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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
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Verna Maryen Nordby
Blanche E. Dennis
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
Bemidji sings for the holidays
Art briefs - Sunday Dec. 21
Pioneer Previews: Dregni reads perfect for holiday break
Meet the new class: Green Day, Lou Reed among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
Pioneer Previews: Music for the holidays — and the food shelf
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
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Peter Hakim: U.S.-Cuba deal: What the two sides get out of the bargain
Peter Funt: Elizabeth Warren, don’t jump
Nat Hentoff: When will court trials begin on CIA torturers?
Danny Tyree: Empty seats at the Christmas table
Jim HIghtgower: Chris Christie’s pork barrel politics
February 28, 2013
State's projected deficit at $627 million, less than earlier forecast
ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s projected budget deficit for the next two years is lower than expected at $627 million, the Minnesota Management and Budget reported this morning. Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton will use this information to set the state’s budget over the next three...
news / region
February 28, 2013 - 9:44am
Saxhaug named to heritage council
BEMIDJI – State Senator Tom Saxhaug, DFL – Grand Rapids, has been named the majority member on the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC). This marks Saxhaug’s second time being appointed to the council. The LSOHC consists of eight public members and four legislative...
news / local
February 28, 2013 - 8:11am
February 26, 2013
Lawmakers consider doubling Minnesota tourism budget
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s resorts, government and residents would benefit from a larger tourism marketing effort, supporters of a bill to double its state support told a House committee. Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, told the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday that his plan to spend...
February 26, 2013 - 9:36pm
Legislative Notebook: Lawmakers want to increase elderly funding
ST. PAUL – A proposal to increase Minnesota long-term care funding could help elder care as baby boomers prepare to retire, supporters say, but overall state budget questions threaten its future. House and Senate legislators from both parties on Tuesday released a bill to increase...
February 26, 2013 - 9:18pm
David Olson:Dayton’s budget sorely lacking
Gov. Mark Dayton portrays his budget as transparent, free of gimmicks and protecting middle-class Minnesotans. Look closely, however, and his plan is lacking on all counts. The shortcomings are most glaring in the sales tax on business-to-business transactions. The proposal is part...
opinion / commentary
February 26, 2013 - 9:05pm
Social media tests bounds of Minn. meeting law
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — If a majority of members on a city council zing messages back and forth on Facebook, Twitter or another social media platform, is that considered an official government meeting? Not if a bill starting its travel through the Minnesota Legislature prevails....
news / region
February 26, 2013 - 9:19am
February 25, 2013
Sunday liquor sales stalled
ST. PAUL – Minnesotans must loudly demand that lawmakers approve Sunday alcohol sales if the proposal has a chance to pass, its Senate sponsor says. Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, said the House is not going to consider a Sunday sales bill this year, so he will not pursue it unless...
February 25, 2013 - 11:21pm
Lawmakers start debate over Minn.'s minimum wage
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — From a small tick up to a big bump, Minnesota lawmakers anxious to boost the state's minimum wage start making their case to colleagues this week. A Minnesota House panel opens its discussion of a probable hike to the floor wage Monday by reviewing presentations...
news / region
February 25, 2013 - 8:21am
February 22, 2013
Changes coming for trucking industry
DETROIT LAKES – If Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed budget passes, the trucking industry in Minnesota will be looking at some sizeable changes. Minnesota Trucking Association President John Hausladen spoke to trucking company owners and staff in the Detroit Lakes area Tuesday, telling...
February 22, 2013 - 2:02am
February 20, 2013
Senate panel studies expanded Minn. voting window
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bill to open Minnesota voting booths two weeks before an election and allow voting on weekends is raising constitutional questions. A Senate elections committee debated Wednesday whether it would violate Minnesota's constitutional clause designating one...
news / region
February 20, 2013 - 2:00pm
Younger children featured in budget plan
ST. PAUL – Adding money to early childhood education and all-day kindergarten programs, as Gov. Mark Dayton suggests, is important to Minnesota’s future, the state House education finance leader says. “Those two programs really pay dividends into the future,” Rep. Paul Marquart,...
February 20, 2013 - 12:41am
February 19, 2013
Sand mining testimony fractured
ST. PAUL – Sand mined in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin opens up cracks between rocks so oil and gas can be removed from the ground in places such as North Dakota. But mining the silica sand also is splitting residents of the areas where it is mined, as legislators...
February 19, 2013 - 7:33pm
Minn. lawmakers revisit teacher test requirement
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota lawmakers want to repeal a state law passed last year that requires all Minnesota teachers pass a reading, writing and math test to get a teaching license. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill last February after it won nearly unanimous support...
news / education
February 19, 2013 - 3:14pm
Animal advocates rally at Minn. Capitol
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota animal lovers who back a bill to tighten state regulations for professional dog and cat breeders are rallying at the Capitol. The Tuesday afternoon event is sponsored by a coalition of state humane societies and other groups that fight animal mistreatment....
news / region
February 19, 2013 - 10:35am
February 14, 2013
Hundreds at Capitol rally want gay marriage
ST. PAUL – Three mothers of gay men joined hundreds of others in the Minnesota Capitol on Thursday with one goal. “It’s important that they be treated equally,” Mabel Galvin said. Government should treat all citizens the same, added Kay Allen. And Therese Presley said government...
February 14, 2013 - 11:41pm