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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.

DFL apologizes to Anoka County Board candidate for mistakenly endorsing her in nonpartisan election

October 22
Cindy Hansen disavowed the erroneous endorsement in the traditionally conservative district.
State + Local
October 23
Minneapolis voters cast ballots at the Early Vote Center earlier in October.

Minneapolis, Hennepin County now offering in-person voting on weekends

Minneapolis and other Hennepin County voters who wish to cast their ballot early and in person can now do so on weekends. Minneapolis will open…
State + Local
October 23
Todd Gallagher prepares mail-in ballot envelopes including an "I voted" sticker in Minneapolis in July. Absentee ballots are being requested at a reco

An election like no other: Tracking Minnesota's early voting

With more than 1 million absentee votes already accepted, Minnesotans are trending well ahead of previous election early voting after only two weeks.
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October 20
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October 16
Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester, the driving force for he bonding bill in the Senate, got a fist bump from Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East

Minn. Senate approves $1.9B infrastructure package

The passage marked the end of months of contentious negotiations over a measure supporters say will provide an infusion of cash and jobs into state and local economies. The measure also includes tax changes backed by Republicans.
State + Local
October 15
Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, spoke with Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia, left, and Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, right, befo

Minnesota House passes $1.9 billion infrastructure bonding bill

The legislation, approved 100-34 with the help of 25 Republicans, now heads to the state Senate. Lawmakers and construction industry workers described it as an economic stimulus package that could create thousands of jobs in the pandemic.
Coronavirus
October 14
A Minnesota National Guardsman wore medical gloves to a free testing event at the Minneapolis Armory in May.

Minnesota Guard called in for virus outbreaks at two nursing homes

The emergency deployments to the Austin and Hibbing facilities reflect a severe staffing shortage amplified by the pandemic.
State + Local
October 13
Nancy Gossell voted in July at the Minneapolis Early Vote Center ahead of the primary.

Minneapolis voters will find two extra questions on their ballots. Here's what they mean

Minneapolis voters will make two decisions this fall that could scramble the city election cycle. The first question on the Nov. 3 ballot will ask…
Coronavirus
October 13
Carla Gillespie with her son Dylan visited her mother, Evelyn Solberg at the Jones-Harrison Residence on Monday, Oct. 12. It was the first time famili

State lifts curbs on indoor visits to senior homes, but urges caution

Lifting of the lockdown poses fresh challenges for many of Minnesota's 2,100 long-term care facilities, which are struggling to keep the virus at bay amid a troubling increase in cases across the region.
State + Local
October 9
Early voting at Martin Luther King Rec Center, 271 Mackubin St, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

How to vote in the 2020 elections in Minnesota

How do I get an absentee ballot? What if I'm not registered to vote? Here's what you need to know to cast your ballot.
Duluth
October 2
Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services staff prepared mail-in ballot envelopes, including an "I voted" sticker. Because of COVID-19, Minnesota is wa

What happens to your Minnesota absentee ballot after you mail it?

Minnesota has seen a surge of interest in absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election, as more voters opt to vote early or by mail in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
State + Local
October 1
Vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, shown Monday in Raleigh, N.C., told the DFL the path to the presidency “runs straight through Minnes

Harris: The path to the presidency 'runs straight through Minnesota'

In a pretaped address a day after Trump hosted a rally in the state, she pledged to build on party momentum.
State + Local
September 30
Long Her, a Hmong refugee, voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but now he's considering voting for Trump after his business, New Fashions Tailoring & A

Riot-scarred business owners find sympathetic ear in Trump

Some Twin Cities entrepreneurs of color who suffered losses from the riots after George Floyd's death are wrestling with the political implications of Trump using their stories to blame Democrats for permitting the chaos.
State + Local
September 7
Gov. Tim Walz, right, spoke with Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka after the Minnesota state budget and economic forecast on Dec. 5, 2019.

Republicans could oust more of governor's agency heads

The DFL governor is expected to call the fourth session of the summer on Friday, despite the possibility that Senate Republicans could use the occasion to vote out more members of his administration.
Coronavirus
August 25
Nurse Julia Marek peeled a bar coded label off the hand of Rose Mogi before obtaining a mid-nasal sample from her during routine weekly testing for CO

Hundreds of Minnesota nursing homes to receive rapid testing kits

The devices, also known as "point-of-care" tests, should help nursing homes move more quickly to treat infected residents and staffers, as well as isolate them sooner before they spread the virus to others.
State + Local
August 25
Former DFL legislator Steve Wenzel of Little Falls held a photo of himself taken June of 1972 of himself with DFL heavy hitters Walter Mondale, Hubert

Trump backers eye disenchanted Dems in greater Minnesota

While the president's poll numbers have dropped, some believe support for Trump's re-election has solidified in rural farming communities and in northern Minnesota, historically a DFL stronghold.
Coronavirus
August 19
Julia Marek, a registered nurse, opened the wrapper on a fresh swab before obtaining a nasal sample from another staffer at the Jones-Harrison Residen

As cases surge, nursing home inspectors not routinely tested

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the agency intends to start testing staffers who visit long-term care facilities.
State + Local
July 24
Tony Vang, left, with nonprofit People Incorporated, handed out new socks to Tou Vang in an encampment in eastern St. Paul.

Minnesota launches pioneering Medicaid program to combat homelessness

Minnesota becomes the first state to offer housing support services in its basic Medicaid health plan.
State + Local
July 21
Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen.

U.S. Senate confirms Minnesotan as next Army National Guard director

The U.S. Senate confirmed the head of the Minnesota National Guard to lead the Army National Guard's forces nationally.The promotion of Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen…
Coronavirus
July 13
Gladys Falk, left, with her daughter Candace Falk during a visit to her senior home. Gladys Falk died COVID-19 on June 2.

Stronger senior care protections sought across Minnesota

As lawmakers reconvene this week for a special session, elder care advocates and families are renewing their push for new consumer safeguards to protect thousands of seniors who live in lightly regulated assisted- living facilities.
State + Local
July 13
Chris Hvinden looked over to Judge Judith Tilsen while being recognized for his accomplishments in Ramsey County District Court during the the veteran

Vets make special session push to expand veterans courts statewide

They want law for venue to keep vets out of prison.