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 Poll: Voters split on Trump heading into election

February 23
A slim majority of Minnesota voters hold a negative view of President Donald Trump with eight months to go until the general election, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll.
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February 22
Nathaniel Hurse, a social worker, worries that his grandson, Cartier, could be removed from his care.

Minn. families, advocates fight to drop barriers to foster care

Minnesota has long had among the most stringent foster care licensing standards in the nation. Advocates say the overly strict rules are hurting kids.
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February 17
The four properties at the heart of the court order include multifamily housing and a day-care facility surrounding Ramsey's downtown COR district nea

Ramsey remedies tax oversight that could have cost city $200K

TIF district error resolved, preventing the city from losing more than $200K.
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February 17
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Baxter greeted new Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury as the first day of the 2020 legislative ses

Top Minnesota Republican optimistic about keeping majority

The top Republican in the Minnesota Senate said Monday that he's optimistic about his party's chances for maintaining and even expanding its narrow control over the Senate despite the impending retirements of a couple prominent lawmakers.
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February 13
Apple Valley's ordinance prohibits people convicted of certain sex offenses from living within 1,500 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, churches and

Minnesota sex offenders sue over residency restrictions in Apple Valley

Attorneys argue the far-reaching ordinance effectively bars sex offenders from living in the city.
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February 10

A precinct-by-precinct look at Klobuchar's Iowa caucus performance

After months of campaigning and visiting all 99 Iowa counties, Klobuchar was mostly washed out except for some suburban and sparsely-populated areas.
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February 7
A nurse’s aide at a senior care facility in Byron, Minn., posted this image of a patient with Alzheimer’s disease along with a demeaning message.

Court: Alzheimer's patient's photo posted on social media not illegal

Attorneys for the Alzheimer's patient's husband sued the facility, alleging the post revealed private information about the patient's health condition.
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February 4
Derwin Turner, left, unloaded dozens of foam mats, along with Elim Church Lead Pastor Paul Stephen Olson, center, and KMS owner Ken McCraley, right, i

With state help, hundreds of shelter beds open for homeless Minnesotans

Gov. Walz launched effort to help the homeless.
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February 3
Sen. Susan Kent in a 2015 photo.

Kent: Minnesota Democrats 'unified' over winning Senate in 2020

Susan Kent had a “whirlwind” weekend, and things aren’t slowing down for her anytime soon. On Saturday, the DFL senator from Woodbury ousted longtime Iron…
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February 1
Tori Boyer, a mother of three who has received MFIP assistance since she suffered a traumatic brain injury, said that for a time the monthly payments

Minnesota welfare payments to increase for first time since 1986

The raise of $100 a month for 29,000 families is the first since 1986.
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January 28
Bradford Teslow, who has intellectual disabilities, was hired through the Connect 700 program for a job in state government, but says his multiple req

Minn. jobs program for people with disabilities fails to live up to promise

Fewer than 12% of hires still work in state jobs.
State + Local
January 27
“We are beginning to be able to count what we were not able to count before, but what we knew was happening,” said Beatriz Menanteau, supervisor o

Teen sexual exploitation a statewide problem in Minnesota, survey finds

Results of student survey a "wake-up call" for Minnesota public health professionals.
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January 24

Woman hammers nails into her head; Maplewood assisted-living facility faulted

Woman pounded nails into her head that weren't detected for a month.
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January 22
Minnesota State Senator J im Abeler led a hearing Wednesday where Minnesota Department of Human Services officials unveiled plans to improve the state

Minnesota takes steps to modernize disability services

People with disabilities and their families say the $3 billion program is confusing and arbitrary.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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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.
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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.
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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.