Over two days, President Barack Obama took in two of Minnesota’s most scenic parks all while he talked about how ugly Washington had become. Obama headed back to Washington on Friday after his stay in Minneapolis, where he spoke extensively about how gridlock has stymied economic progress.
The Department of Natural Resources says a huge step forward was taken recently in the fight against Asian carp after President Barack Obama signed legislation to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock to boat traffic.
Tuesday marked an important milestone for hundreds of proud Minnesotans. It’s the day they became U.S. citizens.
Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and tributes for the late civil rights leader were held across the country.
Earlier this month, unemployment benefits for more than one million Americans expired. It’s something that didn’t sit well with some lawmakers. Democratic Representative Keith Ellison spoke about the issue at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis Saturday morning.
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A public memorial service for Nelson Mandela will be held Saturday in St. Paul. The memorial for the late South African leader and anti-apartheid fighter will begin at 1 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Paul.
Holiday travelers crowded the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Wednesday, barely noticing the silent parade of airport workers protesting for higher wages. Abenezer Madde was one such worker, whose hourly earnings are just above the minimum wage.
Six of Minnesota’s eight members of Congress Friday voted for a bill to allow insurance companies to sell policies to anyone who wants them, even if it violates the new Obamacare rules.
A Minnesota senator is one of the key players hammering out a deal that could end the federal government shutdown. Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar is helping write a compromised version of a plan drafted by Republican Senator Susan Collins and credited GOP moderates. “We are friends,” Klobuchar said. “Senate Republicans really came to the fore, more moderates, saying ‘We want to work on a compromise,’ and that’s exactly what’s happening today in the Senate.”
In Minnesota, veterans rallied at the Vietnam Memorial in St. Paul to show their support of the national movement. They talked about the closing of the national war memorials and the suspension of death benefits to military families.
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison joined six other members of Congress on Tuesday amidst a massive rally for immigration reform, and ended up getting arrested over the act of civil disobedience.
The federal government shutdown is now affecting Minnesota jobs. The state will lay off 105 health department workers immediately, and thousands of other federal workers in the state will face the same fate. And Congress appears to be standing still. According to Congressman Erik Paulsen’s office, he skipped out on his own event Monday to head back to Washington to work on ending the shutdown. Some disappointed constituents, like Michael Waring of Edina, said they wanted to talk with him about ending the shutdown – even if it means joining with Democrats to do it.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers won’t be getting paid for the foreseeable future. That had many of you emailing, wanting to know: Do members of Congress get paid during a government shutdown?