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The U.S. Senate race between DFL incumbent Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden has drawn donations from across the country. Altogether, Franken has raised $18.4 million and McFadden has pulled in $6.5 million. The maps below show the states and Minnesota zip codes of people who gave more than $200 to either campaign.
Among the most expensive state House races, Republicans took most to win the majority.
Once a leader in preventing Medicaid theft, Minnesota now lags in prosecuting fraudulent home-care workers.
Nearly 450,000 voters — about a quarter of the electorate — chose one party’s candidate for a state House seat, but then switched to pick a different party’s candidate for U.S. Senate or governor.
In record numbers for a midterm election, Minnesotans are using absentee ballot and mail voting to cement their choices well before most polls open.
Both candidates have drawn major sums from far beyond Minnesota.
Johnson equals Dayton’s $2M haul this year; totals mount for House races.
Group at Moose Lake center aims to elect up to eight offenders to city and county positions.
Analysis also shows more early votes from Democratic areas.
So far, only about one-third of absentee ballots have come from areas that lean heavily Republican.
Jan. 20, 2013: Murderous 'monster' acquires an arsenal, exposing loopholes in laws, background checks
The Oberender case exposes loopholes in national gun laws and Minnesota's background checks.
Minnesota students showed little overall improvement in reading, math or science, according to the latest batch of results from statewide, standardized tests taken by nearly 500,000 elementary and high school students this spring.
Gubernatorial and House races so far haven’t been affected by national financiers like in the past.
Control of the Minnesota House has changed parties three times in the past five elections and could alter again this year.
GOP leader acknowledges underfunding, but says it will energize his party.
The race between Democrat Will Morgan of Burnsville and Republican Roz Peterson of Lakeville is one of a cluster of seats that will bear the brunt of an epic multimillion-dollar fight to determine control of the House.
The Hennepin County commissioner successfully broadened his campaign for governor well beyond his home district, placing first or second in 63 of 87 counties.
The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of premiums on patient care.
Lack of early votes from GOP bastions could presage a low turnout for Tuesday's Minnesota gubernatorial primary.
Hopeful for governor spending his own money has as much cash as three rivals combined.
The state’s suspension of refunds for small-dollar contributions is seen as one of the primary reasons.
GOP campaigns are amassing millions of dollars to influence the gubernatorial election.
“We are probably going to need to raise a million bucks to win the primary,” candidate for governor Jeff Johnson said.
Courts shredded restrictions on giving, and now big-dollar donors are free to give as much as they want to Minnesota’s parties and political action committees ahead of this year's elections.
Those who drive without a driver's license may get thrown in jail. But thousands of them just get behind the wheel again.
First report of doctor payments offers insights into care patterns.
Most Minnesota schools still have a lot of work to do to cut the disparity between white and minority students’ proficiency in reading and math in half by 2017, according to new data released by the state Department of Education.
Math scores also dip but educators cautioned the scores aren’t easily comparable to last year.
Some House members who voted in favor of Minnesota’s marriage equality law have at least doubled the cash they raised in 2011.
The Star Tribune's analysis turned up $20 million in problems. Regulators found an additional $6 million in an extra year of digging.
More than half of $53 million spent in state in recent years came from just three dozen sources. Among the DFL heavyweights are Alida Messinger, above.
Across Minnesota, help for the acutely mentally ill often means the ER — or jail.
Legislators demand donation records be made accurate and transparent.
At least 35 inmates have committed suicide in Minnesota’s county jails since 2000 — nearly a third of them with known psychiatric problems. Another 27 inmates killed themselves in state prisons.
Across Minnesota, judges, attorneys and sheriffs describe a system that, in effect, criminalizes the mentally ill because of backlogs in the state commitment process and a shortage of psychiatric beds.
Database errors worth as much as $20 million over past decade make it difficult to track flow of donations.
The state Department of Human Services acted after the Star Tribune presented it with the names of 294 actively licensed nurses who have convictions, ranging from criminal sexual conduct to assault to fraud, that by law would appear to disqualify them from working with patients.
A Star Tribune analysis shows campaign spending for House and Senate seats have doubled over the past decade, making Minnesota GOP Chairman Keith Downey, above, a living example of what can happen.
The much-hyped and addictive games will rake in $358 million this year; some worry they hurt the poor.
Three complaints led to the ban by a state board, which faced questions about discipline process.
Minnesota's medical board doesn't provide access to malpractice awards and other records that are readily available in other states.
When care providers take too many children, dangers multiply. Several sites of child-care deaths had been cited for capacity violations.
More Minnesota children are dying in day care, mostly at in-home providers.
In some Minnesota cities, often for a fee, prosecutors let lead-footed motorists keep their records clean.
Lawmakers propose bills that would increase access to adverse actions against doctors.
Despite lawsuits and loss of surgical privileges, one doctor wasn't suspended until he failed to accept supervision.
The state is pursuing waiver from No Child Left Behind, but lagging schools must still comply with what some call unfair sanctions.
Teachers say the new state exam was much more rigorous. Reading scores were more encouraging.
About 40 percent of Minnesota convicts who are let go from prison on supervised release either run from authorities or commit new crimes, a Star Tribune analysis of state corrections data shows.
U.S. Bancorp of Minneapolis, TCF Financial Corp. of Wayzata, Home Federal Savings Bank of Rochester, Stearns Bank of St. Cloud and Highland Bank of St. Michael borrowed directly from the Fed's emergency-lending tool.
125 businesses got subsidies tied to job creation but didn't deliver.
Criminals often lie to get into the debt collections industry. Despite a Minnesota law, rapists thieves and other offenders are cleared to work as collectors -- with access to financial data.
You committed no crime, but an officer is knocking on your door. More Minnesotans are surprised to find themselves being locked up over debts.
A Minnesota nurse's possible ties to the suicide of a young Canadian woman may test the reach of the law online.
You can join in the puzzling over scribbles and ovals and arrows.
THE BILLION-DOLLAR CAMPAIGN: Minnesota's biggest political givers have concerns about money in politics, but donate anyway.
New registrations are skyrocketing in Minnesota. An analysis of the numbers would appear to reflect an apparent edge for the Democrats, particularly at the presidential level.
Congress wraps up debate on the $280 billion package with the usual goal of reform, but observers expect to see little change.
In Wright County, reckless speculation and the mortgage meltdown have turned subdivisions into virtual ghost towns.
The Illinois senator brought in five times as much money as Clinton and three times as much as McCain.
And the winners are ... Barack Obama and Ron Paul.
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