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Crime report for Dec. 8
Just around the corner for Culver's: Owner excited to bring ‘Butterburgers’ to Bemidji
Wrapping up 18 years of holiday cheer: Christmas Forest tree farm to close after this season
Polar vortex redux? Forecasters say it could hit next week
Blackduck boys basketball a mix of youth, experience
MEN'S HOCKEY: BSU skates to 1-1 draw with LSSU, wins first-ever shootout
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Jacks fall short to Apollo
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Northern knocks off Bemidji State
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Beavers fall flat in 88-61 loss
BHS wrestling in action at Brainerd
Glenn Arnold Conlon
Cloyd Olaf Kilde
Bruce Robert Smith
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Winter here, ice fishing will start soon
Where to fish when the lakes freeze: Numerous destinations within a few hours’ drive
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Trees, plainly put, are amazing life forms
Northwest Minnesota deer kill up from last year
Christmas bird count at Rydell refuge
May 2, 2016
UPDATED: Minnesota Senate bonding wish list: $1.5 billion; Bemidji-area projects included in funding
ST. PAUL -- House and Senate leaders are far apart about how much to spend on public works projects. Nearly $1 billion apart. Minnesota Democratic...
May 2, 2016 - 6:12pm
April 28, 2016
Highlights of Senate budget bill
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators passed a bill Thursday tweaking a $42 billion, two-year budget they approved a year ago, sending the changes to negotiations with the House and governor. Here are some highlights of Democratic senators' proposed changes for the next year: -- $91 million...
April 28, 2016 - 8:09pm
September 27, 2014
McFadden, Franken seek votes from greater Minnesota
ST. PAUL — The most-discussed greater Minnesota issue in the race between U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Mike McFadden, by far, is whether to allow a nickel-copper mine to open in northeastern Minnesota. Democrat Franken and Republican McFadden break along predictable party philosophies...
September 27, 2014 - 12:36am
September 11, 2014
Byron York: Will the Democrats now embrace the filibuster?
During Harry Reid’s tenure as majority leader, there has been no dirtier word in the Senate than “filibuster.” On perhaps a million occasions, Reid and his Democratic colleagues have accused Republicans of using the 60-vote requirement to obstruct the Senate and prevent lawmakers...
September 11, 2014 - 11:50pm
August 12, 2014
PRIMARY ELECTION: McFadden wins Republican U.S. Senate nod
ST. PAUL -- Well-financed Mike McFadden won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Tuesday's Minnesota primary election, and is set...
August 12, 2014 - 11:08pm
August 2, 2014
David Wise: Forcing the CIA to admit some ugly truths
George Tenet, who presided over the CIA when terrorist suspects were waterboarded and subjected to other forms of brutal “enhanced interrogation,” has set himself a near-impossible task. He is leading an effort to discredit an impending Senate committee report expected to lay...
August 2, 2014 - 10:44pm
July 9, 2014
Franken touts federal workforce bill: Says bipartisan legislation will help skills gap in Minnesota
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Wednesday showcased a bill intended to help narrow the job skills gap in Minnesota and nationwide that passed with bipartisan support the same day. In a phone interview, Franken noted the root law that the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity...
July 9, 2014 - 11:52pm
April 25, 2014
Medical marijuana Medical marijuana advanced by Minnesota Senate panel
By Christopher Snowbeck St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL -- A state Senate committee advanced a bill to legalize medical marijuana on a 7-3 vote Friday morning. The legislation next will be taken up by a rules committee in the Senate next week, said Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis....
April 25, 2014 - 12:34pm
April 9, 2014
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 7, 2014
House, Senate agree on minimum wage increase
By Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL -- Legislative leaders agreed to raise the Minnesota minimum wage to $9.50 an hour in...
April 7, 2014 - 1:21pm
March 11, 2014
Senate committee votes to suspend wolf hunt
ST. PAUL -- A bill that would suspend Minnesota’s wolf hunt was passed by a Senate committee Tuesday afternoon. The bill, passed by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, would put the hunt on hold “to study outcomes of the wolf hunt on the wolf population and to implement...
March 11, 2014 - 3:37pm
October 31, 2013
Ex-lawmaker files suit to stop Senate office building construction
Forum News Service ST. PAUL -- A former Minnesota House member who headed the public works committee is taking the state to court seeking to prevent construction of a new Senate office building. Former Rep. Jim Knoblach, R-St. Cloud, announced today that he is filing the...
October 31, 2013 - 11:17am
October 16, 2013
U.S. Senate backs debt crisis deal, House to vote next
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world's biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. The House...
October 16, 2013 - 8:59pm
October 15, 2013
U.S. Senators hopeful fiscal deal could pass Wednesday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. senators expressed hope that a bipartisan deal could emerge on Tuesday to end Washington's fiscal crisis even as Republicans in the House of Representatives said they were working on a separate plan. Even if Democrats and Republicans agree, it could...
October 15, 2013 - 7:10pm
May 21, 2013
Senate panel approves immigration bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Far-reaching legislation that grants a chance at citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a solid bipartisan vote Tuesday night after supporters somberly sidestepped a controversy over...
May 21, 2013 - 8:20pm