Dayton, legislators push for changes in solitary confinement

December 10
Dayton, legislators push for changes in solitary confinement
Gov. Dayton, legislators want to expand mental health care for prisoners.

Miles Lord, a pivotal judge in Minnesota history, dies at 97

December 10
Miles Lord, a pivotal judge in Minnesota history, dies at 97
Miles W. Lord, a former federal judge whose withering criticism of corporate abuses and forceful rulings in favor of women, minorities, workers and consumers, antiwar protesters and the environment gained him a national reputation, died Saturday.
South Metro
December 10

Union retirees rally outside Kline's office over pension issue

Congressman's pension reform bill has been tabled, but retirees say they're still concerned.
Business
December 10
Appliance supervisor Doug Whitfield takes a phone call at JCPenney in...

Is the middle class disappearing? Maybe not

Income for Americans in the middle rose at a modest but steady rate over the past 40 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. And prices for consumer goods have dropped.
Local
December 10

U.S. House hearing finds federal government overdosing on secrecy

The number of new classified records fell to a record low in 2014, before rising somewhat last year.
Politics
December 10
Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by House Democratic Caucus Chair...

Democrats contemplate their future in a time of Trump

WASHINGTON – It was a blunt, plain-spoken set of senators who gathered Monday at the Washington home of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., dining on…
Politics
December 10

Donald Trump's hardest and easiest campaign promises

President-elect Donald Trump made many sweeping promises on his way to victory on Election Day. After he is sworn in on Jan. 20, here are…
Politics
December 10

Council that will set state lawmakers' pay is a big draw

Minnesotans, it seems, really want to decide how much their state lawmakers are paid. Despite the lack of organized campaigns for or against a proposal…
World
December 10
The United States has had a long-standing struggle to collect reliable intelligence on President Vladimir Putin and those closest to him.

Russia intervened in election to help Trump, CIA officials say

In a secret assessment shared with key senators, CIA briefers said it was now "quite clear" that electing Trump was Russia's goal, the Washington Post reported, citing officials.
Politics
December 9

Trump team's questions for Energy Dept. raise concerns

The Trump transition team has a list of 74 questions, asking agency officials to identify which employees and contractors have worked on an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut carbon output.
Politics
December 9

Trump's election could affect Minnesota's search to fill two federal judge vacancies

The election of Donald Trump has introduced fresh uncertainty into the effort to fill two judicial vacancies in Minnesota, leaving the possibility that the state’s…
Business
December 9
MNsure's website and phone lines were busy early Tuesday as the open enrollment period began for 2017.

Vendors pitch MNsure on website upgrades

Amid uncertainty, the state health insurance exchange wants to improve the online experience for shoppers.
National
December 9

Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.
Politics
December 9

Group urges Trump to divest from private business

Six days before Donald Trump is set to announce a plan to exit operations of his company, former Republican officials and a conservative author who…
Stage & Arts
December 9

Over Dayton's objections, Civil War paintings to stay displayed at Capitol

Despite Gov. Mark Dayton’s objections, six massive paintings depicting Minnesota soldiers in Civil War battles will be rehung in the Governor’s Reception Room and anteroom…
Business
December 8

Minnesota AG sues Volkswagen over tampered vehicles

The suit follows a $11.5 million fraud settlement that the state reached with the automaker.
Business
December 8

DFL avoids copper-nickel mining fight — for now

Election losses spark a call for unity over contentious copper-nickel mining issue.
World
December 8
Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota speaks during a press conference wi...

Klobuchar, Emmer urge Trump to keep Obama's Cuba policies

The Minnesotans are among congressional leaders hoping to forestall a reversal of progress in U.S.-Cuban relations over the last two years.
Local
December 8
Ron Latz, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee listened to testi...

Minnesota Legislature will likely take on e-mail deletion rules

County's plan to delete e-mails after 30 or 180 days weakens transparency, some say.
Business
December 8
Andy Puzder is a successful businessman who is an outspoken critic of worker protections enacted by the Obama administration.

Trump's pick for Labor Dept. is Hardee's chief, wage critic Andrew Puzder

Andrew Puzder has spent his career in the private sector and has opposed efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay, arguing that the minimum wage hurts small businesses and leads to job loss among low-skilled workers.
Business
December 8

Auto industry braces for makeover under Trump

Any policy changes will influence types of vehicles planned in coming years.
Politics
December 8

Sen. Franken gets a Trump chia, Klobuchar gets a moose mug in Senate gift exchange

Franken's Senate Santa gift exchange had 59 senators participating in exchanging gifts -- in a mostly bipartisan fashion.