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.

City of Lakeville's tweet sparks a political dustup

May 26
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May 23

Gallery: Legislators worked until midnight deadline

Legislators failed to agree on a spending bill before their midnight adjournment deadline Sunday, May 22, 2016.
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May 20

Feb. 1: Minnesota leaders' full-page ad decries bigotry toward Muslims

From across a broad spectrum, hate messages declared "un-Minnesotan."
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May 16

Minn. first to require training on fetal alcohol disorders for foster parents

The law culminates years of grass-roots lobbying by disability advocates, and requires all newly licensed foster parents to receive an hour of training on parenting strategies for children with FASD.
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May 1

How investigators are using data to battle Minn. surge in suicides

Effort follows sharp increase in Minnesota deaths.
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April 21

Minnesota advocates, lawmakers spar over use of hidden cameras in nursing homes

Proposal says families can install surveillance without fear of reprisal.
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April 20

State opposes release of serial rapist who triggered a political furor

Thomas Duvall was nearly freed in 2014 amid a political furor.
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April 19

Wolves on Isle Royale down to a last, aging pair

The last two wolves on Isle Royale are so old and closely inbred that they are unlikely to successfully reproduce.
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April 18
After he was brought to an ER for the sixth time, Matt Johnson's group home refused to take him back. "Nobody wants me," he said.

Surge in psych patients turns state's ERs into 'holding pens'

The crowding has become so acute in some smaller, rural hospitals that patients are forced to wait on stretchers in public hallways, often for hours.
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April 16
A tour boat on Lake Michigan near downtown Milwaukee, Wis., July 16, 2...

Thirsty cities begin to eye water from the Great Lakes

Nearly a decade ago, eight governors shook hands on an extraordinary agreement to erect a legal wall around the largest source of fresh water on…
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April 15
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, shown on the first day of the 2016 legislative session, warned county commissioners in northeastern Minnesota that they would risk losing state money if they passed a resolution to ban copper mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Sen. Bakk warns Cook County that mining stand could be costly

The state Senate majority leader advised commissioners they would risk losing state money if they passed a resolution to ban copper mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
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April 11

Duluth detox center cited for abuse after patient confined naked in room

Female patient was left naked, visible on cameras, investigators found.
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April 10

Gallery: DFLer Phyllis Kahn challenged at nominating convention

DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn, the longest-serving member of the Minnesota Legislature, faces two insurgent DFL challengers from the Somali community.
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April 8

Minneapolis daycare charged with overbilling state $103,500

Investigators found hundreds of instances when children didn't show up
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April 6

Dayton seeks $177M investment in state psychiatric facilities

Gov. Dayton seeks to target 'decades of neglect' at state-run psychiatric facilities.
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April 6
“This act of discrimination is discriminatory against many Mississippi residents and violates their constitutional rights,” Dayton said.

Dayton limits travel to Miss. over gay-rights restrictions

Gov. Mark Dayton, in response to Mississippi making it legal for people there to be denied service based on sexual orientation, instructed Minnesota state employees to refrain from any nonessential travel to the state.
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March 18

New Hope nursing home cited for brutal assault caught on video

Some St. Therese of New Hope employees were fired, two charged criminally.
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March 15

State challenges proposed release of rapist from MSOP

State, county officials argue Christopher Coker is too dangerous to free.
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March 14
A hidden camera recorded verbal abuse of a frail 85-year-old woman by a nursing aide at her senior home in Edina.

'Granny cams' gain popularity for catching elder abuse

Two years after catching an aide ridiculing their mother, two sisters have become zealous proponents of using miniature cameras to catch abuse in senior homes.
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March 9

Dangerous use of restraints plummets at Minn. homes for people with disabilities

Minnesota has turned the corner in a prolonged battle against the use of dangerous restraints and isolation rooms at facilities for people with developmental disabilities.
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February 22

As MSOP door opens, a sex offender ponders freedom, future

Richard A. Williams, 61, has a 21-page plan for staying straight. "I just want the opportunity to show the world that I'm a new man."