States. The bipartisan bill that the House Agriculture Finance Committee kept in the budget mix would designate $100,000 to promote […]

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by / on February 24, 2015 at 8:11 pm / in Local, Main Menu, News, Politics, State/Region

Minnesota’s child-protection system to strengthen

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Minnesota House lawmakers have voted to make the state’s child-protection system stronger throughout the state. Bill author Rep. Ron Kresha says it’s the first step in reforming the system in Minnesota. The Little Falls Republican plans to recommend further changes later this session. Minnesota legislators passed a new bill on Monday that would reverse a law preventing social workers from considering past reports of child […]

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by / on February 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm / in Politics, Top Stories

Governor Dayton Salary Bill Approved By House; Senate Vote Next

(Photo by Andrew VonBank) An agreement was reached yesterday between Governor Mark Dayton and several legislative leaders over the potential raises to members of Dayton’s cabinet. Approved by a vote of 106 to 21 on February 19th by the Minnesota House of Representatives the bill now returns to the state Senate.  It had previously passed through the Senate on February […]

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by / on February 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm / in Business, Local, News, Politics, State/Region

Sunday funday?

ST. CLOUD, Minn.- Representative Jenifer Loon has proposed a bill that would lift the ban on Sunday Liquor sales in Minnesota. The proposal may seem long overdue to some, considering Minnesota is one of only 12 states that still has the ban. All surrounding states have lifted the ban, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, which has liquor […]

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by / on February 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm / in News, Politics, State/Region

Minnesota political parties plan caucuses early

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Minnesota’s Democratic and Republican parties have scheduled next year’s precinct     caucuses for March 1, which is when party activists will be able to cast their 2016 presidential preference votes. The parties jointly informed the Minnesota secretary of state of their plans Monday. Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey said shifting the caucuses from their traditional February window […]

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by / on December 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm / in Featured Stories, Local, Main Menu, News, Politics, State/Region

Dayton’s cabinet loses another

  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The departure of a top state finance official is triggering a shakeup in Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter will step down for a job in the private sector, the governor announced Wednesday. The state’s top tax official, Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans, will take Schowalter’s spot. His […]

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by / on November 5, 2014 at 8:09 pm / in Featured Stories, Main Menu, News, Politics, State/Region, Top Stories

Tom Emmer wins Bachmann’s empty seat

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – Republican Tom Emmer has won the congressional seat being vacated by Michele Bachmann. Emmer defeated Democrat and Sartell Mayor Joe Perske and law student John Denney of the Independence Party. Emmer, who lost a close race for governor in 2010 to Mark Dayton, was seen as a shoo-in for Minnesota’s only congressional seat after he easily […]

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by / on November 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm / in Featured Stories, Local, Main Menu, National, News, Politics, Top Stories

Tough night for Minnesota Republicans

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)- Minnesota Republicans are looking to regroup after several stinging losses Tuesday. On a banner night for the GOP nationwide, Minnesota candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate barely mustered a fight against Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken and lost tight U.S. House races that had looked promising. They did, however, regain control of the […]

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by / on November 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm / in Featured Stories, Local, Main Menu, National, News, Politics, Top Stories

Franken wins re-election

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn – Six years ago, a funnyman, writer and Saturday Night Live alum ran for Senate against former Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. It took three months to decide a winner, as Coleman fought the result, a 312 vote difference, as long as he could. This time around, Franken only had to wait a matter of minutes, as Franken was […]

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by / on October 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm / in Featured Stories, Local, Main Menu, News, Politics, State/Region

Election day around the corner

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Inside a week to Election Day, the campaign pace is quickening with both Democrats and Republicans barnstorming Minnesota for votes. Democrats led by Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken were launching their six-day bus tour Wednesday. They were setting off from St. Paul and using the first day to blitz through southern Minnesota. Jeff Johnson, […]

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