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Small Slices Of Minnesota’s Budget Coming Together In Deal

Legislative leaders say they’re making slow but steady progress on hammering out a deal for the state’s next budget. Top House and Senate lawmakers were expected to resume private negotiations at Gov. Mark Dayton’s residence Thursday with the goal of passing a budget by Monday’s deadline. The two sides have met for hours every day this week but said little about the content of those talks.

05/14/2015

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Long Talks In Private, Silence In Public Feed Budget Hopes

Discussions over how to spend $40 billion-plus of Minnesota taxpayer money have reached a sensitive phase where negotiators are keeping mum about the headway they’re making. With less than a week to get an on-time budget passed, leading House Republicans and Senate Democrats were expected back at Gov. Mark Dayton’s official residence Wednesday for a fresh round of talks.

05/13/2015

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Senate Fills In Bubble For Early Voting, House Not On Board

Minnesota state senators have filled in the bubble for early voting.

05/11/2015

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Senate Cues Up Clash On Body Cameras, License Plate Readers

Minnesota’s Senate is setting up a clash with the House over body cameras and license plate readers.

05/07/2015

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Schools, Families Decry House & Senate Education Budgets

Schools and families are joining Minnesota’s governor to say House and Senate education budget proposals are too small. Both the GOP-led House and DFL-controlled Senate would increase education spending.

05/04/2015

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House, Senate Move To Provide Help To Idled Taconite Workers

A measure that has won initial backing of Minnesota House and Senate lawmakers would ensure that Iron Range taconite workers are eligible for unemployment benefits when several plants are idled in coming months.

04/22/2015

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House Backs Higher Fine For Texting-While-Driving Offenses

Serial offenders of Minnesota’s prohibition on texting while driving could soon face steeper fines.

04/21/2015

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Minnesota House Passes GOP Funding Plan For Road Fixes

A 10-year, $7 billion plan for Minnesota road-and-bridge construction has the GOP-led House on a different course than Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton for solving a top issue for both parties this legislative session.

04/21/2015

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Minn. House Approves Series Of Gun Rights Bills

The Minnesota House approved Thursday a series of gun rights bills, including one that allows legal gun permit holders to automatically carry guns inside and around the State Capitol building.

04/16/2015

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Talking Points: House Speaker Daudt Supports Sunday Liquor Sales

With deadlines looming at the State Capitol, the next few weeks will see heated debate over what to do with the state’s $1 billion budget deficit. And you will also hear debate over an issue that seems to come up every year — Sunday liquor sales.

04/12/2015

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Fire Destroys East Bethel Home

An East Bethel home is in ruins after it caught fire Saturday night. Officials say firefighters were called to the home at around 10:30 p.m. following a report of an explosion in the home’s attached garage.

12/21/2014

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Best Holiday Markets In Minnesota

Ring in the holidays with fun, décor and gifts at these festive markets.

12/15/2014

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Ex-Minnesota House Page In Line To Be Chief Clerk

A Minnesota House staff member who began as a chamber page 36 years ago is on the verge of becoming its chief clerk.

12/11/2014

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Dayton Says All Sides Must ‘Rise Above’ Gridlock

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s willing to meet newly emboldened state House Republicans half way on key issues facing the state as long as they reciprocate.

11/05/2014

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Talking Points: Medical Marijuana Bills — House Or Senate?

This week, the Minnesota House and Senate will have to hammer out differences between the Senate and House versions of a medical marijuana law.

05/11/2014

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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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