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Gov. Holds Roundtable Over Rail Safety Concerns

Several Minnesota cities are voicing safety concerns as more trains roll through Minnesota. Railway traffic in the Twin Cities has increased 40 percent in the last two years on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

12/22/2014

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Dayton Urges Swift Action On Flood-Aid Package

Gov. Mark Dayton says his administration needs Minnesota legislators to quickly approve a relief package for recovery costs related to last summer’s severe flooding.

12/18/2014

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Minnesota Lawmakers Search For Way Out Of Road Jam

If Minnesota lawmakers can come up with the green, drivers will be seeing many more orange cones in years to come.

12/13/2014

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Big Numbers Shape Outgoing Budget Official’s Work

The departure of a top state finance official is triggering a shakeup in Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter will step down for a job in the private sector, the governor announced Wednesday.

12/10/2014

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Lawmakers Seek Deeper Look At State Finances

Minnesota lawmakers want to dive deeper into the details of a state report showing a $1 billion budget surplus awaits them. The House Ways and Means Committee summoned state finance officials to a hearing Friday to give more information about the just-released revenue forecast.

12/05/2014

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Minnesota Officials Expect $1 Billion Surplus

Minnesota finance officials say lawmakers have a $1 billion projected surplus at their disposal in the upcoming session. The estimate provided Thursday in a new economic forecast should make for a smoother path to a new two-year budget.

12/04/2014

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Dayton Braces For Fight Over Online Lottery Sales

Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota’s lottery director “has his work cut out for him” to preserve online ticket sales that many lawmakers want to outlaw. Dayton acknowledged Tuesday that the Legislature will again attempt to bar the most virtual ticket sales and may be able to trump a veto this time.

12/02/2014

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Get Ready For Disarray At Minnesota Capitol

The massive renovation hiding the graceful lines of Minnesota’s Capitol in protective wrap and bristling scaffolding has left the inside even more unrecognizable and uninviting as the Legislature prepares to spring back into action.

11/29/2014

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Gov. Dayton: Team Will Be Mostly Intact For 2nd Term

Gov. Mark Dayton expects most of the agency commissioners that served in his cabinet in his first term will remain on board. Dayton said Monday that he’s optimistic “that most are going to stay, most have been asked to stay and most want to stay.”

11/24/2014

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Dayton Kicks Off Holiday Week With A Pair Of Turkeys

Gov. Mark Dayton kicked off Thanksgiving week with some help with two fine, feathered friends. A pair of turkeys joined in on the festivities at the State Capitol on Monday, both about 16 weeks old.

11/24/2014

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Mountain Iron To Host 2015 Deer Opener

The city of Mountain Iron has been selected to host the Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener in 2015. The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association made the announcement Friday — a day before this year’s deer season begins.

11/07/2014

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Daudt, Dean Angle For Top Job In House

There will be competition among Republicans for who leads the party’s new House majority. Minority Leader Kurt Daudt of Crown and former Majority Leader Matt Dean of Dellwood both say they’re running to be House speaker when the Legislature returns to action. They are asking for support from the 72-member caucus, which meets Friday to pick its leadership.

11/05/2014

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Why Did Minnesota Buck The Republican-Leaning National Trend?

The day after the election was a great day for Republicans, except in Minnesota. Nationally, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and boosted their majority in the U.S. House. For the first time since President Obama took office, he will face a Congress with Republicans in control of both houses.

11/05/2014

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Calls For Cooperation To See Test At State Capitol

The party’s over for Minnesota Democrats. After two years of calling the shots in state government — a span in which they legalized gay marriage, raised the minimum wage and launched a state-run health exchange — their new reality is one of shared control with Republicans who gained a state House majority.

11/05/2014

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Daudt Puts Focus On Practical In Split Government

The leader of the House Republican majority-in-waiting says a detailed governing agenda will come later and the focus in the next two years needs to be on the practical.

11/05/2014

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