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.

Minnesota takes steps to modernize disability services

January 22
People with disabilities and their families say the $3 billion program is confusing and arbitrary.
State + Local
January 21
State Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead said the new internal audit is a sign her agency is responding to complaints.

Audit finds violations of laws to prevent fraud at DHS unit

An internal audit at the Minnesota Department of Human Services has found several violations of laws to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the division responsible for a recent series of improper payments.
State + Local
January 12
Jennifer Wright was shocked to learn that the senior care clinic that cares for her 84-year-old mother, Jo Wright, will be shutting down in February.

Clinic closings will worsen Minn. shortage of geriatric specialists

Hennepin Healthcare will be closing its Augustana and Parkside senior care clinics, both in Minneapolis, at the end of February.
State + Local
December 31, 2019
Erik Wiltscheck has been homeless and living in a motel in Brooklyn Center since he was evicted last week from a “sober home” in Minneapolis. Wilt

Overdose at St. Paul 'sober home' sheds light on unregulated industry

Sober homes can play a vital role, but critics say oftentimes they're just a bed and a trigger for relapse.
State + Local
December 30, 2019

Rep. Betty McCollum urges Smokey Bear to 'modernize' pitch

Long before President Donald Trump told the nation that raking leaves could prevent forest fires, Smokey Bear was the face of fire prevention, telling generations…
State + Local
December 24, 2019
Social workers cleared of liability in 2013 death of 4-year-old Eric Dean

Social workers cleared of liability in 2013 death of 4-year-old Eric Dean

State appeals court rules 3 on staff have immunity.
State + Local
December 19, 2019
Several hundred people marched in the silent Homeless Memorial March carrying signs that recognized the 190 homeless, previously homeless and advocate

Gov. Tim Walz nets nearly $5 million to combat homelessness in Minnesota

Leaders aim to open about 150 new shelter beds immediately.
State + Local
December 16, 2019
Native American community members and leaders gathered around a fire before a teepee was erected during the early morning hours on Saturday along Fran

Indian activists end occupation of former Minneapolis homeless camp, vow to keep fighting for more shelter beds

They're negotiating with the city for more shelter beds.
State + Local
December 15, 2019
Freshman U.S. Rep. Angie Craig

Minnesota's Angie Craig decides she'll vote to impeach

Freshman U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, a Democrat representing a swing district in the southern Twin Cities suburbs, said Sunday she will vote to impeach President…
State + Local
November 27, 2019

Recount an exact match: Minnetonka council seat goes to challenger by 3 votes

More than 1,700 votes were cast.
State + Local
November 25, 2019
Apple Valley artist Sarah Bender is among the co-founders of the "Treat People Like People" campaign. She said people frequently make false assumption

New campaign highlights power of people with disabilities

Unlike many anti-abuse campaigns, which reduce victims to impassive caricatures, "Treat People Like People" features people with disabilities as fully actualized humans, with voices and dreams of their own.
State + Local
November 19, 2019
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. Credit: Jenn Ackerman/New York Times

Ilhan Omar wants judge to go easy at sentencing on man who threatened to kill her

The Congress member from Minnesota said the defendant will be better served by being shown love and not a lengthy prison term.
State + Local
November 12, 2019
“Minnesota’s voters, regardless of political affiliation, should not have their choices limited by a small group of party leaders,” said state R

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

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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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.