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Minnesota Capitol Closed After Suspicious Packages Found

Construction crews have been cleared from the Minnesota Capitol building after workers found two suspicious packages.

07/27/2015

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Task Force Mulls Capitol Art Layout After Building Remodel

The massive renovation of the Minnesota Capitol has opened a new discussion topic: How much and what kind of art to put on the walls and in building corridors when the fix-up is complete.

07/06/2015

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Reports Offer Peek At State Capitol Lobbying In 2015 Session

Minnesota lawmakers dished out billions of dollars in a new budget assembled in a just-concluded legislative session. Groups spent millions lobbying for a slice or to alter policy sometimes closely tied to the state money.

06/16/2015

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Discord Over Environment Bill Could Mean Trouble At Capitol

A shaky coalition of lawmakers that compiled a package of environmental and agricultural programs may not hold up in a coming special session, forcing Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to seek enough support for a final piece of the state budget Thursday and pause their hopes for a Friday special session.

06/11/2015

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If It Comes To Special Session, When And Where Are Up In Air

If Gov. Mark Dayton follows through on an education bill veto threat, he’ll have to order lawmakers back to St. Paul for a second try.

05/18/2015

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Under Construction: Minnesota Leaders Scurry To Build Budget

Break out the hard hats: the real hammering in Minnesota’s construction-zone Capitol is about to start. There’s less than three weeks to the May 18 session adjournment deadline. So the pressure is on to nail down a deal on a new state budget and the fate of a nearly $1.9 billion surplus.

05/01/2015

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Man Returning To Earthquake-Ravaged Nepal To Help His Family

The rescue effort in Nepal ramped up even more Monday after much needed supplies reached the earthquake-ravaged area.

04/27/2015

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Case Against Sunday Liquor Sales Ban Made At The Capitol

Opponents of a ban on Sunday liquor store sales got a chance Wednesday to make their case to state lawmakers, even though repealing the ban probably won’t happen this year.

04/08/2015

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Costs Of Major Minnesota Capitol Renovation Creeping Up

A major renovation of the state Capitol is threatening to run $30 million over budget, state officials advised lawmakers Friday. Documents released to a commission overseeing the overhaul show the extra costs stem from water damage repairs, security improvements and other costs. Those overruns would increase the total cost by about 10 percent, to more than $300 million.

03/27/2015

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Uber Drivers, Supporters Rally Against Proposed Legislation

Many people watching March Madness games at local bars may use Uber to get home Thursday night. But supporters of the ride-share program say a bill at the Capitol would make working in the Twin Cities impossible. “I love driving Uber,” driver Dustin Simko said.

03/19/2015

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Civil War Buff At Capitol Could Help Would-Be Documentary

A Civil War buff in a powerful position at the Capitol could help a push to get state money for a documentary on Minnesota soldiers.

03/16/2015

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Crisis Behind Him, Dayton Faces Different Budget Pressure

A $1 billion surplus sounds like plenty for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to spread around for new education initiatives, tax cuts and road and bridge improvements.

01/25/2015

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Minnesota Sees Tax Collections Outpace Projections Again

Minnesota’s coffers are $212 million fuller than state finance officials thought they’d be at this stage.

01/12/2015

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Things To Know As Lawmakers Return

An altered power structure, new faces, old fights and an unrecognizable Capitol building will shape the Legislature’s 2015 session.

01/04/2015

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St. Paul Bustling As Twin Cities Marathon Nears

It’s a little wet and a little chilly, but that’s not stopping die hard runners! Runners from around the country, and right here at home, are in town for the Twin Cities Marathon that takes place Sunday.

10/04/2014

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More Guards Planned For Minnesota Capitol Complex

More uniformed security personnel are being hired to help keep watch on the state Capitol and nearby buildings. An advisory task force on Capitol security heard Wednesday that four additional state troopers and as many as two dozen trained security officers will be hired now that the Legislature has increased the security budget.

06/25/2014

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Dayton Off To Washington For Meetings, Lynx Honors

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is off to Washington for high-level meetings and a presidential tribute to the Minnesota Lynx, the WNBA’s reigning champs. Dayton was scheduled to be in the capital city for two days, starting Wednesday. His itinerary included a meeting with Minnesota’s two senators and the secretary of the Interior about federal funding for the multi-state water project that is vital to southwestern Minnesota.

06/11/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

A monthly chat with Jordan Goodman and other highlights can be heard by clicking the LINK ABOVE.

06/10/2014

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Artwork On The Move During Capitol Restoration

One by one, Minnesota’s governors are leaving the Minnesota State Capitol, carefully carried away, and crated. As the Capitol begins a massive restoration, the building’s artwork is temporally heading to a new home.

05/28/2014

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Podcast Page: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-22-14

Miss something from today’s show? Click the link above to head to Dave’s podcast page.

05/22/2014

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What Did 2014 Legislature Do For You? Here’s What

As Minnesota lawmakers break from the Capitol for the campaign, they leave behind a tale of two sessions. Last year: tax increases to fix a broken budget. This year: tax breaks from a budget surplus.

05/17/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-12-14

To listen to Monday’s editon of THE MORNING TAKE with BLOIS OLSON  click  To hear MIKE MAX discuss THE WILD and BLACKHAWKS GAME 5, Click To listen to MANKATO ATTORNEY ALLEN ESKINS talk about PHILIP […]

05/12/2014

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Senate Office Project Foe Objects To Bond Request

A former Minnesota lawmaker is objecting to the state’s demand that he cover millions of dollars in costs if he ends up delaying construction of a new Minnesota Senate office building.

05/07/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-5-14

The CEO of Target Corp. steps down. Dave Lee discussed it this morning….for those interviews and others, CLICK THE LINK ABOVE.

05/05/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-1-14

Miss something from today’s show? Click the LINK ABOVE to head to Dave Lee’s PODCAST PAGE.

05/01/2014

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