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BIRCHMONT BEGINS: Brink shoots low round in first day of Men’s Championship qualifying
Amateur baseball: Blue Ox blitz Cass Lake for league playoff title
BASKETBALL: Return trip to Northern Iowa highlights BSU men's hoops schedule for 2014-15
VFW Baseball: Bemidji advances to state tournament
Bemidji Speedway: Berg wins Pure Stock Challenge race
Naomi Otillia Magoon-Colsen
Stephen David Vondras
Jared Robert Nash
Mary Ellen Johnson
John Eggers: Old advice is good advice: Use your brain
Patrick Guilfoile: Are our friends really family?
Blane Klemek: Several species of swallows thrive in Minnesota
What's new at the Beltrami County Fair Horticulture Area
Blane Klemek: Keeping an eye on the kestrels
‘Fargo’ Season 2 will be set in 1979, executive producer says
Art briefs - Sunday July 27
'Northern Bass' should be caught at Lake Bemidji State Park
Switchfoot at Sanford Center
Art briefs - Sunday July 20
Minnesota scales back deer hunt: Most areas in and around Bemidji will be in lottery zones
Hunting: DNR officials set 2014 wolf target harvest at 250 animals
Paul Nelson: Anglers switch to summer patterns on Bemidji area lakes
Single zebra mussel confirmed in Green Lake
Paul Nelson: Water temperatures remain cool in Bemidji area lakes
Kimmes anniversary celebrations
Pioneer editorial: The Lueken legacy
Rich Lowry: Hamas’ useful idiots
Cokie & Steven V. Roberts: What would Jesus say?
Proliferation of wolves threatens deer population
We all should be concerned about national security
April 3, 2014
Bill to close gender pay gap advances in Legislature
ST. PAUL — Minnesota women on average are paid 80 percent of wages men receive, and women who own businesses earn just 60 percent of male entrepreneurs. Bills to help close that gender pay gap are nearing votes in the Minnesota House and Senate. The House Ways and Means Committee...
April 3, 2014 - 12:22am
March 29, 2014
Letter: DNR puts the wolf’s future in jeopardy
The hunting season imposed on wolves so soon after they were removed from the endangered species list has caused great controversy and misunderstanding of the role of the wolf in our ecology. When I attended last week’s DNR meeting held with deer hunters, I witnessed why the DNR...
opinion / letters
March 29, 2014 - 11:01pm
Capitol Chatter: Medical marijuana keeps producing controversy
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Medical marijuana is a story that is not going away. A bill to legalize the plant to help people with extreme pain and children with seizures stalled, and Gov. Mark Dayton said he could not sign a medical marijuana bill if it did not have...
March 29, 2014 - 10:25pm
March 28, 2014
News analysis: The art of building a bill
ST. PAUL — You can just see the commercial: “State Rep. Michael Beard refused to vote for a bill giving Minnesota’s transportation system a much-needed $50 million boost.” Such commercials deliver only part of the story. Apart from being part of campaigns, the advertisements...
March 28, 2014 - 11:51pm
March 27, 2014
Parents go after Dayton marijuana stance
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Parents of suffering children used an emotional Wednesday news conference to blame Gov. Mark Dayton for killing a bill they would allow them to use marijuana to ease children’s seizures. A Woodbury parent said the governor should “put...
March 27, 2014 - 12:00am
March 26, 2014
Tears flow on both sides of payday loan debate at state Legislature
ST. PAUL — Tears flowed freely Wednesday as senators debated what normally is a rather dry issue: loans. Some people cried because it appeared lawmakers wanted to end short-term “payday loans.” Others cried because they blamed their loans for financial problems. The Senate...
March 26, 2014 - 11:44pm
Better communications latest Minnesota response to oil transportation
ST. PAUL — North Dakota oil is a regular discussion item around the Minnesota Legislature, with improving communications among oil transportation companies, public safety officials and state government the latest topic. Primarily, lawmakers have concentrated on how to deal with...
March 26, 2014 - 1:15am
Dayton delivers dim diagnosis for medical marijuana bill
Tom Scheck MPR New 91.3 FM ST. PAUL — The prospects that the Minnesota lawmakers will pass medical marijuana legislation this session appear to be fading. Gov. Mark Dayton said today his proposal to study one type of medical marijuana has been rejected by those who want broader...
March 26, 2014 - 12:55am
Feds plan to expand Clean Water Act enforcement
ST. PAUL — Federal clean-water policy has become as muddy over the years as some of the waters is was written to clean up, but on Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a change that could give government regulators clear authority over millions of acres of wetlands...
March 26, 2014 - 12:52am
March 22, 2014
Capitol Chatter: A taxing week at the Legislature
ST. PAUL — Legislative deadline weeks always are hectic, usually produce heated debates and sometimes result in major action. Count the past week as one that wrapped together all three. Deadline weeks, it should be explained, are those in which some bills must pass out of committees...
March 22, 2014 - 11:15pm
State advice: Don’t file tax returns this weekend
ST. PAUL —Minnesotans who have not filed their state income tax returns should wait until next week. State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans said that will give tax officials time to provide more specific advice about how a tax-cut bill legislators approved Friday will affect taxpayers....
March 22, 2014 - 12:31am
March 20, 2014
Bill aims to increase pay for women in Minnesota
Tom Scheck MPR News 91.3 FM St. Paul — A bill that aims to improve working conditions and pay for women is scheduled to be heard in a committee in the Minnesota House today. Backers say the Women’s Economic Security Act, which has quietly made its way through the Legislature,...
March 20, 2014 - 12:01am
March 19, 2014
Legislature: Panel moves toward oil disaster preparedness
ST. PAUL — Plans to train first responders such as firefighters to battle oil disasters are gaining traction in the Minnesota Legislature. “It takes just one of these trains at the wrong place at the wrong time for a catastrophe,” Rep. Jim Newberger, R-Becker, told fellow members...
March 19, 2014 - 11:57pm
March 18, 2014
Legislature: Panel OKs classes instead of tickets
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Local Minnesota governments could offer classes instead of fines to drivers ticketed for minor traffic violations, a House transportation committee decided Tuesday. On a unanimous vote, the committee approved a bill by Rep. Jay McNamar,...
March 18, 2014 - 11:55pm
Senate tax bill arrives after Dayton lobs stalling complaint
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL —Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday used his first public appearance since Feb. 8 to accuse fellow Democrats who lead the Senate of stalling a tax-cut bill until they won approval for a new Senate office building. An hour and a half later,...
March 18, 2014 - 11:52pm