Politics
June 9
Doug Burgum, the Republican governor of North Dakota, speaks at a campaign rally for former President Donald Trump in Wildwood, N.J., on May 11.

Trump's energy guy talked a green game but now sells Big Oil priorities

Doug Burgum, the Republican governor of North Dakota, has stepped into the spotlight as a cheerleader for oil and former President Donald Trump.
Nation
June 9
Russ Vought at the White House in August 2020, when he was serving as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Trump loyalist pushes 'post-constitutional' vision for second term

Russ Vought, the former president's budget director, is laying the groundwork for a broad expansion of presidential powers.
Politics
June 8
Employees walked out of Kim’s in May after delivering a petition to unionize.

Ann Kim's restaurant in Uptown vandalized

A concrete slab and paint were thrown through the window overnight. Wrote Kim: "We are going to take our time to think about next steps."
Local
June 8
Judy Felker and her life partner, Dan Lundquist, said they had to sue to get a long-term care insurance policy to pay promised benefits when Judy need

Minnesota's long-term care insurance industry is in crisis

Companies are raising premiums, capping benefits and sometimes denying payouts, while elderly Minnesotans are struggling to afford payments and access their benefits.
Politics
June 7
Royce White speaks at the state GOP convention in St. Paul on May 18 after winning the endorsement.

Federal Elections complaint alleges Royce White isn't reporting spending in Minnesota Senate race

The GOP-endorsed candidate seeks to unseat DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Local
June 7
Smith Foundry Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023 Minneapolis, Minn. For years, residents have been complaining about bad smells from Smith Foundry and its next-do

Lawmakers grant Minnesota more power to close down repeat polluters

In recent cases like Smith Foundry and Water Gremlin, regulators said they lacked authority to take more decisive action.
Politics
June 7
Gov. Tim Walz and First Lady Gwen Walz with Dennis Boldt, a World War II veteran from Mankato, while in Normandy, France, for the 80th anniversary of

Gov. Tim Walz, Minnesota congressional members in France for D-Day ceremony

A bipartisan group of Minnesota's delegation also marked the anniversary of the pivitol World War II invasion.
Politics
June 7
Royce White high-fives supporters at the GOP convention after winning the endorsement May 18 in St. Paul.

Anti-establishment conservatives gain power in Minnesota GOP

Recent endorsement battles illustrate the growing influence of the so-called grassroots wing of the state Republican Party.
Politics
June 7
Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero delivers the findings of an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department in April 2022. The investiga

Minnesota State Fair employee's case led to new law expanding definition of disability

The Human Rights Act now covers intermittent health issues such as cancer in remission, diabetes and epilepsy
Minneapolis
June 7
A May 31 memorial for Minneapolis police officer Jamal Mitchell outside the Fifth Precinct.

How police critics on Mpls. City Council responded to an officer's killing

Some leaders hailed Minneapolis police officer Jamal Mitchell as a hero, while others didn't name him, focusing instead on community trauma.
Politics
June 6
Sen. Kelly Morrison, DFL-Deephaven, will resign to focus on her race for Congress.

DFL senator resigns to focus on congressional run, putting control of MN Senate on ballot

"It has truly been an honor to serve the people of SD45," state Sen. Kelly Morrison said.
Politics
June 5
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) walks through the subway facility at the U.S. Capitol in November 2023.

Lawmakers expensed millions in 2023 under new program that doesn't require receipts

Critics say the program's lack of transparency and record-keeping opens it up to abuse.
Politics
June 4
Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty dismisses murder and manslaughter charges against State Trooper Ryan Londregan in Minneapolis on Monday.

Moriarty says Walz criticized her because she's 'queer.' His supporters call attack 'shameful.'

Her comments came amid the decision to drop charges against Trooper Londregan.
Local
June 4
Operators of the Hennepin County Energy Recovery (HERC) garbage incinerator at work in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024.

By 2032, almost anything you buy in Minnesota will come in recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging. Here's why.

Environmental groups and Twin Cities leaders say requiring packaging be recyclable is key to reducing the growing amount of waste.
Politics
June 3
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs a bill toughening penalties for “straw” purchases of guns at the St. Paul Police Department James S. Griffin Buildin

Minnesota Gov. Walz, St. Paul Mayor Carter, legislators and police highlight new gun safety laws

A ceremonial signing occurred at St. Paul police headquarters.
Nation
June 2
A photo provided by the Library of Congress shows an artist’s depiction of the revolutionary hero Patrick Henry at Virginia’s convention on ratify

A felon in the Oval Office would test the American system

Some are wondering how the system of checks and balances, meant to hold presidents accountable, would work if the next president were already a felon.
Politics
June 1
A group of protesters against the war in Gaza gathered outside the Duluth Convention Center on the second day of the DFL State Convention Saturday, Ju

'Battle for the soul of our nation:' Minn. DFLers call for unity ahead of November

Divisions in the party over the war in Gaza flared Saturday during the state party convention in Duluth.
Local
June 1
Leaders of Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latinacqbr want Minnesota’s Spanish-speaking community to know about programs that can help

Group informs Minnesota's Spanish speakers about money-saving clean-energy programs

COPAL helps Latin Americans in Minnesota switch to environmentally friendly options for their homes.
Rochester
June 1
Paul Wotzka  looked over a water well at his home in Altura, Minn., in April. Lawmakers directed $16 million to the problem of farm runoff pollution o

Lawmakers direct $16 million to clean up polluted wells, change farming practices in southeastern Minnesota

The Legislature declined to impose a fertilizer tax, which would have made farmers help pay to clean up runoff.
Local
June 1
Lance Hegland, who has muscular dystrophy, is lifted onto his wheelchair by personal care assistants Jenisca Awandem and Meash Lamar on Thursday in Br

Minnesotans fear disability benefits overhaul will lead to more institutionalization

The state is revamping its systems for assessing and funding services for people with disabilities. Those who rely on the critical waiver dollars are on edge.

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