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2016 Ryder Cup Pitch Comes Up Short With Minnesota Officials

The 2016 Ryder Cup was awarded to the Hazeltine National Golf Club near Minneapolis years ago, however its promoters quietly recently tried to wedge money into Minnesota’s new state budget for logistical assistance and sponsorships of the event.

07/03/2015

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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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Dayton Decision On Cabinet Pay Raises Due This Week

The one-day window for Gov. Mark Dayton to raise the pay of state agency commissioners arrives on Wednesday. Dayton said Monday he will base his pay-raise decisions on the need to attract and retain top-notch managers.

06/29/2015

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Historic Confederate Flag In Minnesota Also Once Caused Debate

Gov. Nikki Haley called for the confederate flag to be moved from its post in front of the state house. As it turns out, back in Minnesota a different confederate flag is displayed from time to time.

06/22/2015

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Minneapolis AME Church Remembers Charleston Tragedy

Charleston is more than 1,300 miles from the Twin Cities, but last week’s tragedy is still personal to some Minnesotans.

06/21/2015

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Despite Ruling, Minnesota Sex Offenders Remain In Limbo

Despite a sternly worded ruling from a federal judge that many of Minnesota’s sex offenders who’ve served their sentences could be long overdue for release, they’re likely to spend many more months — maybe even years — in the state’s civil commitment program.

06/18/2015

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Session 2015: Where Issues Stand With Special Session Done

The Legislature wrapped up its 2015 work in a flurry, with lawmakers working nearly a month late to finalize a $42 billion budget. Here’s a look at some of the state’s new laws, some that failed, and what may be on the horizon.

06/15/2015

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Lawmakers Take Extraordinary Measures To Advance Late Budget

Minnesota’s path to a new state budget took another abrupt turn Friday when Democratic senators reworked a funding bill for agricultural and environmental programs instead of passing a plan negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans.

06/12/2015

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MN Senate Rejects Environment Bill Key To Session Wrapup; New Votes Possible

The Minnesota Senate has rejected a bill to fund environmental and agricultural programs that’s key to a successful wrapup to the legislative session.

06/12/2015

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1-Day Special Session To Be Held Friday

Minnesota’s legislative leaders have come to an agreement on a one-day special session.

06/11/2015

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Dayton Highlights Rail Collision Ahead Of Special Session

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is continuing his push for railway safety. This comes after a collision between an oil train and semi-truck last Sunday. It happened at the intersection of Hastings Avenue and First Street in St. Paul Park.

06/09/2015

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Shutdown May Be Averted In Minnesota: Dayton Drops Auditor Demand

Republican Lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton have reached a deal on the Minnesota state budget, avoiding a potential government shutdown on July 1 that would have left around 9,500 government workers unemployed.

06/08/2015

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Gov. Dayton Scales Back State Auditor Fight, Sets Timeframe For Special Session

Gov. Mark Dayton “with great reluctance” has dropped his objections to language that would, he says, decimate the State Auditor’s office, but said that other issues still need to be resolved before a special session could happen.

06/08/2015

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Special Session Plans On Hold As Leaders Work To Reach Pact

Negotiations over a deal to enable a special legislative session are at a standstill. Minnesota House Republicans and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton remain at odds over a couple of bills and a new law altering the authority of the state auditor.

06/08/2015

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Lawmakers Go Public With Budget Agreements Made In Private

Concrete details about incomplete parts of a new Minnesota government budget are surfacing ahead of a coming special session. An education plan negotiated in private but posted publicly on Friday shows schools are in line for a sizable increase in per-pupil allowances.

06/05/2015

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Questions Of Timing, Votes Rise Up As Leaders Shape Budget

Rank-and-file Minnesota legislators are clamoring for time to digest budget bills assembled in private before the Legislature returns for a quick special session.

06/04/2015

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4 Things To Know: Special Session On Hold, Duggars Speak Out And Stephen Colbert

Here’s a look at the four stories you need to know for Thursday, June 4, 2015.

06/04/2015

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Gov. Dayton Declares June 3, 2015 ‘Rolling Stones Day’

Ahead of their 11th concert in the state, Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Wednesday, June 3, 2015 to be “The Rolling Stones Day” in Minnesota.

06/03/2015

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Dayton Ties Special Session To Restoring Auditor Functions

Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t call a special session until lawmakers agree to repeal changes chipping away at the state auditor’s authority.

06/03/2015

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State Workers Get Layoff Notices As Shutdown Threat Looms

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt have agreed in principle to end the budget impasses that threatened to shut down the government.

06/01/2015

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Dayton, House GOP Reach Tentative Deal On Education

Gov. Mark Dayton and majority House Republicans came to a tentative deal Monday on education funding, the largest unresolved piece of the state budget fight that’s pushed Minnesota toward a potential government shutdown.

06/01/2015

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Layoff Notices Set To Hit State Workers’ Desks 1 Month Before Shutdown

Starting Monday, thousands of Minnesotans will find an unwanted warning in their mailboxes. The state will begin to send out layoff notices to state employees who could be impacted if a budget deal isn’t reached by July 1st.

05/31/2015

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With No Budget Deal, Government Shutdown Looms

There are no budget talks this weekend and a date for a special session has still not been set. If state lawmakers can’t reach a budget deal by July 1, there will be a partial government shutdown.

05/31/2015

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Daudt Visits Preschool To Highlight GOP Education Plan

Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt visited a private St. Paul learning center for preschoolers Thursday, highlighting the centerpiece of the GOP education plan: Early learning scholarships. New Horizon Academy is settled in a working class St. Paul neighborhood where many families struggle.

05/28/2015

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