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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
GIRLS HOCKEY: Brainerd scores late to beat Bemidji
GYMNASTICS: Bemidji third at Davies Invite
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
Jenkauski birthday celebration
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
April 12, 2014
Legislature finishes some issues, several left for after break
ST. PAUL — The 2014 Minnesota Legislature is on an Easter-Passover recess, due to return April 22 to take up a number of unresolved issues. Many of the major issues have passed at least one house of the Legislature, some have passed both houses in differing forms so negotiations...
April 12, 2014 - 11:13pm
April 11, 2014
Minimum wage set to rise; Dayton expected to sign legislation after House passes bill
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s minimum wage is about to rise. After the House passed 71-60 a higher minimum wage Thursday, it heads to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign it into law. “I think this is a great trade off, minimum wage for a better life for a great many people...
April 11, 2014 - 12:24am
Legislature clarifies farmer market requirements
Charley Shaw Session Daily ST. PAUL —Minnesota’s food safety laws would be specifically tailored to address farmers markets under a bill headed to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Barrett, R-Lindstrom, and Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, was passed 129-0 by the...
April 11, 2014 - 12:17am
Senate passes second tax bill, different from House measure
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Senate on Thursday approved a second tax-cut bill that pretty much matches the total dollar number of tax breaks representatives approved earlier, but the two chambers go different routes to get there. Senators voted 57-6 for their $100 million tax-break...
April 11, 2014 - 12:13am
April 10, 2014
Dayton signs anti-bullying bill
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton put pen on paper 15 hours after final legislative approval of an anti-bullying bill, enacting a new law requiring schools to have bullying prevention policies and providing guidance about how they would be written. Dayton signed the bill...
news / region
April 10, 2014 - 11:41am
April 9, 2014
Dayton signs anti-bullying bill
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton put pen on paper 15 hours after final legislative approval of an anti-bullying bill, enacting a new law requiring schools to have bullying prevention policies and providing guidance about how they would be written. Dayton signed the bill late Wednesday...
April 9, 2014 - 11:56pm
Minnesota Senate approves $9.50 minimum wage
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Supporters of raising the state minimum wage say a bill senators passed Wednesday would boost 357,000 Minnesotans’ pay. The measure that passed 35-31 would raise the wage floor to $9.50 an hour at large businesses in three years. The...
April 9, 2014 - 11:26pm
House passes women’s economic aid
ST. PAUL — The fight to close Minnesota’s gender pay gap passed a major hurdle Wednesday when the state House passed the Women’s Economic Security Act. Supporters said the bill that passed 106-24 would advance their cause by requiring many businesses dealing with the state...
April 9, 2014 - 11:19pm
House votes to fight synthetic drugs
ST. PAUL — Minnesota representatives sent a strong message against synthetic drugs Wednesday, unanimously passing a bill to give a state agency more authority over them. “If you are not seeing this in your community, it is because you are not looking hard enough,” Rep. Erik...
April 9, 2014 - 11:15pm
Minnesota House House could take medical marijuana vote
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Minnesota state legislators could face a decision this legislative session about whether to approve marijuana for medical use, even though a medical marijuana bill is stalled in the House. Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, plans to offer...
April 9, 2014 - 12:22am
Minnesota Senate OKs $209 million budget addition
ST. PAUL — Minnesota senators want to tack $209 million onto a $39 billion, two-year budget that state leaders enacted a year ago. They also want to see how North Dakota’s oil boom is affecting Minnesota. The Senate voted 37-27 Tuesday night to increase spending for many programs,...
April 9, 2014 - 12:12am
April 5, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Does anti-bullying bill bully schools?
ST. PAUL — Republicans say that an anti-bullying bill actually increases bullying. They say that the bill senators passed Thursday bullies school districts by handing them an unfunded mandate. Sen. Dave Osmek, R-Mound, said the bill delivers one main message: “In St. Paul, we...
April 5, 2014 - 10:30pm
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