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.

After GOP locks out Trump rivals, DFLers push to open ballot

November 12
With less than a month separating the start of the next legislative session and Super Tuesday, two DFLers hope their proposal can advance in time to impact the 2020 presidential primary.
November 7
Duluth incumbent Mayor Emily Larson talked with her son, Eli Zaun, during her watch party at the Duluth Folk School on Tuesday night.

Duluth gives Mayor Emily Larson another four years at city's helm

Duluthians also elected a slate of other officials, voting to fill five seats on the City Council and three on the school board.
State + Local
November 6
Candidate Nelsie Yang answered a question during the St. Paul City Council Ward 6 candidate forum before Tuesday's vote.

Five incumbents re-elected to St. Paul City Council

For the only open seat, Nelsie Yang, 24, was poised to become St. Paul's youngest council member and first Hmong woman to serve on the council.
State + Local
November 6
Election interpreter Gracy Nyo counted voting stickers at the Arlington Hills Community Center in St. Paul on Tuesday.

Minn. election chiefs use quiet races to prepare for 2020's storm

Despite expected low turnout this election, the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office said the procedures followed were the same as what's expected next year.
State + Local
November 6
Students in Eden Prairie walked to board a school bus nicknamed "the secret bus," to attend class in the Minnetonka district in 2017.

Incumbents win in divisive Minnetonka school board race

The 11-candidate race focused on open enrollment was in contrast to 2015, when voters backed new funding for schools and four seats drew only four hopefuls.
State + Local
November 6
Tim Busse and his wife, Heather, shared a celebratory kiss Tuesday night in Bloomington after Tim Busse was elected mayor.

Tim Busse elected Bloomington mayor, city's first new one in 20 years

Other top suburban races included Anoka and Ramsey County Board seats.
State + Local
November 5
In this Sept. 20, 2018 photo, voting booths stand ready in downtown Minneapolis.

Minneapolis man charged with helping 13 people cast fraudulent ballots in 2018

He said he was working for a campaign when forging his father's signature on absentee ballot submissions, according to police.
State + Local
October 29
Legislative Auditor James Nobles held up the complicated organizational chart of DHS as he spoke on the results of its investigation into Medicaid ove

'Troubling dysfunction' at Minn. agency led to overpayments, report says

Legislative auditor said the $29 million in overpayments to two Indian bands for opioid treatment was "inexcusable" and called for deep reforms at DHS.
State + Local
October 28
Candidate Nelsie Yang answered a question during the St. Paul City Council Sixth Ward candidate forum on Oct. 23.

St. Paul race for East Side seat draws diverse candidate slate

The candidates are split on what has become the most contentious issue of the election: whether to jettison the city's year-old program for trash collection.
State + Local
October 28
Yasiel Santiago-Castillo, a senior at Henry Sibley High School, held a vaping device disguised as a hoodie drawstring. On his left is Rep. Laurie Halv

Legislators vow to crack down on teen vaping in 2020 session

Both parties plan measures to get nicotine products out of the hands of teenagers.
State + Local
October 25
DHS compliance officer Faye Bernstein protested against mistreatment of whistleblowers outside of a rally for President Donald Trump in Minneapolis.

DHS worker alleges ongoing retaliation for raising alarms over state opioid contracts

The legislative auditor expresses concern and is monitoring the situation.
State + Local
October 24
Brenda Pike, 61. who drives for Uber, has been unable to access medications to control her severe depression and wild mood swings since she lost Medic

Hundreds lose health coverage over new Minn. Medicaid rules

DHS said 1,300 people have lost their coverage since the state's new asset-verification policy went into effect last month. Hundreds more are at risk of losing coverage as the agency rolls out the new system statewide through next spring.
State + Local
October 18
Tepees of Sioux Indians below Fort Snelling; held captive at Fort Snelling after the US-Dakota War of 1862.

State relocates adoption event set for Fort Snelling amid outcry from Indian groups

Fort Snelling was a site of suffering, trauma for Dakota families in 1860s.
State + Local
September 30
Minneapolis Police union President Bob Kroll said news of the ban on officers wearing uniforms to political events was given to him Friday, one day af

Tied to Trump rally? Union sees politics in Mpls. ban on uniformed cops at campaign events

Lt. Robert Kroll says the police union wasn't told of the ban until the day after the Oct. 10 Trump rally at Target Center was announced and that many officers "are outraged."
State + Local
August 26
Mohamed Mourssi-Alfash said he was wrongfully discharged from the state Department of Human Services after he began raising concerns about whether the

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

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.