Politics
December 5

Bemidji Democrat holds on to win state House recount

Persell will be chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee.
East Metro
November 28
Marylee Abrams

Maplewood recount breaks tie in favor of City Council incumbent

The tied race, which was set to be decided by a coin flip, was broken after election judges found Marylee Abrams five votes ahead.
Politics
November 27
Christine Giroux exits the voting booth at Transit Town Hall, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Minnesota voters held the nation’s top spot for voter participa

Minnesota remains top in the nation for voter participation

It's the second straight election that the state has earned the honor.
Politics
November 25
Former Vice President Walter Mondale said in an interview that, about five months ago, he urged Sen. Amy Klobuchar, shown on election night, to run fo

Fresh from win, Klobuchar swept up in presidential speculation

It hasn't been a month since Election Day, but Democrats are starting to search for an opponent to President Donald Trump in two years.
Politics
November 24
Sen. Amy Klobuchar arrived at the Intercontinental Hotel for Tuesday night's DFL headquarters election party in St. Paul.

How Amy Klobuchar fared in Trump country

Much of the buzz surrounding Sen. Amy Klobuchar's presidential chances in 2020 stems from her performance in parts of Minnesota where other Democrats running for statewide office have struggled. Here is a look at how Klobuchar outperformed Gov.-elect Tim Walz and U.S. Sen. Tina Smith in precincts won by President Donald Trump in 2016.
Politics
November 24
Dean Phillips, left, and Angie Craig flipped suburban House seats, but Craig faced a more closely divided district.

Narrow loss in suburban Second District shows GOP's national headwinds

Exit polling in the Second District by St. Olaf political scientist Christopher Chapp and his students illustrates Republicans' 2018 problems.
Politics
November 24

Analysis: Trump's fortunes are at odds with GOP's future

Yes, the GOP added to its narrow Senate majority. But the Trump-centric strategy backfired spectacularly in the race for House control.
Business
November 24
With the DFL gaining control of the Minnesota House and retaining the governorship, many expect to hear debate about the state’s energy in the upcom

DFL election wins could mean pressure on state's renewable-energy goals

Minnesota has met many set 11 years ago, but other states have grown more aggressive.
Politics
November 23
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Emmer takes lead role in rebuilding effort by U.S. House Republicans

Sixth District congressman has ascended rapidly in national politics since 2015.
West Metro
November 21
Hennepin County Sheriff-Elect Dave “Hutch” Hutchinson, right, pictured with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey during a victory news conference Nov. 7,

Hennepin County Sheriff-elect Dave Hutchinson names transition team

Outgoing Sheriff Rich Stanek decided against a recount this week.
East Metro
November 21

Maplewood election tie broken by coin flip, heads to recount

City Council incumbent Marylee Abrams and challenger Nikki Villavicencio found themselves each with 5,755 votes.
West Metro
November 20
The race for Hennepin County sheriff pitted challenger Dave Hutchinson, left, against incumbent Rich Stanek.

Hennepin County Sheriff Stanek decides against a recount

Dave Hutchinson, who will take office Jan. 8, said he would announce his transition team Wednesday morning.
Politics
November 20
Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan, Gov.-elect Tim Walz, and his wife, Gwen, arrived at the State Capitol.

Two months, 22 commissioners: Countdown for Walz's transition

Walz will be sworn in Jan. 7 in a transition that will be unique in Minnesota's history: Since the formation of the DFL Party in 1944, a DFL candidate has never won an election following another DFL governor.
Politics
November 17
President Donald Trump greeted now-U.S. Rep.-elect Jim Hagedorn on the stage of Trump's rally in Rochester in October.

Looking ahead to 2020, will Minn. be a tossup state?

Despite DFL sweep, parties expecting another pitched battle in Minnesota.
Local
November 17
DFL gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz was congratulated by supporters on election night as he headed to delivery his victory speech.

Minnesota business community reckons with GOP losses, empowered Democrats in St. Paul

Initiatives opposed by many in business community are within reach for state DFLers.
Politics
November 17
John Persell and Matt Bliss will have to wait until Nov. 27, when the state Canvassing Board will certify District 5A results.

Recount likely for Bemidji House seat

While candidates for Minnesota's 133 other state House seats have election results, in House District 5A the tension has not let up.
Politics
November 17
Sen. Tina Smith gave her acceptance speech election night at the DFL headquarters election party in St. Paul.

Sen. Tina Smith asks for donations to help Democrat in Florida recount

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota is asking her supporters to chip in to help fellow Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson pay for the recount…
Politics
November 17
A line forms outside a polling site on election day in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Again, election exposes flaws in patchwork system

The U.S. election grid this month remained a crazy patchwork of inconveniences, confusion and errors, both human-made and mechanical.
Politics
November 16
Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan said the creation of the transition advisory board is part of her commitment to bringing a wider range of voices into th

Peggy Flanagan, lieutenant governor to be, takes lead role in Tim Walz transition

Flanagan's first priority is creating a board that will influence hiring and budget development.
West Metro
November 14
Dave Hutchinson, left, is Hennepin County sheriff-elect, but Rich Stanek has seven days to ask for a recount.

Hennepin County sheriff-elect retains law firm in case of recount

Outgoing Sheriff Rich Stanek has seven days to ask for a recount.