Gov. Mark Dayton said he would veto the education bill and was angry when he said he was told that not a single House Republican would vote for half-d

In veto, Dayton blames House GOP for 'insufficient' ed bill

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday blamed the House GOP for a lack of agreement on universal preschool; GOP leaders say they compromised on school funds, early-learning programs

Daudt signs on with Scott Walker for President

August 6, 2015
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt endorsed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for president Thursday, and will be state chairman of his campaign.

Ex-official accuses DHS of retaliation after he raises concerns of racial bias

August 26
Mohamed (Mourssi) Alfash, who worked within the Office of the Inspector General, alleges he was pushed out soon after he began raising the concerns.
August 11
Joe Begich was a state representative from 1975 to 1992. Credit: Star Tribune file

Former state Rep. Joe Begich, a spirited Iron Range defender, dies

The former mayor of Eveleth was 89.
State + Local
August 1
Legislative Auditor James Nobles has launched an investigation into $25 million in overpayments to two tribes for substance abuse treatment.

Minnesota overpaid $25M to two tribes for substance abuse treatment

The overpayments, made over a period of five years, were made to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the White Earth Nation to provide Suboxone, a medication used to treat opioid dependency.
State + Local
July 23
Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Reform Committee, has joined other lawmakers in calling for the DHS to be b

Minnesota DHS official says she was punished for speaking out

Faye K. Bernstein said she raised alarms about the legality of contracts at the social services agency. Lawmakers have renewed calls for breaking up the Minnesota Department of Human Services amid leadership disarray.
State + Local
July 18
Claire Wilson, left, and Charles Johnson.

Two Minn. DHS deputies return after Lourey, chief of staff resign

Claire Wilson and Charles Johnson rescinded their resignations.
State + Local
June 30
This image of Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Tom Weber accompanied announcement of their engagement. Credit: @LtGovFlanagan

Lt. Gov. Flanagan engaged to former MPR reporter

Disclosure of their relationship in early 2018 cost Tom Weber his morning show.
State + Local
June 1
The Minnesota State Capitol is largely quiet, Monday June 5, 2017 but major issues are still unresolved between the Republican legislature and DFL Gov

What the Minnesota Legislature passed in the 2019 session

After yet another special session, Democrats and Republicans were forced to compromise on a host of divisive issues such as taxes, education and health care funding.
State + Local
May 25
“This legislation absolutely will save lives,” said Sen. Karin Housley, chairwoman of the Senate Family Care and Aging Committee and author of the

Landmark law aims to protect elders, but who writes rules?

Minnesota lawmakers have approved the broadest expansion of the state's oversight of the long-term care industry in generations.
State + Local
May 7
Maple Lake Recovery Center

Teen boys sexually abused at drug treatment center in Wright County, state says

Investigators determine a female staff member molested three youths.
State + Local
April 27
Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey and Jill Wiedemann-West, CEO of People Incorporated, discussed the benefits of the coordinated care model at a

Minnesota's new mental-health treatment model faces uncertain future

"One stop" services could expand in Minnesota – or lose their funding entirely.
State + Local
April 11
Kristine Sundberg, president of Elder Voice Family Advocates, second from left, led a group to meet with legislators. Also there are Jane Overby, Kris

Report highlights abuses, deaths in state's assisted-living facilities

The assisted-living industry has mushroomed in recent years, but Minnesota's consumer protections have not kept pace with these changes, exposing residents to serious harm and premature deaths, according to state records.
State + Local
April 10
State Auditor James Nobles said efforts to detect and prevent fraud in Minnesota’s $283 million child-care assistance program have been “insuffici

Legislative auditor: Minnesota's efforts to prevent fraud in child care program are 'insufficient'

State officials are seeking broad new powers to combat fraud, monitor day care providers.
State + Local
April 9
Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey notified lawmakers Tuesday of the data breach, which could potentially affect the personal information of abou

Hacker breached Minnesota state agency e-mail, placing data of 11,000 at risk

It's the third cyberattack against the agency in a year.
State + Local
March 25
Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River, and House Republicans unveiled a package of legislation intended to prevent fraud in the state Child Care Assistance Pr

Minn. House GOP seeks crackdown on fraud in child care program

Proposed legislation comes on heels of audit reporting illegal overbilling.
State + Local
March 22

DHS inspector general placed on leave after state audit finds fraud in state's child care program

Pervasive questionable payments found in Minnesota's child-care assistance program.
State + Local
March 19
State Legislative Auditor James Nobles recommends transferring investigations of fraud in Minnesota’s child-care assistance program (CCAP) to the st

Legislative auditor calls for shift in Minnesota's child-care fraud investigations

They are criminal probes, he said, and belong in the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
State + Local
March 13
Scott Stillman, former manager of state’s forensics lab, testified in May 2018 before the Senate House and Human Services Reform Committee to invest

Audit: State child care program fraud not $100M but still troubling

Legislative auditor found no evidence that child-care money was funneled to terrorists, as was alleged in a TV news report.
State + Local
February 11
Aboard her campaign bus, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) waves to her supporters after winning the Iowa straw poll o

Stassen to Bachmann: A look back at Minnesota's past presidential candidates

A handful of home-grown politicians have run for the highest office in the land, but none have ever progressed to the Oval Office.
State + Local
January 28
2003: Former NFL player Duane Benson was leaving his post as the head of Minnesota Business Partnership.

Former NFL player, state senator, business leader Duane Benson dies

Through nearly four decades in public life, Benson was universally respected as smart, savvy and measured, with a mischievous sense of humor.
State + Local
January 13
The Minnesota State Capitol

'Our doors are open': Minnesota residents encouraged to visit State Capitol ... if they can navigate it

Unless you're a regular visitor to the statehouse, going to the sprawling complex in St. Paul can be confusing.
State + Local
January 10
The Southdale Courthouse closes for good on Feb. 1.

Hennepin County to relocate Southdale misdemeanor, traffic court cases elsewhere

The Edina location will close for good starting Feb. 1 as the building is slated to be razed.