Duluth
September 10, 2019
Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers during the season opener against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago.

Wis. senator again tries to end Packers blackout on Minnesota border

Twelve counties near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border broadcast the Vikings when the teams' games coincide.
Local
September 9, 2019
Rep. Collin Peterson

Gun debate back front and center as Congress returns today

Minnesota's 10-member congressional delegation splits predictably along party lines over guns, with Rep. Collin Peterson the notable exception.
Business
September 9, 2019
Monday was Claudine Vogel’s first day at Aurelius Manufacturing, which employs 75 people in Braham, Minn.

Skilled labor remains big issue for Minnesota employers

Roughly 92% of private Minnesota employers in a recent poll reported difficulty filling some or all salaried and hourly craft positions. The figure was well above the national average of 80%.
Local
September 9, 2019
"I think we are turning a page and hopefully the problems we had for over a decade are behind us," state Rep. Frank Hornstein said Monday, Sept. 9, as

Legislators: 'We have turned the corner' on troubled MNLARS system

Legislators hope MNLARS replacement can reduce wait times, mistakes.
Local
September 9, 2019
Mason jars for an informal kernel poll of presidential candidates at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Aug. 9. The crowded and divided Democratic c

As parties court small-dollar donors, undecided Democrats back multiple candidates

Macey Meyer never considered herself the type to donate to a presidential campaign. Then she watched the first Democratic presidential primary debates. The 26-year-old restaurant…
Politics
September 8, 2019
Muskegon County Commissioner Rillastine Wilkins in front of her Muskegon Heights home. Someone threw a brick through her front window when she moved i

Women voters ­— particularly in Midwest — to be pivotal in 2020

In Michigan last year, Muskegon County voters helped elect a female governor, secretary of state, attorney general and U.S. senator. The results put women there on the leading edge of a shift that is reshaping politics across the Midwest and nationally.
Local
September 7, 2019
New Department of Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead took questions from state senators on Wednesday.

Can a new leader calm the turmoil at Minnesota DHS?

Jodi Harpstead takes the helm at an agency roiled by errors and recent resignations.
Politics
September 7, 2019
Michelle Fischbach, shown here when Tim Pawlenty introduced her as his running mate, announced Monday she was challenging U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.

Analyst: Fischbach not invulnerable but makes Seventh District race a 'tossup'

Another national political analyst considers former Minnesota Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach’s challenge to longtime DFL U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson a “tossup.” David Wasserman of the…
Local
September 7, 2019
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon in 2016.

Cost forecast for Super Tuesday in Minnesota triples, thanks in part to 2 legalize-marijuana parties

Secretary of state says new major parties on ballots will boost costs.
Politics
September 7, 2019
Alida Messinger is a major donor to the DFL-aligned Alliance for a Better Minnesota, which is assessing its focus for 2020.

The big outside groups are playing it close to the vest

Boots on the ground and a smart strategy to direct them come into play in close races.
Local
September 7, 2019
Johanna Clyborne, center, at a hearing as MNIT commissioner. Clyborne will be promoted to a two-star Minnesota National Guard general.

Minnesota National Guard to recognize its first female two-star general

The 30-year veteran who just returned from Iraq stint will be promoted Saturday.
Business
September 6, 2019
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz heads to Japan, South Korea to promote trade, business

Minnesota's governor hopes to reassure Asian partners that state is still open for business.
Local
September 6, 2019
New 'First' puppy, Scout, is adorable

New 'First' puppy, Scout, is adorable

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz fulfilled a promise to his son, Gus, that if he won the gubernatorial race, the family would get a dog.
Politics
September 6, 2019
Trump questioned on apparently altered Dorian map

Trump questioned on apparently altered Dorian map

President Donald Trump raised eyebrows Wednesday when he held up what appeared to be an altered hurricane map in the Oval Office.
Nation
September 5, 2019

As disasters multiply, billions in recovery funds go unspent

The Trump administration is sitting on tens of billions of dollars in unspent money meant to help Americans recover from disasters, leaving people less able…
Local
September 5, 2019
Gov. Tim Walz held Scout, a three-month-old black lab mix that the Walz family adopted, on Thursday.

Campaign promise fulfilled: Meet Scout, Gov. Tim Walz's new dog

The three-month-old black lab mix made his public debut at the governor's residence.
Politics
September 5, 2019
President Donald Trump references a map while talking to reporters in the Oval Office Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. The map was a forecast from August 29

Trump showed a doctored hurricane chart. Was it to cover up for his 'Alabama' Twitter flub?

Trump had erroneously stated that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.
Local
September 4, 2019
New Department of Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead took questions from sate senators after being introduced at the start of a Minnesota Stat

New DHS leader promises to 'rebuild trust' at agency

Jodi Harpstead told a Minnesota Senate panel Wednesday that her priority is restoring credibility in a sprawling social service agency that has been hit with a revelations of poor financial controls and a chaotic leadership shuffle.
Politics
September 4, 2019
Rick Olson is challenging U.S. Rep. Angie Craig.

First Republican challenger enters race against Rep. Angie Craig

Rick Olson served from 2011-12 in Michigan state House before moving to Minnesota.
Politics
September 4, 2019
U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar speaks at a town hall in Minneapolis in August 2019.

Political consultant denies affair with Rep. Ilhan Omar

Tim Mynett, a Democratic fundraising consultant who works with Omar, also disputed allegations that his business benefited from a personal relationship with the Minneasota Democrat.