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Minn. Leaders Try To Steer Around Session Pitfalls

Make no waves. That’s a guiding principle for the Democrats in charge of Minnesota’s Legislature, which gathers Tuesday for an annual session that could extend into mid-May. Party leaders are eager to prevent, or at least contain, controversy that can leave a bad taste for voters or alienate important constituencies in a year when the Democratic House majority and Gov. Mark Dayton’s re-election are on the line.

02/23/2014

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GOP Hopefuls Split Over Next Step On MNsure

All of the Republicans seeking to oust Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton regard Minnesota’s problem-ridden health insurance exchange as an unmitigated disaster, but they differ on what they would do about it if they were elected.

02/14/2014

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Dayton Back Home After Mayo Clinic Hip Surgery

Gov. Mark Dayton has checked out of Mayo Clinic after hip surgery. Dayton’s office says that he left the Rochester clinic on Friday and returned to the governor’s residence in St. Paul. He checked into Mayo Clinic on Monday where he underwent the surgical procedure to alleviate pain in his hip.

02/14/2014

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After Postponement, Dayton Heads For Hip Surgery

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is moving ahead with a surgical procedure to alleviate pain in his hip. Dayton was scheduled for surgery Monday at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic. He had postponed it last week so he could attend the funeral of Joan Mondale.

02/10/2014

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Party Activists Hold Caucuses Across Minnesota

Political party faithful from across Minnesota gathered at schools and other venues to help shape policy and make their picks in this year’s elections. Republicans held straw polls Tuesday night in the race for governor and U.S. Senate.

02/05/2014

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Minn. Caucuses Put Busy Campaign Season In Motion

It’s the first chance to cast ballots in the races for Minnesota governor and U.S. Senate. The votes won’t be binding though. The Democratic, Independence and Republican parties are all staging precinct caucuses Tuesday night where straw polls will be held in the top races.

02/04/2014

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Gov. Dayton Names Close Adviser As Running Mate

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is turning to a trusted adviser to be his running mate as he seeks a second term. Dayton has chosen Tina Flint Smith, his chief aide since he took office in 2011, to replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon. Prettner Solon didn’t want to serve a second term.

02/04/2014

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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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Dayton Postpones Hip Surgery For Mondale Service

Gov. Mark Dayton is postponing his hip surgery so he can attend the memorial service for Joan Mondale. The wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale died Monday at age 83.

02/04/2014

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Parade Of Partners Starts In Minn. Governor’s Race

Republican Dave Thompson’s selection of a running mate starts a parade of political pairings in Minnesota’s race for governor. Thompson on Thursday announced that Michelle Benson, a fellow state senator, joined his ticket.

01/30/2014

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Minn. Politicians Respond To State Of The Union Address

President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to make his pitch that the nation must come together to address persistent problems, from the wealth gap to economic mobility to lagging schools. Here are some responses to the address from Minnesota politicians.

01/29/2014

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Minn. Agencies Respond To Propane Shortage

Minnesota agencies are getting ready to respond should any households run out of fuel as propane supplies are stretched during this persistent cold weather.

01/28/2014

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Dayton Back To Mayo For Surgery On Damaged Hip

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that he’s headed to Mayo Clinic in Rochester next week to have hip surgery. Dayton said the surgery will take place Feb. 6 and will last about an hour, during which he will be under general anesthesia.

01/28/2014

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Dayton Entered 2014 With $772K Banked For Re-Election

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton entered the election year with $772,000 in his campaign account after expenses. His campaign released the figure Tuesday. The Democratic governor reported pulling in nearly $1.1 million in 2013.

01/28/2014

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Seifert Says He Raised $150K For Minn. Gov. Bid

Former state Rep. Marty Seifert disclosed his fundraising numbers late Monday. His haul puts him behind most other GOP contenders but most of them had many more months to gather dollars.

01/28/2014

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