Brad Finstad will face former Hormel Foods CEO Jeff Ettinger in the special election to replace the late Rep. Jim Hagedorn.

Finstad declares victory in Minnesota's First District GOP primary, Munson concedes

A packed field of Republicans tried to win Tuesday's Republican primary.

What did — and didn't — get done at the Minnesota Capitol this legislative session

May 25
The Minnesota Legislature left plenty of work on the table after hitting their deadline to adjourn at midnight on Sunday.
Legislators left plenty of work on the table as they negotiate a possible special session.

Education Department reverses decision to disqualify nonprofit from serving meals

Monica Herrera, the nutrition director, and Daron Korte, the assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education, listened to questioning
The department is determining next steps with Youth Leadership Academy, also known as Gar Gaar Family Services, which applied to serve meals during the school year.
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Republican quits Wisconsin elections panel, says Trump lost

The Wisconsin Elections Commission postponed choosing its new chairman Tuesday after a Republican commissioner who could have challenged for the post abruptly resigned, saying the state GOP doesn't want him to lead the commission because he believes Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden fair and square.
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Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is running against Greg Abbott for governor in 2022, interrupts a news conference headed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in Uv

Beto O'Rourke interrupts briefing, echoing US debate on guns

Surrounded by fellow Republicans on a high school stage, Gov. Greg Abbott was wrapping up his opening remarks about the killing of school children and teachers in Uvalde, Texas, when Beto O'Rourke strode forward from his seat in the audience.
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Gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke disrupts Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

He called the Republican's response to the Uvalde tragedy "predictable."
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Marcos Jr proclaimed next Philippine president with huge win

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was proclaimed the next president of the Philippines by a joint session of Congress on Wednesday following a landslide election triumph 36 years after his dictator father was ousted in a pro-democracy uprising.
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Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke to reporters on May 5, 2022, in Spartanburg, S.C.

Trump said to have reacted approvingly to Jan. 6 chants about hanging Pence

The House committee investigating the Capitol assault has heard accounts of Donald Trump's remarks, including about Mike Pence, as he watched the riot unfold.
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FILE - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is seen on a screen as addresses the audience from Kyiv during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switz

Russia takes steps to bolster army, tighten grip on Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order Wednesday to fast track Russian citizenship for residents of parts of southern Ukraine largely held by his forces, while lawmakers in Moscow passed a bill to strengthen the stretched Russian army.
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'Trump is in the past': Mounting losses show limits of power

Donald Trump opened May by lifting a trailing Senate candidate in Ohio to the Republican nomination, seemingly cementing the former president's kingmaker status before another possible White House run. He's ending the month, however, stinging from a string of defeats that suggest a diminishing stature.
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Flowers are left at the base of a monument outside the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center in Uvalde, Texas, on Wednesday morning, May 25, 2022.

Live updates | Slain child's father: Police were unprepared

The father of a child killed by a shooting rampage at a Texas elementary school says police were slow to move in and were unprepared.
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A cover crop of oats, peas and daikon radishes grew in a field last year after the vegetables were harvested at a farm in Shafer, Minn.

Farmers in Minnesota get more cover crop funding to keep soil from washing away

"There just aren't the federal resources to meet the need," said Todd Hogrefe with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Jon Gruden, right, waits in court Wednesday in Las Vegas.

NFL to appeal ruling in Gruden lawsuit over leaked emails

The NFL said Wednesday it will appeal a ruling denying a request to move former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden's lawsuit against the league from a public courtroom into closed-door arbitration. Gruden's lawsuit accuses the NFL of leaking his racist, sexist and homophobic emails to force him to resign last October.

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

The Russian Defense Ministry is promising to open a safe corridor to allow foreign ships to leave Black Sea ports. A separate corridor will be open to allow ships to leave Mariupol by sailing from the port on the Sea of Azov port to the Black Sea.

China wants 10 Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement

China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a "game-changing" bid by Beijing to wrest control of the region.

EPA proposes restrictions in fight over Alaska mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region, the latest in a long-running dispute over efforts by developers to advance the mine in a region known for its salmon runs.

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. May 24, 2022.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to attend Americas Summit after doubts

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has decided to attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles next month and plans to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden, close allies of the South American leader said late Wednesday.

US sets Thursday vote on new UN sanctions on North Korea

The United States called for a vote Thursday on a U.N. resolution that would impose tougher sanctions on North Korea for its recent launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons.

Twitter to pay $150M penalty over privacy of users' data

Twitter will pay a $150 million penalty and put in new safeguards to settle federal regulators' allegations that the social platform failed to protect the privacy of users' data over a six-year span.

Oklahoma governor signs the nation's strictest abortion ban

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the nation's strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure.

Officer in Buffalo supermarket attack honored at funeral

The retired police officer killed while trying to stop the gunman in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket was awarded the department's medal of honor at his funeral Wednesday, as the country processed another massacre at a Texas school that killed 19 children and two adults.

Ex-Illinois House leader Arroyo sentenced for bribery scheme

A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme.