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Marijuana wax receiving increased attention from law enforcement
Brother of alleged synthetic drug dealer plans to open smoke shop in Bemidji
Moderate Drought Conditions Continue
From Blackduck to Beijing: Former area resident Brandon Ferdig recounts his travels in new book, presentation
Grand Forks student competes in dancewear modeling contest
MEN'S HOCKEY: Former BSU defensman Prapavessis to sign with AHL Rochester
BASKETBALL: Bemidji hoops teams to move down to Class AAA
TRACK AND FIELD: Bagley/Fosston competes in the Paul Bunyan Classic
SOFTBALL: BSU sweeps Crookston in rare home game
Annual Chippewa Triathlon to be held June 13 in Cass Lake
Roger R. Aamold
Raymond A. Theisen
Blane Klemek: Ruffed grouse are the drummers of the woods
MASTER GARDENERS COLUMN: How best to protect the pollinators
John Eggers: The winter adventures of Simon and Simone
Patrick Guilfoile: Does finger length point to agreeableness?
MOLLY MIRON COLUMN: One of the most difficult, but most honored times of my career
Welcome to the 'Thunder' dome: Celtic Thunder to hit the stage Tuesday
Pioneer Previews: Oxcars on tap today
Art briefs - Sunday March 22
Art briefs - Sunday March 15
An extravaganza of guests: BSU, Headwaters to host variety of musicians this week
READER PHOTO: Sundog in the afternoon
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Meltdown makes things tricky for ice anglers
Photo of the Day: Pussy Willows
Blane Klemek: The northern cardinal is indeed a popular bird
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Fish are changing locations as spring approaches
Gerhardson birthday celebration
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why Congress wrote that letter to Iran
Rick Jensen: Bibi reveals Obama’s hypocrisy
Bob Franken: No voting, voting no
Byron York: As calls for more foreign workers, Senate hears of displaced Americans
Tina Dupuy: The anarcho-GOP
June 11, 2014
Paul Marquart: A great session for Greater Minnesota
We face unique economic challenges in Greater Minnesota that are too often ignored by our policymakers in the State Capitol. But these last two years were different. The Minnesota State Legislature has just completed the 2014 session and these were excellent sessions for us in Greater...
opinion / commentary
June 11, 2014 - 11:41pm
June 7, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Minnesota primary to be different
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republicans seldom duke it out in primary elections, but the Aug. 12 vote features a pair of GOP contests worth watching. In the Republican U.S. Senate race, unlikely party endorsee Mike McFadden will face Jim Abeler, who received...
June 7, 2014 - 10:51pm
May 31, 2014
Capitol Chatter: The Minnesota ‘L’ gets lots of political attention
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Few people other than politicians think about the Minnesota “L.” But the L is very important this election year as statewide offices and state House seats are up for election. Politicians are eager to get votes from rural Minnesotans...
May 31, 2014 - 11:25pm
May 24, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Minnesota political conventions provide interesting about-face
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — People attending next weekend’s Minnesota state political conventions may wonder if they are in the right place. Democratic-Farmer-Labor party delegates meet in Duluth, while Republicans are packing their bags for Rochester. But once...
May 24, 2014 - 10:38pm
May 22, 2014
Letter: State Legislature was friendly to college students
Bemidji State University students will remember the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions for their dramatic shifts away from harmful cuts and movement toward the long-awaited investments that began to address the unsustainable epidemic of student debt. These new investments — a vital...
opinion / letters
May 22, 2014 - 11:36pm
May 17, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Medical marijuana took a strange trip
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton said early in the year that medical marijuana would not pass the Minnesota Legislature this year. Dayton said that there would not be enough time in a short legislative session (it began Feb. 25) to reach a compromise between law enforcement officers...
May 17, 2014 - 10:44pm
Just-ended Minnesota legislative session was personal
ST. PAUL — Minnesota state Sen. Kent Eken fought for years to increase pay for those who care for the elderly and disabled, but as state legislators wound down their 2014 session, he made it personal. “I had a brother who was intellectually disabled,” Eken said about Kyle,...
May 17, 2014 - 10:40pm
Minnesota Legislature acts on lots of issues
ST. PAUL — The 2014 Minnesota Legislature ended late Friday with a long list of actions. Bonding Lawmakers approved more than $1 billion for public works projects on the last day of the session, some funded by bonding and some by a state budget surplus. The biggest single project...
May 17, 2014 - 10:35pm
Pipeline measures allow Legislature to flow to the end
ST. PAUL — Pipe dreams expressed early in the 2014 Minnesota legislative session gave way to pipelines as it neared an end Friday night. The House adjourned for the year at 8:59 p.m. Friday, with the Senate to follow after it finished debating a budget bill after two pipeline issues...
May 17, 2014 - 2:24am
Legislature: Construction spending up, taxes down slightly
ST. PAUL — Public construction projects across the state will receive more than $1 billion while some Minnesotans’ property taxes will fall slightly after legislators wrapped up two key bills Friday. When Gov. Mark Dayton signs the measure, which is expected soon, public works...
May 17, 2014 - 2:22am
May 15, 2014
Minnesota Legislature: Smartphone ‘kill switch’ required
ST. PAUL — Minnesota smartphones next year must include a way to disable them when stolen. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law Wednesday requiring mobile telephone companies to include “kill switches” on smartphones and connected tablets sold beginning July 1, 2015. This...
May 15, 2014 - 12:05am
Minnesota Legislature: Bonding bill due in House, but GOP balks
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House expects to debate a public works funding bill today without a controversial house fire sprinkler provision and with partial funding for a southwest Minnesota water project, but possibly without enough Republican support for the statewide construction...
May 15, 2014 - 12:02am
May 14, 2014
Minnesota Legislature: Oil safety provisions avoid pipelines
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers are on the verge of considering a bill that would help prevent oil train disasters and respond better if they occur, but the bill includes nothing about pipeline safety. That does not sit well with Gov. Mark Dayton and House Transportation Finance...
May 14, 2014 - 11:49pm
May 10, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Sunday sales an evergreen issue
ST. PAUL — Rod Skoe doesn’t understand why Sunday drinkers can’t plan ahead. Roger Reinert doesn’t understand why the state puts Minnesota liquor stores at a disadvantage to those in Wisconsin. The two Democratic state senators usually vote alike, but are on different sides...
May 10, 2014 - 10:50pm
House, Dayton put Minnesota closer to medical marijuana
ST. PAUL —Friday was a good day for Jeremy Pauling and others who long have worked to make medical marijuana legal in Minnesota. An overwhelming...
May 10, 2014 - 12:23am