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Minimum Wage, Big Checks Spur Obama Minnesota Trip

President Barack Obama’s latest trip to Minnesota is about drawing attention to the state’s about-to-increase minimum wage and drawing campaign checks to assist House Democrats in the fall.

06/20/2014

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Obama Fetes Minnesota Lynx For WNBA Finals Win

President Barack Obama is praising the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx for setting a good example for his daughters and for girls across the country. Obama is honoring the team’s victory in the WNBA Finals in a White House ceremony. He says when young women play sports, they do better in school.

06/12/2014

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DNR: Mpls. Lock Closure ‘Step Forward’ In Halting Asian Carp

The Department of Natural Resources says a huge step forward was taken recently in the fight against Asian carp after President Barack Obama signed legislation to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock to boat traffic.

06/11/2014

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Obama Signs Bill Including Roseau Flood Protection

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a flood protection project for Roseau will be completed, thanks to the water projects bill signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama.

06/10/2014

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Obama Authorizes Red River Diversion Project

A water projects bill signed into law by President Barack Obama includes the proposed $2 billion Red River diversion for Fargo-Moorhead. Obama signed the bill Tuesday during a White House ceremony. Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker was on hand.

06/10/2014

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Good Question: Why Isn’t Dental Work Covered Under Most Health Plans?

Anyone who has had an infected tooth, a root canal or their wisdom teeth pulled might have wondered what Darlene from LeCenter asked us earlier this week: Why isn’t dental work covered under most health care plans?

05/15/2014

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Obama To Attend Mpls. Fundraiser In June

President Obama will be in Minneapolis next month to raise money for House Democrats. This will be one of more than 20 fundraisers Obama has committed to hold for Democrats ahead of the November elections.

05/02/2014

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Punch Pizza Inspires Small Business Owner To Raise Wages

A Twin Cities pizza chain is getting national attention once again for leading the way with higher employee wages. “Hi, everybody.  In my state of the union address, I talked about pizza.  More specifically, I talked about a pizza chain in Minneapolis – Punch Pizza – whose owner, John Soranno, made the business decision to give his employees a raise to ten bucks an hour,” President Obama said in his weekly address.

04/26/2014

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Obama Praises Lawmakers For Raising Minimum Wage

President Barack Obama is praising Minnesota lawmakers for raising the state’s minimum wage.

04/10/2014

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Minn. House Passes Bill To Close Gender Pay Gap

Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill that aims to close the pay gap between men and women. Data from the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota show that the median full-time annual earnings of a woman in the state is about $10,000 less than a man’s.

04/09/2014

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Lawmakers Push For Continued Great Lakes Funding

Members of Congress from the Great Lakes region are lobbying colleagues to continue funding a cleanup program for the inland seas.

04/08/2014

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Keidel: Ides (And Idols) Of March

March Madness is a lifeline in an otherwise barren winter sports calendar, an essential bridge between football and baseball

03/21/2014

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Gopher Women’s Hockey Team Invited To White House

President Barack Obama has invited the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team to the White House.

03/07/2014

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‘Things Are Going In The Wrong Direction’: Obama Critic At Union Depot

President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday was open to the public, but there was a limited number of tickets available.

02/26/2014

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Tickets Released For President Obama’s St. Paul Visit

President Barack Obama will be visiting St. Paul’s recently-renovated Union Depot on Wednesday, and people had a chance Monday to get tickets. The president is expected to announce a new competition to create jobs and restore infrastructure. Jill Martin from Roseville came to the Union Depot on Monday to get tickets, and says it’s a perfect location for the president’s visit.

02/24/2014

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Obama To Speak At St. Paul Event, Open To Public

President Barack Obama will be in St. Paul this week to discuss a new competition encouraging investments to create jobs.

02/23/2014

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Sources: Obama To Visit St. Paul’s Union Depot, Talk Public Transit

President Barack Obama will visit St. Paul’s Union Depot next week, sources say.

02/21/2014

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Sources: President Obama To Visit Minn. Next Week

President Barack Obama will visit Minnesota next week. Sources tell WCCO-TV political reporter Pat Kessler that the president will be in St. Paul on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

02/20/2014

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Luger Confirmed As Minnesota’s Next US Attorney

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed former federal prosecutor Andy Luger as the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota. Luger, an experienced litigator who is now in private practice, said he expects to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the next couple of days.

02/12/2014

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Good Question: Why Do White House State Dinners Cost So Much?

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted French President François Hollande for an official state dinner at the White House.

02/11/2014

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Dayton, Other Governors Write Obama Over Propone Shortage

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and six other governors are writing to President Obama asking for help in addressing the propone shortage and price increases. They are asking for the administration to help increase propane supplies through “every means of transport.”

02/04/2014

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Minimum Wage Debate Ramps Up Before 2014 Session

President Barack Obama shed a national spotlight on Minnesota Tuesday night when he praised a Minneapolis business owner during his State of the Union speech.

01/29/2014

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Deadline Extended For Health Insurance Sign-Up

The deadline to sign up for insurance on the government’s health care website arrived Tuesday, a day later than expected after the Obama administration granted those waiting until the last minute — or those tripped up by the site’s glitches — an extra day to enroll.

12/24/2013

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Former Klobuchar Counsel At Center Of Secret Iran Talks

Last summer, while Jake Sullivan was traveling with his boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he quietly disappeared during a stop in Paris. He showed up again a few days later, rejoining Clinton’s traveling contingent in Mongolia.

12/23/2013

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Obama Pardons Turkeys As Part Of Annual Rite

President Barack Obama spared two turkeys from the brine and the oven Wednesday, fulfilling the annual tradition of a presidential pardon for a couple of lucky birds ahead of Thanksgiving Day.

11/27/2013

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