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State jobless rate fell to 3.1% in December
Defamation suit follows larger one by Dominion
The St. Paul City Council approved an ordinance amendment that makes it a misdemeanor to transport a converter without proof of ownership.
In back-to-back votes late on Wednesday, Senate Republicans first blocked Democrats' move to advance the voting rights legislation toward passage. It was the fifth time in less than a year that they did so.

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The senator said that while he was privy to more details of the case, he could not provide specific details and referred further questions to Groszhans’ family.
House Climate Caucus Chair Patty Acomb, DFL-Minnetonka, said 2021 was yet another year of extreme weather events offering a preview of the climate in years to come unless lawmakers take bold action on the environment.
Public feedback regarding outdoor dining and possible effects to downtown parking and safety took center stage at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Voting is now available at mndot.gov/nameasnowplow and will be open through Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Rep. Luke Frederick said the questionnaire sent to potential jurors for a criminal sex cases needs to be improved.
While the Jan. 4 Beltrami County Commissioners meeting saw the approval of weekly coronavirus testing and facemasks for unvaccinated Beltrami County employees, recent Supreme Court action prompted different action on the matter on Tuesday.

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The governor said Minnesota should use its strong financial position to invest in infrastructure, refurbishing buildings and other projects around the state.
Internationally, closed mines and refineries during the pandemic have contributed to major supply-chain shortages, increasing demand for rhodium, palladium and other precious metals found in the converters, which are designed to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions.
Both Democrats and Republicans put forward proposals to curb violence in the Twin Cities metro area weeks before the 2022 legislative session was set to start.

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