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Bipartisan deal paved way for new protections that include making wage theft a crime.
Rural Minnesota is emerging as a key part of state officials' search for solutions to hate and bias-motivated crime.
Bjorn Ihler shares lessons of 2011 extremist violence.
GOP state Rep. Steve Drazkowski also was behind campaign finance complaints.
Some wondered how state attorney general, an abortion-rights advocate, would respond.
Although she has legally corrected the discrepancy, she has declined to say anything about how or why it happened.
Law enforcement partnerships are seen as key to deterring acts based on bias.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug, 65, said he had intended to seek re-election in 2020 but is coping with Parkinson's disease.
Alabama and Minnesota are unique among the states in that they have no statute ending parental rights for fathers found to have conceived a child by rape or incest.
John Harrington wants to scale up the ethos of community policing to a vast wing of government serving law enforcement from Duluth to Albert Lea.
Six-month program will focus on cybersecurity across the state, nation.
State lawmakers defeated stricter firearms laws, but neither side is backing down.
Law also increases state's budget for enforcement.
Minnesota is the only state not to use the funds since Congress approved the money more than a year ago.
Gun control, probation reform not part of compromise public safety package.
As session ends, lawmakers differ on the need for a task force to review legislation.
The contrasting scenes with Minnesota senators approving a stopgap bill and Gov. Tim Walz addressing teachers reflected the strains after a week of closed-door budget talks.
The lawsuit has become part of the political fight over proposed fees on makers of opioid drugs.
Proposals fail to advance in surprise conference vote on public safety spending.
42 states and Puerto Rico allege that the collusion led to large price increases for 112 drugs, some of which soared more than 1,000% beginning in 2013.
Minnesota lawmakers are largely unified around the need to improve the way rape cases are investigated and prosecuted. But a proposal to eliminate the statute…
Changes to sex assault statutes advance in Senate, while statute of limitations bill prompts emotional testimony.
Minnesota's first lady will convene talk at screening of PBS documentary.
Believed to be the first woman to serve on the commission after having served time behind bars, Tonja Honsey brings a wealth of experience helping mothers and pregnant inmates in the years since her return to society.
Commissioner concerned ruling will hinder future efforts to rename waters.
After the Senate's 66-0 vote, Gov. Tim Walz could sign the repeal later this week, striking Minnesota from the ledger of states that still have loopholes that make it difficult under certain circumstances to prosecute men for sexual assault.
Gov. Tim Walz said last week he will tighten hiring rules after reports that the IRRRB — long accused of DFL cronyism — passed over a qualified woman and deviated from normal procedures by publicly posting the position for just 24 hours, instead of the usual 21 days.
Corrections chief says the bill would lead to the loss of dozens of officers' jobs.
Gun debate will get pushed to end-of-session budget talks.
She's represented by a nonprofit group that wants to make it easier for nonunion public sector workers to opt out of contributing to their unions.
GOP measure aimed to call attention to its costs.
Minnesota hasn't touched federal money to ward off hackers. A key Republican calls the issue "no big thing."
A governor has not had to elect regents since 2001. And the internal DFL divisions have added to concerns over legislative delays surrounding endgame budget and tax disputes in the Capitol.
Voters Alliance says it needs the records to spot fraud; state officials plan to appeal.
They spent years rallying support to limit cellphone use while driving
The Legislature gave final approval to the measure on Thursday.
Under past policy, offenders prescribed the drug could be sent to prison.
If only for 90 minutes — in a world of make-believe — DFL lawmakers called the shots Monday on a panel of the Republican-led Minnesota…
The bill would limit government seizures of money or property to criminal cases, and then only after a conviction.
Worthington, Bemidji and Duluth are in the running.
Officials estimate repeal could result in seven new convictions each year.
Ellison cites harm to Minnesota health care industry employers.
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, a Republican, is a vocal opponent of gun control, but he says he would be willing to hear proposals 'on both sides' regarding universal background checks and a "red flag" law.
The Minnesota Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday for a bill barring cellphone use while driving unless the phone is being used in a "hands-free" mode.Although the…
House unanimously passed identical legislation last month.
Attorney General Keith Ellison is creating a new labor division to address economic crimes.
Monday hearing comes as deadline to move bill nears.
The firm brings together the last two state attorneys general, both of them litigators with a long history of working together in Minnesota's legal community.
If the measure becomes law, Minnesota would join 16 states and the District of Columbia in banning cellphone use by motorists unless they use active hands-free technology while they drive.
GOP Senate majority leader said the issue more likely to be taken up next year.
Lawmakers look at ways to get people to treatment, not jail, faster.
The state's new public safety commissioner is among a growing set of law enforcement leaders now studying new approaches to such cases.
Keith Ellison said office fielded more than 300 complaints last year.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison joined the group of Democratic state attorneys general for the second federal legal challenge to the new policy in as many days.
The court is alarmed by high levels of depression, anxiety and stress among practicing attorneys.
A House committee is expected to advance bills that face murkier prospects in state Senate.
State's sole private facility has been unused since 2010.
Measures would award $3 million in death of Joseph Gomm in 2018.
One woman's trauma is pushing Minnesota lawmakers to repeal what is known as the marital rape exception.
Attorney general, St. Paul mayor and Public Safety head visited Stillwater.
State A.G. forms group to suggest litigation, legislative strategies.
Rep. Nick Zerwas cites "Empire" actor's case as motivation.
Minnesota joined 15 states Monday in asking a California federal judge to halt President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration, arguing that diverting funds to build a border wall would hurt the state's national guard and frustrate counter-narcotic efforts.
Draconian sentencing in state is the target of move to wipe out disparities.
Background checks, "red flag" laws sought by Minnesota advocates.
Minnesota is lone state to not yet access federally approved money to improve security.
Minnesota among 22 states calling on federal court to uphold injunction.
The new attorney general underlies the need to raise his lawyers' salaries.
An annual rally underlined support from new leadership at Capitol.
Hands-free measure and increased penalties cruised through committees.
Minnesota is one of 22 states where felons cannot vote until they complete post-incarceration supervision. The change could affect as many as 60,000 on probation.
The judicial branch seeks to raise judges' salaries to stay competitive.
State report calls for better response to exploitative practices in workplaces.
Melin will be legislative director, and Liz Kramer to be solicitor general.
Minnesota was among dozens of states to file suit against the two health companies.