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New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings
Plea amended in Super Bowl sex assault case
Not the typical Christmas weather: No big snowfall expected, but motorists should be wary of icy road conditions
Sanford Bemidji faces Medicare penalty
Sloppy Pre-Christmas Weather
BOYS HOCKEY: Ranked Bemidji eyeing first victory at Roseau since 2011
BOYS BASKETBALL: Monticello sneaks out win at Bemidji
WOMEN'S HOCKEY; Ohio State stymies Bemidji State again, wins 2-1 as BSU skid hits 3 games
BOYS HOCKEY: Lumberjacks beat Brainerd 4-1, win seventh straight
WRESTLING: Maas wins second Big Bear title, three others take second
Evelyn "Grandma Evie" Nelson
Clifford "Bud" Premo
Flavia "Babe" Stately
Blane Klemek: The moon of popping trees
Scotty Allison: The need for local Veterans Home continues
John Eggers: The Christmas coincidence
Blane Klemek: Keeping the prairie alive along the Red River Basin
John Eggers: The Christmas Cookie Lady
Singing great Joe Cocker dies at 70
Art briefs - Sunday Dec. 21
Pioneer Previews: Dregni reads perfect for holiday break
Bemidji sings for the holidays
Meet the new class: Green Day, Lou Reed among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
Blane Klemek: Some stories about animal surprises
Blane Klemek: Great ideas for keeping birdfeeders squirrel-free
Blane Klemek: Birds of a feather. . .
Gothman wedding anniversary
Nyquist 90th birthday celebration
Quick 100th birthday celebration
Russell birthday celebration
Jenkauski birthday celebration
Rich Lowry: Obama’s Cuban olive branch
Cokie & Steven V. Roberts: Jeb, Hillary need each other
Pioneer Editorial: A time to come together
Peter Hakim: U.S.-Cuba deal: What the two sides get out of the bargain
Peter Funt: Elizabeth Warren, don’t jump
May 2, 2013
Legislative Notebook: Medical marijuana bill introduced ... for next year
ST. PAUL — People who have serious chronic illnesses such as cancer or multiple sclerosis could legally use marijuana to manage symptoms under a bill proposed in the Minnesota Legislature, a proposal even its supporters say will not see the light of day until next year. "It’s...
May 2, 2013 - 11:14pm
May 1, 2013
Senate looks at township aid
BEMIDJI —Ron Kinn isn’t sure how the Turtle River town board is going to compensate for the extra snowplowing costs from this winter season. “We’re just going to have to take a look at it, and maybe we’ll have to cut back on some of our other maintenance to make it up,”...
news / local
May 1, 2013 - 4:52pm
April 30, 2013
Minnesota tax plans vary
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House, Senate and governor’s tax plans vary in how they raise funds to cover a $627 million projected deficit and new investments. Here are some highlights from the three plans and how they compare: — Income taxes: Senate, raise third tier rate from...
April 30, 2013 - 12:52am
Senators pass tax bill following uncertainty
ST. PAUL – Minnesota senators passed a tax plan 35-31 Monday — eventually. It took two tries, but they moved the bill forward, nearly two hours after it initially failed 34-32 with seven Democrats voting no. The second vote set the stage for legislative leaders and Gov. Mark...
April 30, 2013 - 12:50am
House expands minimum wage bill
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House likely will approve a minimum wage increase later this week, after a committee Monday expanded the bill’s reach by doubling state-required parental leave for a new child. Under the amended measure by Rep Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, employers...
April 30, 2013 - 12:27am
April 22, 2013
Legislative Notebook: Day rally pushes clean energy
ST. PAUL – Gov. Mark Dayton said Minnesota should move toward cleaner energy and set a goal to eliminate power use from coal-fired plants, he told hundreds gathered at the Capitol. Those at the Monday rally pushed lawmakers to pass legislation setting solar electricity generation...
April 22, 2013 - 11:58pm
House OKs health funding without knowing hospital impact
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state representatives approved 70-64 a health-care spending bill late Monday without knowing how it would affect hospitals around the state. Most Democrats favored the bill while most Republicans opposed it. Highlighting debate was an amendment by Rep. Will Morgan,...
April 22, 2013 - 11:25pm
April 17, 2013
Moorhead visiting scholar prompts Capitol terrorism debate
ST. PAUL – A decision by Minnesota State University Moorhead to make a controversial figure a visiting scholar led state senators to argue whether public colleges and universities should be allowed to host or honor terrorists. Senators adopted a provision 58-6 Wednesday requiring...
April 17, 2013 - 7:18pm
April 15, 2013
House plan ups alcohol, cigarette, some income taxes
ST. PAUL – House Democrat leaders say they need to raise taxes on the richest Minnesotans’ incomes, alcohol and cigarettes to make funding top priorities possible. The extra $2.5 billion in revenue they would gain from new or expanded taxes would go to pay back state money owed...
April 15, 2013 - 10:26pm
April 9, 2013
House offers $800 million bonding bill
ST. PAUL -- The sponsor of the Minnesota House public works funding bill says it would help Minnesota continue its recovery from recession. Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, today unveiled House Democrats’ bill to fund construction projects such as those dealing with state-run colleges...
news / region
April 9, 2013 - 11:29am
Bill: Amnesty for intoxicated underage drinkers
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A proposed state law would give underage drinkers protection from prosecution if they call 911 because of a medical emergency. Winona State and Minnesota State University are among colleges across the country that have a similar policy on campus. DFL Rep....
news / region
April 9, 2013 - 8:51am
April 8, 2013
Key parts of Dayton Bonding plan
ST. PAUL – Here are major areas where Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposes borrowing money to fund public works projects: — Capitol building restoration, $109 million — Capitol area parking facility, $15.7 million — Correction facility upgrades, $50.3 million — Rehabilitation...
April 8, 2013 - 11:09pm
Dayton bonding proposals range from small projects to fixing state Capitol
ST. PAUL – Minnesota would borrow money for relatively small projects, such as $775,000 to improve Clara City streets, to a massive one all Minnesotans would notice, like the planned $109 million Capitol building renovation, under the governor’s public works funding proposal....
April 8, 2013 - 11:04pm
DFLer eyes pro sports gear tax for Vikings stadium
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A leading House Democrat has introduced a bill to add the state sales tax to team jerseys and other pro sports memorabilia to help cover the state's share of the new Vikings stadium. The proposal released Monday by state Rep. Ann Lenczewski of Bloomington...
news / region
April 8, 2013 - 4:36pm
Dayton proposes $750 million bonding bill
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton says 21,000 people would get jobs if the Legislature funds his $750 million public works project proposal. The Democratic governor said he emphasized projects that are ready to begin. They would be funded by the state selling bonds. The biggest Dayton...
news / region
April 8, 2013 - 1:05pm