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.

Effort to reform elder care system falls short at Capitol

May 22
Weeks of intense negotiation involving Dayton, GOP legislators and a coalition of senior organizations over a bipartisan deal collapsed over the weekend.
State + Local
May 21
John Gammell

15 years in prison for 'hacker-for-hire' defendant who targeted govt. agencies in Minn.

His targets included business rivals and government agencies and schools in Minnesota.
As the polls were about to open for the day at the Brian Coyle Center an election worker who wished to not be identified walked to place a flag outsid
Elections 2018 Latest news on the Minnesota state and federal election campaigns
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Who's in and who's out, and where are the campaign dollars going?
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May 21
Vile, appalling disgusting, debacle, badly mismanaged, beholden to special interests, just some of the ways Gov. Mark Dayton described actions by by t

Dayton veto threat hangs over legislative session's final bills

Minnesota lawmakers adjourned late Sunday after finalizing a handful of tax and spending measures, but with little chance they'd have much to show for three months of work as Gov. Mark Dayton vowed to veto most of their major efforts.
State + Local
May 18
Abdulaziz Sugule of the Somali American Money Services Association, Jaylani Hussein of CAIR-Minnesota and Imam Hassan Mohamud of the Islamic Dawah Cen

Minnesota's legislative auditor will investigate alleged fraud in child-care subsidy program

Legislators requested probe after TV report.
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May 15
Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria listened as Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River railed against alleged abuse of child-care funds.

Minnesota GOP calls for crackdown on child care assistance fraud

Key lawmaker calls a report of pilfered money going to overseas terrorists "extremely troubling."
Where the Minnesota governor candidates stood on total fundraising as of their 1Q 2018 filings.
Campaign Finance: Governor In governor's race, Walz leads fundraising with Pawlenty close behind
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Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has quickly eclipsed the rest of the Republican field in the race for governor. The crowded fundraising field is led by Pawlenty and DFL candidate Tim Walz.
State + Local
May 14
Fundraising totals for first and second house district candidates after the first quarter of 2018.

In House races, among nation's most competitive, millions flow in

No state is home to more toss-up congressional races than Minnesota, and fundraising in the state's four most competitive districts is already off to a blistering start.
State + Local
May 14
Where the Minnesota governor candidates stood on total fundraising as of their 1Q 2018 filings.

In governor's race, Walz leads fundraising with Pawlenty close behind

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has quickly eclipsed the rest of the Republican field in the race for governor. The crowded fundraising field is led by Pawlenty and DFL candidate Tim Walz.
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May 14
Senate campaign finance funds raised figures after the first quarter of 2018.

In Senate races, Smith, Klobuchar fundraising juggernauts in full swing

It's rare to have two Senate seats on the ballot in a single year, but it's one of the reasons Minnesota is a state to watch come November.
State + Local
May 12
Richfield state Rep. Linda Slocum said she’s retiring from public service to “get control” of her health.

Richfield, Bloomington representative retiring to focus on health

Richfield DFLer, who helped land funding for I-35W/494 interchange, is leaving after 12 years at Capitol.
State + Local
April 30
Lifelong Republican Richard Painter announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate as a Democrat on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Richard Painter exits GOP, launches bid against DFL Sen. Tina Smith

A Trump critic, he's running for Senate as a Democrat.
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April 30
Richard Painter talked with staff before walking into a press conference to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate as a Democrat.

Prominent Trump critic Painter to seek U.S. Senate as Democrat

Richard Painter will take on Tina Smith, who holds the seat now as Al Franken's successor.
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April 26

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency hits dead end on effort to protect wild rice

The agency will turn to the Legislature for guidance.
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April 25
Star Jones wiped tears away as Dwight Mitchell talked Tuesday of his struggle to get his children back.

Child welfare workers illegally taking kids out of Minnesota homes, suit says

In the civil rights suit, attorneys for a group of parents allege that Minnesota's child protection laws are overly broad.
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April 24
Conductor J.R. Long walked by the Northstar Commuter Rail at Target Field

Efforts to extend Northstar Commuter Rail to St. Cloud begin — again

Nearly a decade after Northstar began service, the 40-mile line still stops short of its originally planned route between Minneapolis and St. Cloud.
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April 23
Acting Human Services Commissioner Chuck Johnson (right) and Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, discussed a bill that would make it more difficult for

Minnesota Senate passes bill to tighten sex offender, mental health commitment rules

The legislation is in direct response to a court decision earlier this year that permitted the full discharge of a 51-year-old sex offender who has admitted to molesting more than 30 boys and girls.
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April 23
Mark Dayton called BS on Republican criticism of his tax plan.

WCCO bleeps Dayton's retort on live radio to GOP critics of his tax plan

Gov. Mark Dayton won't be given a Good Neighbor Award from WCCO Radio for his live on-air word choice when he responded to GOP criticism of his tax plan.
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April 18
Thomas Duvall was convicted of a series of brutal rapes of teenage girls in the 1970s and has admitted to more than 60 victims.

Minnesota Appeals Court to consider release of serial rapist

Appeals panel to decide if Thomas Ray Duvall is no longer a public danger.
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April 16
Roberta Opheim, the state ombudsman for mental health and developmental disabilities, said group homes need to be "far more sensitive" to the vulnerab

Young woman with disabilities raped at a group home in Little Canada

Police say male caregiver admitted to the assault.
State + Local
April 10
Commercial traffic on the Ford Dam has come to a halt, but it still generates hydroelectricity.

Dams, mining put three regional rivers on group's endangered list

Two of Minnesota's most cherished rivers and one in western Wisconsin were listed among the 10 most endangered U.S. rivers by a conservation group.
State + Local
April 9
Jennifer Curtis of Forest Lake made an emotional appeal to the Forest Lake City Council in February, urging them to approve the project.

Child psychiatric center rejected by Forest Lake city officials

The $20 million project was hailed by mental health advocates, state officials and many nearby residents, who packed a City Council hearing Monday to voice their support
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April 9
Kay Bromelkamp,left and Anne Sterner, both of Elder Voice Family Advocates delivered reports of elder abuse to Senator Tony Lourey (DFL) District 11 a

Families of abuse victims intensify push for elder care reforms in Minn.

Coalition swarms Capitol to push legislators to act.