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Hobby Lobby construction begins in Bemidji
Regional library director’s job remains up in air
2 Minnesota deaths blamed on tainted caramel apples
MNsure extends enrollment deadline
Fergus Falls man gets 12 years for murdering nephew
BOYS BASKETBALL: Monticello sneaks out win at Bemidji
FOOTBALL: NDSU wins to advance to national finals, but Bemidji's Woods injured
GIRLS HOCKEY: Thief River Falls blanks Bemidji
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Beavers get first NSIC win
WRESTLING: Bemidji, BCLB have good days at Big Bear
Verna Maryen Nordby
Blanche E. Dennis
Blane Klemek: Keeping the prairie alive along the Red River Basin
John Eggers: The Christmas Cookie Lady
Patrick Guilfoile: A kiss may not be just a kiss
Jane Furuseth: Readers Theater volunteers encourage the love of reading
Doug Lewandowski: Becoming our parents
A holiday on the beach: Beach Boys to perform hits, Christmas music at the Sanford Center
Pioneer Previews: Music for the holidays — and the food shelf
Art briefs - Sunday Dec. 7
An everlasting tour comes to Bemidji: Martina McBride to highlight latest album of classic songs
Pioneer Previews: Winter joy, winter cold and winter fun
Blane Klemek: Some stories about animal surprises
Blane Klemek: Great ideas for keeping birdfeeders squirrel-free
Blane Klemek: Birds of a feather. . .
Quick 100th birthday celebration
Russell birthday celebration
Jenkauski birthday celebration
Niskanen birthday celebration
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
Byron York: Obama opens fraud-ridden benefits program to illegal immigrants
Dick Polman: Thank Cruz for the Surgeon General the NRA hates
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
May 9, 2014
The Minnesota Legislature’s end is near
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House takes up medical marijuana today in what could be a debate lasting well into the night, while pieces fall into place on tax and spending bills as the Minnesota Legislature nears the end of its 2014 session. Debate on the much-discussed proposal to...
May 9, 2014 - 5:20pm
Negotiators agree to new type of ‘Jesse checks’
ST. PAUL — Farmers, homeowners, renters and businesses would share $103 million in a second round of Minnesota tax cuts after negotiators worked out a compromise that is expected to pass the Legislature next week. Lawmakers from both parties hailed the agreement Thursday, saying...
May 9, 2014 - 5:03pm
May 7, 2014
Minnesota Senate OKs medical marijuana
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Minnesotans suffering conditions they feel only marijuana can help cheered Tuesday as senators overwhelmingly approved using extracts from the plant for medical uses. Meanwhile, state representatives prepared to debate the issue as early...
May 7, 2014 - 12:01am
May 5, 2014
Growlers taken out of alcohol bill
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota supporters of Sunday alcohol sales are growling today. The Senate Taxes Committee Monday removed a provision from an overall alcohol bill to allow the sale of growlers on Sundays. Growlers, refillable beer containers, would have been allowed to...
May 5, 2014 - 8:14pm
May 2, 2014
Minnesota medical marijuana plan set to advance
ST. PAUL — Amelia Weaver gets a legislative hearing for her eighth birthday today. Her parents, Josh and Angie of Hibbing, hope it is a happy...
May 2, 2014 - 12:02am
May 1, 2014
State of the State: Greater Minnesota gets Dayton shout-out
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton focused much of his State of the State speech Wednesday night on greater Minnesota,...
May 1, 2014 - 12:32am
House votes to keep guns away from domestic abusers
ST. PAUL — A compromise between gun supporters and those who want to protect domestic abuse victims won overwhelming approval in the House on Wednesday as representatives voted to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. “We know that the presence of a gun during a highly volatile...
May 1, 2014 - 12:27am
April 29, 2014
House OKs bill to phase out part-time peace officers
Mike Cook Session Daily ST. PAUL — There are 175 licensed part-time peace officers in Minnesota and a bill awaiting Senate consideration would ensure that number never increases. The House on Monday passed 97-26 the bill that would prohibit law enforcement agencies from hiring...
April 29, 2014 - 11:33pm
April 26, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Swanson urges clarifying get-out-of-jail-free provision
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislators have carried what popularly is known as get-out-of-jail-free cards since the 1980s, with the understanding that showing the card would prevent them from being arrested for crimes when the Legislature is in session. State Attorney General Lori Swanson...
April 26, 2014 - 11:12pm
April 19, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Marijuana issue remains clouded at Legislature
ST. PAUL — News from the past few days is sure to enter into Minnesota legislative debate as some lawmakers push to allow marijuana use by children with seizures and people suffering severe pain. Perhaps the most discussed topic will be a new study news agency covered: “Young,...
April 19, 2014 - 11:27pm
April 12, 2014
Legislature takes break with much done, much left
ST. PAUL —The looks on Minnesota legislators’ faces before they began a holiday break told the story: They are tired. The 201 legislators put in long hours the past couple of weeks debating and initially passing pretty much every major bill of the 2014 session, often going well...
April 12, 2014 - 11:30pm
Capitol Chatter: GOP offered bonding deal before bullying, wage votes
ST. PAUL — Republicans passionately fought an anti-bullying bill that the Democrat-controlled House passed in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, after a nearly 12-hour debate. GOP representatives said the proposal to require school districts to implement strong bullying policies,...
April 12, 2014 - 11:15pm