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The program intended to foster economic growth on the Iron Range has given more money per capita in the past five years for projects in influential state Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk's district than any other — by about one-third, according to a review of public records.
A veteran staffer was paid $166K to retire before being hired back a month later.
Zimmern's contract, which ends this month, required two posts per month to reach his more than 1 million Twitter and other social media followers.
As a three-term senator and presidential candidate, Amy Klobuchar is accustomed to fielding questions on some of the more divisive topics driving national politics. But…
The perennial end-of-session scramble raised a question for one reader: "They never get anything done, so why not extend it out and give them more time to get it done?"
Hennepin County, other metro entities topped list.
The lawsuit targets more than a dozen existing statutes, including a 24-hour waiting period and a provision mandating that fetal remains are buried or cremated.
After an all-night special session, both houses of the Legislature adjourned just before 7 a.m. after a series of votes on the next two years of state spending. But there was no deal on a public works borrowing bill, which will wait until next year.
The move caps a week of closed-door talks between the governor and House and Senate leaders scrambling to fill in details of state government budget bills.
Lawmakers continue hash out budget bills' details ahead of special session.
Increased fees for drugmakers will raise $20 million a year for addiction prevention and treatment.
On the day after, left-out legislators, interest groups and the public say lack of transparency in late-session deals must end.
With time running out, legislative leaders tentatively planned a special session Thursday to hammer out final budget agreements through a series of conference committees or "working groups."
The agreement could make Minnesota the first state in the nation to establish a separate state fund dedicated to opioid addiction prevention and treatment.
The deal denies Gov. Tim Walz much of the new revenue he wanted for road improvements, but leaves mostly intact a health care tax that Republicans sought to end. There's also a small middle-class income tax cut.
With every passing hour, lawmakers are more likely to need Gov. Tim Walz to call a special session of the Legislature once they adjourn at midnight Monday, as required.
Activists fear they are running out of time.
Advocates say compromise language offered by Republicans doesn't go far enough.
Monday's breakdown came after hours of incremental progress as formal negotiations resumed in earnest for the first time in nearly a week.
While both sides say the talks have been collegial and productive, significant fiscal and ideological rifts remain between DFL leaders controlling the state House and governor's office and the Republican-led state Senate.
Minnesota Senate GOP leader Paul Gazelka, father of child with a dual gender identity, seeks to heal political and personal wounds. "I cry over this issue," he said, choking up during an interview
Two wildly divergent education spending proposals emerged from the DFL-led House and the Republican-controlled Senate — with scarcely two weeks left in the legislative session.
Democrats, school leaders say the proposed funding level will lead to cuts.
Senate leader doesn't want it as a budget vote, while DFL Gov. Tim Walz calls move premature.
But Senate leader says his chamber won't address them: 'The bills are dead.'
The state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr lacked authority to change the name of a lake that had existed for more than 40 years.
Proposal would affect 31 offices across Minnesota that provide referrals for abortions.
It's a marathon to get bills off the floors — and into talks.
Major rift expected with Republicans, Democrats far apart as May 1 deadline approaches.
It passed a budget measure that looks little like the Senate proposal.
Perennial campaign issues like the economy, health care and immigration have long driven voters to the polls. But, in the face of growing international concern about the planet's future, climate change and the environment are emerging as key concerns.
The freshman Democrat's first-quarter fundraising outpaced many fellow members of Minnesota's congressional delegation.
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has seen a spike in death threats since a tweet by President Donald Trump suggesting that she minimized the significance…
While the industry opposes state regulations, supporters argue that failing to act will have long-term consequences for the state's economy and workforce.
Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill Friday to close a hole in state law that local prosecutors say prevented them from charging a light-rail train…
The Minnesota House passed a measure Friday 74-52 that would give all immigrants the ability to get driver's licenses, even if they are in the country illegally.
Participation among voters 29 and younger rose across the country.
Omar was not at the gathering outside the Urban League office, and a spokesman said her office was not affiliated with the event.
The change was sparked by a 2017 crash in St. Paul that killed a 29-year-old man.
The bipartisan 59-6 vote came two weeks after the state House passed a similar measure, setting up negotiations to work out differences in the two bills before sending a final compromise to Gov. Tim Walz, who has said he will sign the final proposal into law.
Dueling proposals vie to reshape the market in the state, especially with the rising cost of prescription drugs.
An independent commission voted Friday to increase the annual salary for Minnesota legislators to $46,500, giving lawmakers their second raise in as many years. The…
The independent panel that oversees legislator pay also urged lawmakers to reassess their per diem policy and switch to a plan that reimburses only for actual out-of-pocket expenses.
State Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, the GOP majority leader, called the cost projection "a real problem." He does not plan to hold hearings or a floor vote on the proposal this session.
It outlines guidelines for investigating complaints.
Lawmakers look at making baseline 50-50 for visitation.
The new congressman met with about 100 constituents in Maple Grove.
The special election was triggered by former Rep. Jason Rarick's election to the state Senate.
Continual uptick is a "worrisome long-term trend," health officials say.
Friday's rally in St. Paul was part of a wave of student demonstrations worldwide.
Dueling proposals to limit abortion, expand birth control could become fodder for 2020 campaigns.
Gov. Tim Walz questions whether insurers have done enough to contain costs themselves and cautioned against giving the health plans a blank check.
The National Weather Service is predicting an increased risk of floods due to heavy snowfall.
Disappointment, support follow remarks on Israel.
Patients who rely on prescription opioids to manage chronic pain are raising fresh concerns about a proposal aimed at tackling the overdose epidemic.
The plan authorizes $13 million in state funds for technology improvements, maintenance and customer service support.
All Minnesota students would learn about pregnancy prevention, gender identity and the need for consent ahead of intimacy under a sex-ed requirement proposed by Democratic…
The Minnesota senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate responds to reports that she is hard on employees.
Extreme weather led to high number of closures.
Now-deleted Facebook post was condemned as "absurd" and anti-Semitic.
Supporters say Americans' gap in knowledge is putting democracy at risk.
House Republicans blasted the proposal to create a new outreach office as "surreal."
The general election will be held on March 19.
Research effort could be named after Chloe Barnes, Hopkins toddler who died.
Gatherings like Sunday's will be the focus of Klobuchar's presidential campaign until Iowa picks its presidential nominee Feb. 3. For Klobuchar, who lacks the national name identification and fundraising prowess of some of her competitors for the Democratic nod, a strong showing in the state is crucial.
The Minnesota Democrat pledged to work across the aisle and make rural issues a priority as she made the first stops of her 2020 presidential campaign.
The contest for Jason Rarick's now-vacant former House seat will be held on March 19, with a primary set for March 5.
Small-dollar donors could be crucial in a crowded 2020 presidential field.
Companies would have to pre-disclose the increases, under a new proposal.
The freshman representative's statement came shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders called for an apology, saying she used "anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations" about Israel's supporters.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar will test her hometown brand on the national stage as she throws her hat into the ring for the 2020 race to be the President of the United States.
The win expanded the GOP's narrow majority in the chamber and ended more than two decades of representation in the district by Democrats and members of the Lourey family.
Gov. Tim Walz said the marketing campaign was especially fitting on the heels of a frigid week in Minnesota: "It's all about attitude."
The four-week sprint to fill the open seat, triggered by the appointment of the current senator to human services commissioner, has sent a tsunami of campaign cash and volunteers into the district.
Legislation would raise $20 million through increased fees on drug companies.
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