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Catch-and-release walleye season for Mille Lacs Lake again this year
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January 16, 2017
What's the holdup on Minnesota $300 million health insurance premium relief?
ST. PAUL—If both Republicans and Democrats agree that the state should pass $300 million in relief for Minnesotans struggling to pay their health insurance, why is it taking months to pass it? Part of the dispute reflects genuine disagreements about the best way to deliver 25...
January 16, 2017 - 11:44am
January 5, 2017
A focus on 'the big three': Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities to focus on transportation, taxes and bonding in 2017
BEMIDJI—The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities are ready for another legislative session in St. Paul with the hope of accomplishing...
January 5, 2017 - 7:45pm
Dayton proposes $1.5 billion bonding bill; BSU, Red Lake projects included
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton is bringing back a public works funding bill much like he offered last year, proposing to spend $1.5 billion on projects ranging from water treatment plants to fixing college buildings. “These projects have a direct economic benefit,” the governor...
January 5, 2017 - 8:12am
January 3, 2017
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: Move transportation funding into the fast lane
A universal you hear about government: fix the darn roads. Well, in Minnesota the past two years, legislators have failed their road test. Transportation funding has been a much discussed topic the past two legislative sessions. And it will be again when the session starts Tuesday,...
January 3, 2017 - 11:27am
January 1, 2017
COMMENTARY: State budget holds keys to college success
This Tuesday's start to the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature has me thinking not about the state budget or prospects for bond funding, but about the nearly 6,000 students at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. Don't misunderstand me. The budget that...
January 1, 2017 - 12:15am
December 30, 2016
ELECTIONS: Local GOP, DFL leaders optimistic about new primary change
BEMIDJI—As of Sunday, Minnesota will have a primary structure to coincide with its caucus system in determining presidential candidates,...
December 30, 2016 - 5:09pm
December 28, 2016
Local legislators appointed to a variety of committees
BEMIDJI—State GOP leaders appointed the Bemidji area's newly-elected legislators to a variety of committees at the capital ahead of the 2017 legislative session, which convenes next week. The Republican house and senate caucuses appointed District 2 and 5 Senators-Elect Paul...
December 28, 2016 - 6:50pm
December 20, 2016
Officials introduced to new delegation: Commissioners share the needs of Beltrami County with recently elected legislators
BEMIDJI -- Three newly elected state legislators met Tuesday with the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners to find out what causes they need to carry to St. Paul next year. The legislators present at the meeting included District 5 Sen.-elect Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids; District...
December 20, 2016 - 9:44pm
December 19, 2016
Dayton sick, but briefing on Minnesota legislative session will continue
ST. PAUL -- A look ahead to the 2017 Minnesota legislative session will be missing one vital voice today: Gov. Mark Dayton. His spokesman said...
December 19, 2016 - 10:48am
December 15, 2016
A committed team at the Capitol: Newly elected legislators promise to work together
BEMIDJI—Three newly elected state legislators met with Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce members Thursday in an effort to build connections...
December 15, 2016 - 8:13pm
November 21, 2016
Insurance rates spur talk of special session
ST. PAUL -- Talk of a Minnesota special legislative session to deal with soaring individual insurance policy rates continues, even as the 2017 regular session is just six weeks away. Gov. Mark Dayton said on Monday, Nov. 21, that he plans on Tuesday to unveil a new proposal about...
November 21, 2016 - 9:46pm
November 19, 2016
A legislative learning curve: New state representatives are preparing for first session
BEMIDJI—While newly elected legislators have yet to convene for their first session, local representatives are already getting to know their way around St. Paul. New representatives of Minnesota House Districts 5A and 2A, Matt Bliss, R-Pennington and Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook,...
November 19, 2016 - 6:28pm
November 17, 2016
Minnesota state workers to get parental leave, but it might not last
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state employees now have paid parental leave, though it may not last long. Gov. Mark Dayton’s office announced a plan Thursday to allow six weeks of paid parental leave for 32,000 state employees. But without legislative approval in the upcoming session, the...
November 17, 2016 - 8:59pm
November 9, 2016
Utke defeats incumbent Skoe in Senate 2 race
BEMIDJI—After months of campaigning in Minnesota Senate District 2, it was Republican candidate Paul Utke finishing ahead of Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, Tuesday with a 22,232-17,002 decision at the polls. Utke, a 59-year-old insurance agent and Park Rapids City Council member,...
November 9, 2016 - 7:34pm
Eichorn defeats Saxhaug in race for Senate District 5
BEMIDJI—In a race between two Grand Rapids resident for Minnesota Senate District 5, it was the challenger defeating the incumbent Tuesday. By a margin of 20,245-19,700, Republican candidate Justin Eichorn edged DFL Sen. Tom Saxhaug, ending the legislator's bid for a fifth term....
November 9, 2016 - 7:33pm