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.

Walz orders aim to protect safety net for vulnerable Minnesotans

March 20
The latest in a flurry of executive orders would provide emergency relief to older and disabled Minnesotans.
March 17
Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka: “If these regulatory barriers are not removed, someone will very likely die, and not because of COVID-19, but because of p

Minnesota disability service providers shut adult day centers, leaving thousands in the lurch

More than 3,500 adults with disabilities have been affected by the closures as providers seek emergency relief.
State + Local
March 16
Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead talked with Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, Chairman of the Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee be

Watchdog calls for stronger oversight of $1B Minn. home health program

Legislative auditor's report notes progress but urges stronger oversight of state program.
State + Local
March 6
New Horizon Academy has kept its north Minneapolis center afloat by spreading costs among the 80 centers in its network.

Minnesota faces sanctions for low child-care subsidies, state officials warn

After years of underfunding, Minnesota's state subsidies that help more than 15,000 low-income families have fallen well short of federal standards.
State + Local
March 5
Minnesotans voted in the presidential primary Tuesday.

How Minnesota voted in the 2020 Democratic primary, precinct by precinct

Explore a detailed map of each precinct's result showing where Joe Biden bested his rivals across Minnesota.
State + Local
March 1
Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, speaks at the Blue NC celebration at the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte,

Klobuchar says she's staying in for Super Tuesday despite distant S.C. finish

Welcome to a special edition of Hot Dish, the Star Tribune’s weekday newsletter on all things Minnesota politics. We're publishing special editions through the weekend…
State + Local
February 27
Disability advocates descended the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon after testifying in support of legislation that would

Minnesota advocates seek to abolish subminimum wages for people with disabilities

Thousands do assembly in "sheltered workshops."
State + Local
February 24
More than half of registered voters in Minnesota approve of the job Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is doing after his first full year in office, a new poll

Minnesota Poll finds Gov. Tim Walz's job approval at 56%

Fifty-six percent of those surveyed gave Gov. Tim Walz a favorable review, while a quarter disapproved of his performance. His marks are on par with former Gov. Mark Dayton's average during his eight years in office.
State + Local
February 23
President Donald Trump arrived for a campaign rally at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Doug Mills/The

Minnesota Poll: Voters split on Trump heading into election

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.
State + Local
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.
State + Local
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.
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.
State + Local
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.
State + Local
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.
State + Local
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.
State + Local
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.
State + Local
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…
State + Local
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.
State + Local
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.
State + Local
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.