Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- On Saturday, April 27, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will wake up around 3:45 a.m., don camouflage clothes, and try to shoot a wild turkey. Not just for himself, but to draw attention to wild turkey hunting, a springtime pursuit that’s at once comical and addictive. Making good on a campaign promise, Walz is holding the state’s first “governor’s turkey hunting opener” in the vein of the long-standing Governor’s Fishing Opener, the Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener inaugurated by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener started by Gov. Mark Dayton.
ST. PAUL — Two fishing rods per angler, or one? It’s a perennial question in Minnesota, and one that might spark heated disagreement in the otherwise-friendly confines of a boat. And it’s back — even with a partisan flavor. On Tuesday, April 23, the Republican-controlled state Senate voted to allow anglers to use two lines while fishing, while the Democratic-controlled House seems unlikely to agree.
MINNEAPOLIS - When Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz greeted President Donald Trump on the tarmac of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport’s Air Reserve Station Monday, April 15, he had two goals:
MINNEAPOLIS - On the day President Donald Trump is visiting Minnesota — tax filing deadline day — Gov. Tim Walz and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar are releasing their personal income taxes and calling on Trump to do the same. Trump is the first president in decades to not release his tax returns, although he has said at various times that he would.
ST. PAUL -- If all goes as expected, Minnesota will become a “hands-free” state Aug. 1, when a major new restriction on cellphones will take effect.
ST. PAUL — It’s a paradox: Minnesota farmers, those northern European-stock, stoic symbols of the prairie, are standing alongside undocumented Mexicans, Guatemalans and Liberians who now call Minnesota home. Together, they’re supporting a Democratic-backed plan to offer driver’s licenses to people in this state, and the country, illegally.
ST. PAUL — The salient question of how to balance public safety with the Second Amendment devolved Thursday, April 4, into games of political brinkmanship, with finger-pointing from both parties and arguments about arcane rules of procedure. This was without anyone actually debating the merits or failings of expanded background checks and so-called “red flag laws.” But by the late afternoon, the state’s top Republican had declared them both “dead.” Again.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota official at the center of questions about how the state investigates child care fraud fired back Friday, March 22, after being put on leave earlier in the week. “This controversy has become a political distraction and I am eager for the truth to come to light,” Carolyn Ham, inspector general for the Department of Human Services, said in a statement Friday. “The results of this investigation will show that there was no failure of leadership on my part.”
ST. PAUL — Two days after all of us lost an hour of our lives, Minnesota lawmakers Tuesday, March 12, took the first step toward ending the practice of changing our clocks twice a year. On Tuesday, a Senate committee overwhelmingly supported a bill that would make Minnesota follow only one time regimen all year. There’s bipartisan support for the idea, which reflects a perennial crankiness with our current system here and nationally, but it’s hard to tell if it will become law.