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Detail-loving, behind-the-scenes organizer helps Honor Flights cruise smoothly
RiverWood Bank promotes Smith
Essig hired at Security Bank USA
Kraus-Anderson earns Governor's Safety Award
Barta returns to Bemidji State
Dillon captures wet Coca-Cola 600 for 1st Cup win
Lynx remain perfect with win over Stars
Rays' 15th-inning blasts sink Twins
Kisner earns one-shot win at Dean & Deluca Invitational
Feng limps to one-stroke LPGA victory despite two late bogeys
Vernon Vanden Berg
Adren "Ade" Mann
Myrtle "Elaine" Miller
John Ted Iverson
LIBRARY CORNER: Ready for summer at the Library
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Making a case for wood ticks
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Make the last day of school a good day
SUSTAINABILITY COLUMN: Bemidji is ‘Home Sweet Home’ for the birds
VIVIAN DELGADO COLUMN: Critical Race Theories: What are they all about?
Intermediate Watercolors class with Jane Freeman
Young Songwriters Workshop set for June 17
Season tickets for 2017-18 BSO season
Cass Lake Bena student wins Congressional Art Competition
‘Color of Life’ exhibit at library
Public celebration at Big Bog
FISH TALES: Pam Johnson on Lake Winnie
PAUL NELSON FISHING COLUMN: Warmer temps should lead to better bite
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: House sparrows and European starlings are hardy survivors
New upgrades at Norway Beach campgrounds
Torry's Van Benefit
AstroBob: Observing alert -- space station marathon is underway
Column: Lessons from a great leader
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tanner left an indelible mark on many lives
25 ways to slow down and enjoy the summer
POW! BAM! WHAM! How to put the ARRRRR back in America.
March 15, 2014
Judge orders change, Minnesota sex offender program remains same
ST. PAUL — A federal judge’s pressure on Minnesota officials to change how the state deals with sex offenders does not appear to be producing results. Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday he does not expect this year’s Legislature to act on the situation, and legislative leaders...
March 15, 2014 - 1:28am
March 10, 2014
Broadband bill advances in Senate committee
ST. PAUL -- A Senate committee unanimously voted to spend $100 million next year to boost rural high-speed Internet. The committee deals with rural issues, and is composed mostly of rural lawmakers. The bill could face opposition in its next stop, the Senate Finance Committee....
March 10, 2014 - 7:54pm
March 8, 2014
Minimum wage hike may raise prices, won’t cost jobs
Mark Zdechlik MPR News 91.3 FM St. Paul — Efforts by Minnesota’s Democratic legislators to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour have alarmed some business leaders, who say a higher wage would cost jobs and hurt economic growth. But proponents of a higher minimum wage say...
March 8, 2014 - 11:20pm
March 3, 2014
Bill makes it harder to pass amendments
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota Senate committee Monday approved two similar bills to make it more difficult to send proposed constitutional amendments to the public. Current law requires a simple majority of legislators to approve a proposed amendment. The committee approved requiring...
March 3, 2014 - 7:08pm
Rally held against bullying at Capitol
ST. PAUL -- Hundreds of people rallied Monday in favor of a bill to require tougher anti-bullying policies in Minnesota schools. Many of those in the state Capitol rotunda also joined in pro-gay marriage rallies last year. The bill would define bullying and require each...
March 3, 2014 - 7:05pm
February 28, 2014
UPDATED: Minnesota surplus up to $1.2 billion
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota and national economies are growing and so is a state budget surplus, but an agreement about what to do with the surplus appears not to be growing so fast. A report released this morning shows the state has a $1.2 billion surplus, $408 million more...
February 28, 2014 - 9:37am
Minnesota Legislature approves $20 million in heating assistance
By Doug Belden St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL -- A bill appropriating $20 million in state money for supplemental heating assistance passed both chambers of the state Legislature on Thursday and is headed to the governor, who says he’ll sign it immediately....
February 28, 2014 - 9:13am
February 24, 2014
Analysis: Election-year politics never will be far from legislators
ST. PAUL — Politics and legislating always are intertwined, but they could be even more so in the Minnesota Legislature this year. Minnesota’s 201 state lawmakers return to St. Paul today for a shorter-than-normal 2014 legislative session (they must be done by May 19), with a...
February 24, 2014 - 10:16pm
January 22, 2014
Letter: Share ideas for making state more efficient
Our next legislative session will be starting soon, and before I head back down to St. Paul, I want to hear from you. Gov. Dayton is referring to this next session as an “unsession” where we can look for ways to make state government more efficient. Even when we’re on track...
January 22, 2014 - 10:57pm
January 15, 2014
Dayton expects quick decision on running mate
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters Wednesday he wants to make a decision soon about who will replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon as his running mate. But he gave no hint as to who he might be considering to replace the former state senator from Duluth. Dayton said gender...
January 15, 2014 - 7:26pm
January 14, 2014
State urges quick decision on stadium suit so work can proceed
ST. PAUL — Minnesota officials say a trio of Minneapolis people seeking to stop construction of a Vikings stadium timed a lawsuit just before financing was to be arranged to gum up plans. The state filed a response to the lawsuit Tuesday, urging a quick Minnesota Supreme Court...
January 14, 2014 - 7:28pm
Minnesota Republicans want Senate building killed
ST. PAUL — Republican senators say they want a proposed Minnesota Senate office building plan canceled. Some will have a chance to talk about it and vote against it Wednesday, when the Senate Rules Committee is supposed to decide whether construction will begin. The Democratic-controlled...
January 14, 2014 - 7:26pm
January 10, 2014
State revenues better than forecast
ST. PAUL — December revenues collected by Minnesota state government were 5.4 percent higher than expected just a month ago. Minnesota Management and Budget reported Friday that individual income tax payments were $90 million more than planned in December, up 6.7 percent. Sales...
January 10, 2014 - 7:23pm
January 6, 2014
Ex-Minn. House speaker Searle dies
WASECA, Minn. -- A southern Minnesota farmer who became speaker of the state House died Sunday in his hometown of Waseca. Rod Searle, 93, served in the House from 1957 to 1981. He also was president of the Minnesota State University System for a time. In his last two...
January 6, 2014 - 8:19pm
December 9, 2013
Peterson: Farm bill talks close
WASHINGTON — After months of doubt, the top House Democrat in ongoing negotiations says lawmakers are a near a deal that would pave the way for passing a farm bill in the next month. Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, one of four House and Senate negotiators working behind the scenes...
December 9, 2013 - 10:29pm