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

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.

Minnesota mental health crisis hot line closing Friday

July 10
Crisis Connection service helped 20,000 callers a year, but suffered chronic financial losses.
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July 10

Minnesota Rep. Omar to appear on 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'

The nation's first Somali-American legislator, is scheduled to be on with host Trevor Noah on Thursday.
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June 28
The temporary art installation near U.S. Bank Stadium explores the effects of climate change on Minnesota's future bird populations.

Sculpture near stadium tells story of birds, climate change

The idea for "Orbacles" was in part inspired by the bird controversy at U.S. Bank Stadium, which looms over the sculptures on the east side the park.
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June 20

U scientists say Trump is overhauling EPA advisory panel

Members of key science advisory panel told to reapply for posts when their term ends.
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June 6
Gov. Mark Dayton announced Monday that he has signed onto the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition launched last week when Trump announced that he plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. Above: Dayton at a May 30 news conference at the Capitol.

Dayton signs Minnesota to pact that honors Paris accord

A dozen other governors have pledged to uphold their own version of the Paris accord.
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May 30

Twin Cities mental health agency to pay $4.5M in federal fraud case

Mental health services company is accused of overbilling for client care.
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May 19
Attorneys are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of Minnesota's controversial system of confining hundreds of sex offenders after they have already completed their prison terms.

Minn. sex offenders petition U.S. Supreme Court

Lawsuit claims Minnesota's sex offender program violates the Constitution.
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May 3
As fellow students walked in shorts, freshmen Julie Kurth worked on a...

Would cutting out student fees make college in Minnesota more affordable?

In light of state legislation to make student fees optional, we analyzed data on tuition and fees at Minnesota's public colleges and universities.
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April 26

Feds seize $2 million from mental health agency accused of bilking Medicaid

Rare forfeiture move follows evidence of a suspicious wire transfer.
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April 21
Thomas Duvall left the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minn...

Psychologist: Serial rapist obsessed with deviant thoughts, not ready to leave program

Expert witness appears on fourth day of Thomas Duvall's discharge hearing.
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April 21
Thomas Duvall left the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minn...

Minn. serial rapist testifies about violent history and fantasies

In tearful testimony, Thomas Duvall describes his violent past and pleaded to be released.
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April 19

Rapist who wants out of MSOP tests how Minn. treats sex offenders

A panel is hearing testimony this week on whether Thomas Duvall, 61, is still a danger.
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April 11
A plow/salt truck worked the streets of Minneapolis. The researchers found that lakes showed steadily rising concentrations of chloride.

Salt levels mean Twin Cities lakes won't support fish by 2050

Twin Cities is a hot spot in a national study of lakes and road-salt runoff. It showed that salt concentrations in the Mississippi, mostly from road salt, have increased 81 percent since 1985.
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April 10
Tom Feider, left, of St. Paul and Jerry LaRochelle of Roseville loaded a kayak onto Feider's car Saturday at Fort Snelling State Park.

Minnesota state parks, trails face major budget squeeze

Budget proposals moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature would continue what park officials say is a decadelong dilemma: Operating funds for the state's 75 parks have declined, after accounting for inflation, while the number of Minnesotans who use them continues to increase every year.
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April 5

No felony charge for east metro driver accused of texting when he killed motorist

Driver was on his phone before crushing a woman, prosecutor says.
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April 5
A caucus worker explained results after a vote was taken to determine delegates in the Somali-dominant Sixth Ward.

Strong turnout for Minneapolis caucuses for mayor, council

It was chaotic in the Sixth Ward, where hundreds crowded into a small gym and later moved outside. About 800 people showed up to caucus at South High School, the site for all caucuses in the Ninth Ward.
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April 4

Top DFLer's 'white male' remarks set off spat on Minnesota House floor

Melissa Hortman scolded male colleagues for playing cards during a floor debate.
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April 3
A dog played at Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul.

What pollutes urban Mississippi? Lawns, dogs and lots of pavement

The U of M study takes a close look at precisely where phosphorus and nitrogen come from and where they go in Twin Cities' neighborhoods. It's the first to track how households contribute to water pollution.
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April 3
In July, marchers protesting the shooting death of Philando Castile by police blocked part of Interstate 94 west of downtown St. Paul.

House bill prompts testy debate over rights of protesters

The bill cracks down on freeway protesters and authorizes lease of private prison in Appleton.
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April 2

State Rep. Liebling announces bid for governor

She is the fifth DFLer to join the race; healthcare is an area of expertise, she says.
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March 23

Services for thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities are at stake in vote on GOP health bill

GOP 'repeal and replace' plan would slash Medicaid for thousands.