Poll: Opinions Vary On How To Spend $1.2B MN SurplusA new poll shows Minnesotans are divided on how to spend a $1.2 billion state surplus. About 30 percent of respondents want the money refunded to taxpayers. Roughly the same number of people say the state should save the surplus and another 31 percent say spent it.
Gov., Legislative Leaders Talk Special Session, To No AvailIt's time for a special session status check. Gov. Mark Dayton was set to meet with legislative leaders Thursday morning to discuss his hopes for an emergency session before the Legislature's scheduled March 8 return.
State Democrats Unveil Ambitious To-Do List For Rural MinnesotansDFL lawmakers 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.
Sen. Reinert Of Duluth Says He Won't Run Again State Sen. Roger Reinert has announced he won't run for re-election. The Duluth DFLer said in a statement Sunday that after serving more than a decade in public office, he's ready for the next chapter in his life.
Gov. Dayton Wants Special Session Answers Next WeekGov. Mark Dayton has asked legislative leaders to make a final call by the end of next week on whether to hold a special session, he told The Associated Press in a Thursday interview.
Clinton, Sanders To Headline February Democratic FundraiserAll three Democratic contenders for president are heading to Minnesota for a state party fundraiser.
Voters In Koochiching Co. Replace Rep. Dill With DFL CandidateVoters in northeastern Minnesota have chosen a Koochiching County commissioner to replace the late state Rep. David Dill.
DFL Sen. Tom Bakk Says GOP's PolyMet Move Could BackfireMinnesota's Senate majority leader says he's worried a Republican push to make a special session contingent on a PolyMet project pledge could do more harm than good.
Nolan In For Another Term In CongressU. S. Rep. Rick Nolan plans to seek another term representing Minnesota's 8th congressional district next year. The 71-year-old DFL congressman is in his fifth term in the House and his second representing the voters of northeastern and central Minnesota. Nolan narrowly defeated Mills Fleet Farm heir Stewart Mills in the swing district in November. A Republican candidate has not yet emerged.
Clinton's Visit Prompts Response From Republican Party Of MinnesotaThe front-runner for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination is visiting Minneapolis Monday. Hillary Rodham Clinton is holding a fundraiser at the home of Ellen Goldberg Luger, wife of Andy Luger, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota.
For Senate Leader Bakk, Session's End Exposes DivisionsAll eyes heading into this year's legislative session were on new House Speaker Kurt Daudt, under pressure to hold together 71 fellow Republicans back in power and eager to slash government spending.
Senate Fills In Bubble For Early Voting, House Not On BoardMinnesota state senators have filled in the bubble for early voting.