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Park-Hopping Obama Strikes Chord About Gridlock

Over two days, President Barack Obama took in two of Minnesota’s most scenic parks all while he talked about how ugly Washington had become. Obama headed back to Washington on Friday after his stay in Minneapolis, where he spoke extensively about how gridlock has stymied economic progress.

06/27/2014

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Bills Would Honor Late Minnesota US Rep. Oberstar

Minnesota congressional members have introduced bills to honor the late U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. The legislation would rename the Chisholm (CHIS’-uhm) Post Office and portions of Highways 35 and 61 in Oberstar’s memory. U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, who now holds Oberstar’s seat, introduced the bipartisan bill. Minnesota Reps. Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison and Tim Walz signed on as sponsors.

06/27/2014

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Witnesses Say Apps Increase Stalkers’ Capabilities

Stalking victims face new threats in an era of smartphones and mobile apps and Congress should regulate them more closely, witnesses at a congressional hearing said Wednesday.

06/04/2014

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State Rep. Abeler Pushes To GOP Primary For Senate

Minnesota Republican legislator Jim Abeler says he’ll take his chances in a GOP primary for U.S. Senate against the party-endorsed candidate, Mike McFadden.

06/03/2014

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Republican Senate Runner Up Candidate Is Ready To Unify For Good Of The GOP

On Saturday, Minnesota Republicans endorsed investment banker Mike McFadden to take on DFL Senator Al Franken in the next election in November. Saint Louis County commissioner Chris Dahlberg, who lost to McFadden, is disappointed but is looking ahead in the campaign to unseat Franken.

05/31/2014

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Abeler Says He’ll Take Weekend To Decide On Senate

State Rep. Jim Abeler says he’ll take the weekend to decide whether to press forward in the Minnesota Senate race or bow out. Abeler left a primary campaign on the table. But he says Mike McFadden’s endorsement win “raises the bar” and would complicate a bid. Filing for the office closes Tuesday.

05/31/2014

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Republicans Opt For McFadden As US Senate Pick

Minnesota Republicans shaped the top of a high-stakes election ticket Saturday, endorsing investment banker Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate and voting on a favorite for governor as the party tries to end Democratic political dominance in the state. McFadden’s win spares him a hard primary fight and offers a clearer path to a November challenge to Democratic Sen. Al Franken. The race could help determine if U.S. Senate control flips from Democratic to Republican this fall.

05/31/2014

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Minnesota DFL Party Convention Convenes In Duluth

Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convened Saturday with delegates poised to endorse Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken for second terms. Around 1,300 delegates gathered at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to hear speakers praise the state’s Democratic elected officials for using their control of state government to champion their values. They cited new laws to raise the state’s minimum wage, invest in public schools and infrastructure projects, and legalize gay marriage.

05/31/2014

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GOP’s Dahlberg, McFadden Duel For Senate Nod

A county commissioner from northern Minnesota has been the leader from the get-go for the Republican endorsement in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race.

05/30/2014

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GOP Convention Won’t Decide Some Election Nominees

For Minnesota Republicans, this weekend’s convention in Rochester won’t deliver a typical knockout punch to all of the candidates who fail to get the endorsement of the party faithful.

05/29/2014

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Franken Calls On VA Secretary To Resign

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken is calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

05/28/2014

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Franken & Klobuchar: Administration Must Support Biodiesel

Senators from North Dakota and Minnesota say the Obama administration should retreat on a proposal to make significant changes to renewable fuel standards and show its support for the biodiesel industry. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota say that biodiesel production has led to thousands of jobs and remains a clean, safe form of energy.

05/14/2014

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Minnesota Going Wild Over Stanley Cup Playoffs

After a thrilling overtime win Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche, hockey fans have been rushing to get their hands on anything with a Wild logo on it. “This city is pumped. I mean this state’s pumped. We are ready to go,” said Corey Reding, one of many fans with an arm-full of merchandise Friday at The Hockey Lodge inside the Xcel Center.

05/02/2014

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Franken Ups His Campaign Bank Balance To $5.9M

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has nearly $6 million in reserve as his re-election bid heads deeper into campaign season. Franken’s campaign released totals Friday for the first three months of 2014. The first-term Democrat reported raising $2.72 million, leaving him with $5.9 million in cash on hand as of April 1.

04/11/2014

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Minnesota Senate Rivals Tied To Investment Firm

Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over people.

04/11/2014

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