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Reality Check: Lawmakers Getting Paid Over Spring Break?

Minnesota lawmakers haven’t had a pay hike since 1999. But they can boost their take-home pay with per diem — up to $76 per day in the Minnesota House, and up to $86 a day in the Minnesota Senate.

04/16/2014

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Minn. House Considers $322M Budget Plan

Minnesota’s Democratic-controlled House is considering a budget that spends another $322 million of the state’s surplus. Before discussion of the package began on Thursday, DFL leaders touted increased money for K-12 schools, caregivers for the elderly and disabled and roads battered by winter.

04/03/2014

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‘Lavish Parties’ Exception To Gift Ban Targeted

The Minnesota House has voted to reverse course on a recent law change making it easier for lobbyists to buy meals for legislators.

03/10/2014

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It May Be Miserably Cold Out, But Now’s The Time To Put Your House On The Market

Our bone-chilling winter has kept people from getting out and doing many things they otherwise would’ve done. That apparently includes shopping for a home.

02/25/2014

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2-25-14 Senator Tom Bakk Joins The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

The Senate Majority Leader talks with Dave about the start of another session. Click the above link to hear the highlights …..

02/25/2014

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Zellers Raises $400K In Raise For Minn. Governor

Republican candidate for governor Kurt Zellers says he’s raised just over $400,000 so far in his bid to challenge Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton in November.

01/23/2014

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GOP’s Daudt Speaks Out On Gun Incident

The top Republican in the Minnesota House says he intends to stay in his leadership post and believes he properly handled an incident last September in Montana where a friend pulled out the lawmaker’s loaded handgun after a vehicle purchase went bad.

01/22/2014

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3 Escape House Fire In Golden Valley

A family was forced out of their home Thursday morning after their home’s roof caught on fire. The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the structure fire around 1:51 a.m. Thursday at a home on the 1500 block of Rhode Island Avenue North.

12/26/2013

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Newest Habitat For Humanity House Is ‘Net Zero’

For those of us who face high winter heating and electric bills it seems impossible to live in a home that won’t have them. And that’s a very real possibility for the owners of the newest Habitat for Humanity home in north Minneapolis.

12/19/2013

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1 Dead In Early Morning House Fire In St. Paul

One man is dead in an early morning house fire, according to authorities. Crews were called to the 700 block of North Lexington, in St. Paul, just after 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

11/24/2013

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Surprise Fire Threat? Clogged Chimneys

It’s a winter household hazard that can be tough for the eye to see, and if you miss it, it can be costly or even deadly. Now’s the time to prevent it. Clogged chimneys can cause fires this time of year. A family in Hudson, Wis., had one just last night, as build-up in the chimney was the impetus. Luckily, as smoke poured into the room, they got out.

10/31/2013

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Refurbished Home Is A Thank You For MN Soldier & His Family

The former resident at 136 Shadywood Lane in Delano, Minn., was a victim of the nation’s housing collapse. Now, this once bank-owned property is a proud symbol of recovery, as it was the the first Minnesota home donated to Operation Homefront’s Homes for Veterans program.

10/17/2013

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Bill To Reopen Government Clears US Senate

Legislation to reopen the federal government and avoid a threatened national default has passed the U.S. Senate on an 81-18 vote. The legislation that passed the Senate Wednesday now goes to the U.S. House where a vote is expected later Wednesday.

10/16/2013

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What Would A Medical Device Tax Do To MN?

Earlier in the day, the U.S. House’s plan to end the shutdown included a two-year delay on a medical devices tax, which is a big issue for many Minnesota companies.

10/15/2013

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10-15-13 Congressman Keith Ellison With Dave Lee

Can the House hold up their end of the bargain?

10/15/2013

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