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Minnesota House Passes Spending Package

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Minnesota House passed a spending package Monday for public schools and universities that includes some small increases without dipping into the state’s $900 million budget surplus. 398 more words


After Losing Son, MN Legislator Works To Expand Opioid Prevention Programs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Dan Baker had just been kicked out of a drug treatment program for sharing medication with a roommate. With his family out of town on vacation, the 25-year-old took a TV from his parents’ empty house in Willmar and headed to Minneapolis in search of heroin. 917 more words


House Committee Approves Bill Extending Benefits To Iron Range Workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — House Republicans made progress Monday on linking a measure to extend unemployment benefits for laid-off Iron Range steelworkers with tax credits for the state’s businesses, but could face opposition from Democrats who don’t want the two items tied together. 344 more words


Rena Moran: Advocate, Legislator and Mother

Rena Moran’s political life began as a community organizer in her Saint Paul neighborhood and expanded as she geared up to run for office in 2010. 2,093 more words

House Democrats Seek More Funding To Combat Terror

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — House Democrats say more funding is needed to combat terror recruiting in Minnesota.

The large Somali community in Minneapolis has made it a primary target for terrorism recruitment — and the federal government’s anti-terrorism efforts. 110 more words


Control Of Minnesota House, Senate Up For Grabs In Upcoming Election

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – This fall, all 201 legislators in Minnesota are up for re-election.

The fight for control of the state House and Senate will largely center on a handful of rural districts. 40 more words


State Democrats Unveil Ambitious To-Do List For Rural Minnesotans

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Democrats in the State House Tuesday unveiled an ambitious “to do” list for rural Minnesota.

They say they’re prepared to use up to $400 million from the state’s huge budget surplus to start focusing on what they say are specific issues that are having a tremendous impact on rural Minnesota, and that Twin Cities residents might not even think about. 148 more words