In a sign that the Democratic governor and the Republicans who control the Legislature can get along, Gov. Mark Dayton Monday announced that he had reached an agreement on alternative teacher licensure.
"The definition of compromise is a final solution in which neither party gets everything it wants," Dayton wrote in a letter to the House and Senate education committee chairs. "It is vitally important that we continue to work together so that we continue to move forward with the important work ahead of us."
Both Republicans and Dayton saw the ability to reach agreement on the teaching program, which would allow non-traditional teachers into classrooms, as an important sign that bipartisan agreement was possible. When Democrats controlled the Legislature and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty pushed the idea of alternative licenses they could not find accord.
Although this year's politicians were able to agree on the controversial policy piece, there are few signs of agreement on the state's looming deficit.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
Charlotte police released dramatic video Saturday that shows officers with guns drawn surrounding a black man with his hands at his side before shots are fired and he buckles and falls. It's unclear if there was anything in the man's hands in the footage, which has done little to assuage his relatives.
With Shannon Brooks healthy, Rodney Smith continuing his roll and Mitch Leidner moving better than he has in two years, the Gophers used a potent running attack to defeat Colorado State 31-24 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.