ST. PAUL -- Twin Cities high school students calling for gun control shut down a Minnesota Senate committee hearing Monday, March 19. The group, led by Josh Groven of the School of Environmental Studies, took a microphone at a witness table when the Senate Judiciary Committee was discussing an unrelated topic. The committee recessed for a time before coming back and resuming the other topic, elder care. Groven and other students were removed from the meeting.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's prostate cancer can be cured, a Mayo Clinic official said on Thursday, Feb. 2, and he can continue his state chief executive duties. The governor visited the Rochester, Minn., clinic Tuesday and Wednesday to get information about the cancer diagnosis he received last month.
ST. PAUL—Soaring insurance premiums apparently jolted Minnesotans into seeking federal aid to pay for their policies. The state's health insurance marketplace, MNsure, announced on Tuesday, Nov. 29, that the number of Minnesotans getting financial aid for 2017 policies tripled over this year. Rural Minnesotans especially benefit from the aid, which comes from the federal government, MNsure Allison O'Toole said in a Forum News Service interview.
ST. PAUL—A Minnesota-based beauty school abruptly has closed all 79 campuses across the country. Regency Beauty Institute schools included five, serving about 430 students, in Minnesota: Duluth, Blaine, Burnsville, Maplewood and St. Cloud. "It is with great sadness that we announce that after more than 50 years of educating cosmetology students, Regency Beauty Institute is permanently closing on September 28, 2016," the for-profit school said on its website Thursday, Sept. 29.
ST. PAUL—Some headlines and social media posts made it sound like Donald Trump's name might not be on the Minnesota ballot on Nov. 8. That remains a possibility, but only if a judge orders his name removed. Former state Republican official Michael Brodkorb, now a blogger, warns that "voters should prepare themselves for lawsuits to be filed to challenge if Minnesota Republicans followed the law to get his name on the ballot."
MINNEAPOLIS—The Vikings, monster trucks and singers will share the new U.S. Bank Stadium with the best-known extreme sports competition. The X Games announced Wednesday that its 2017 and 2018 events will be at the Minneapolis stadium. "That's a whole different crowd," Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said in comparing the X Games to other sports events at the just-completed facility. The games attract a younger audience than more traditional sports.
ST. PAUL -- Stay tuned: Minnesota's governor and legislators will continue to talk about three potential topics of a special legislative session. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk Friday decided to give committees more time to discuss Iron Range unemployment extensions, meeting federal identification guidelines and helping black Minnesotans to recover from financial problems.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Marchers protested the death of a young black man at the hands of police. Police hunted men who fired into a crowd of protesters. Racial tensions heightened Tuesday in Minnesota's largest city. Hundreds marched to Minneapolis City Hall from near where 24-year-old Jamar Clark was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer early Nov. 15. Among their chants: "No justice, no peace. Prosecute the police." "Send those killer cops to jail."
ST. PAUL -- A potential Minnesota Legislature special session is gaining items that could be tacked to the agenda. Two of three key players agree that in addition to extending unemployment benefits to laid-off taconite mine workers, the state should begin taking steps to help resolve the issue of black Minnesotans economically falling further behind whites.
ST. PAUL -- A state agency failed to present enough evidence to justify requiring all new homes bigger than 4,500 square feet to include fire sprinklers, a Minnesota Appeals Court panel decided Tuesday. The three judges unanimously overturned the state Department of Labor and Industry's rule.