Pat Kessler

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Pat Kessler knows Minnesota politics.

He’s been on the beat longer than any other TV reporter in the Twin Cities, covering state government, politics, campaigns and conventions since 1984.

Pat “pulls back the curtain” on what’s happening in government with stories both amusing and annoying, as well as reporting information you need to know to keep up on the issues that affect you most.

And Pat’s popular “Reality Check” segments separate fact from fiction in a political world that is often more fiction than fact.

Pat studied English and journalism at Macalester College in St. Paul.

He’s an avid reader, involved in many local volunteer programs and exhibits a particular fondness for baseball.

Before joining WCCO-TV, Pat was a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, and a technical assistant for “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.

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DNR Shutting Down Walleye Fishing On Mille Lacs

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton ramped up planning Monday for a special session to help Lake Mille Lacs businesses cope with a sudden end to the walleye fishing season, a blow to tourism on one of the state’s “Big Six” lakes.

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Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe Agrees To Halt Netting Due To Walleye Crisis

With the Minnesota state fish in crisis, a Native American tribe Friday said it would not net walleye on Lake Mille Lacs next year.

07/31/2015

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Minnesota’s 1965 Leaders Honored On 50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act

The Minnesota Secretary of State honored four surviving members of the Congressional delegation who came from different political parties, but share a bond. They all worked to pass the landmark Voting Rights Act to reverse decades of discrimination at the polls.

07/30/2015

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Dayton Prepared To Call Special Session For Mille Lacs Walleye Decline

Gov. Mark Dayton is considering a special legislative session to prevent what he calls “economic disaster” at Minnesota’s premiere walleye lake. Lake Mille Lacs is suffering from a decline in its walleye population that is so severe, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources may ban walleye fishing altogether.

07/28/2015

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GOP Lawmakers Call To Arm More Military Members

A group of GOP legislators on Monday announced a bill in the works to exempt active duty members of the military and Minnesota’s National Guard from the state’s gun permitting process. The legislation is expected to be introduced next year.

07/27/2015

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Reality Check: U.S. Bank Logo On New Vikings Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is now 65 percent complete, and is scheduled to open next summer. On the future home of the Vikings is one of the biggest NFL stadium logos in the country.

07/24/2015

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New Laws Aim To Prevent Insurance Fraud, Fake Medical Claims

Minnesota is one of the fastest growing states in the country for insurance fraud, but that could change soon because of tough new laws that go into effect Aug. 1. Last year, the number of staged crashes and fake medical claims in Minnesota rose an alarming 22 percent. That’s 3rd in the nation behind Florida and New York.

07/23/2015

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Dayton: Will Keep Seeking Money For Early Education

Gov. Mark Dayton is putting lawmakers on notice: They’ll have to pony up more for early education programs to unlock money for their priorities. Republican legislators have big plans for tax relief heading into the 2016 legislative session. But Dayton said Tuesday he won’t sign a tax bill if the Legislature doesn’t put up an “equitable” amount for early education.

07/21/2015

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Al Franken Slams Trump Following Statements On Sen. McCain

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken condemned on Monday remarks by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who said former prisoner of war and Sen. John McCain is “not a war hero.”

07/20/2015

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Will Downtown East Flourish From $1B Vikings Stadium?

U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is just one year away from completion. And supporters of the $1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium made a lot of development promises to get it built. But did they deliver?

07/17/2015

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3rd State Official Is Working For Medical Marijuana Grower

A third state official who helped write Minnesota’s medical cannabis law has gone to work for the company licensed to sell it.

07/16/2015

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Reality Check: Trip To Pluto Cost Less Than Vikings Stadium

NASA scientists and planet lovers everywhere are cheering the Pluto space probe, which is now sending images of the dwarf planet back to Earth. The cost of the 10-year voyage is raising eyebrows, but not for the reasons you might think.

07/15/2015

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Reality Check: Lobbyist Spending In Minnesota

Minnesota lobbyists spent $70 million last year to influence state decision makers, according to a new report from the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. And so far in 2015, that trend is not slowing down.

07/14/2015

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Walker Reminds Voters Of Union Wins As He Enters 2016 Race

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared his candidacy for president on Monday, casting himself as a “fighter” who muscled through an aggressive conservative agenda in a state that typically supports Democrats.

07/13/2015

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Reality Check: Gov. Mark Dayton Faces Criticism For Cabinet Raises

DFL Governor Mark Dayton is not backing down from criticism over huge pay hikes he gave his Cabinet. He says Minnesota’s top officials make less than other states. The two-term Democratic Governor says Minnesota’s top officials are underpaid.

07/02/2015

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GOP Calls Dayton ‘Out Of Touch’ Following Cabinet Pay Hike

Gov. Mark Dayton was preparing to announce pay raises for his state agency commissioners as Republicans were warning exorbitant increases would become a campaign issue next year.

07/01/2015

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Minnesota Home Care Workers Getting A Pay Hike

Tens of thousands of home care workers in the state are getting a raise on Wednesday.

06/30/2015

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Gay Marriage Opponents Pushing For Religious Exemption Bill

Critics of last week’s Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage say they’re not done fighting.

06/29/2015

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Minnesota Couples Celebrate Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Loring Park in Minneapolis this weekend to celebrate gay pride.

06/26/2015

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As SCOTUS Upholds Affordable Care Act, MN GOP Calls For MNsure’s Demise

The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

06/25/2015

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Dayton Vows To Attend Hearing For Sex Offender Program

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday the state will appeal a federal court ruling declaring the state’s sex offender program unconstitutional.

06/24/2015

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MPCA Citizens’ Board Holds Last Meeting, Supporters Vow To Fight

Just two weeks after it was abolished by the Minnesota Legislature, an influential environmental citizen’s board held its last meeting on Tuesday.

06/23/2015

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Hillary Clinton Fundraising In Minneapolis Monday

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is in Minneapolis Monday night. It’s her first Minnesota visit since she declared her candidacy for 2016 last spring.

06/22/2015

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Reality Check: Minnesota’s Sex Offender Treatment Program

Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program is getting sharp scrutiny after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. It turns out that Minnesota locks up more dangerous sex offenders than almost anywhere else.

06/18/2015

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Vikings Announce U.S. Bank As Naming Rights Partner For New Stadium

The Vikings have announced U.S. Bank as the naming-rights partner for the forthcoming stadium in downtown Minneapolis. After anonymous sources first reported the naming rights to the Sports Business Journal, the team formally announced a 20-year investment from U.S. Bank for the new facility, which will be called “U.S. Bank Stadium.”

06/15/2015

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