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Minnesota May Start Taxing Drivers

Gas prices are finally falling, but those savings might not last long. At least 18 states, including Minnesota, are considering taxing drivers based on distance. Gas prices aren’t the only reason for the idea, since newer cars get better gas mileage.

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Low-Key Inaugural To Usher In Dayton’s 2nd Term

Mark Dayton is making another fashion statement while ushering in a second term as Minnesota governor: He’s again ditching the black tie in favor of blue jeans for what is shaping up as a laid-back inaugural.

12/23/2014

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Teacher Seniority Headlines GOP’s Education Plans

A retired English teacher will help set Republicans’ agenda for making changes to the state’s schools. Rep. Sondra Erickson, a Princeton Republican who retired from teaching in 2000, said school districts have been dizzied by new rules and policies after three elections that shifted control of state government.

12/21/2014

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Prettner Solon To Consider Run For Duluth Mayor

Lieutenant Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is giving thought to a run for Duluth mayor as she leaves her post in Minnesota politics.

12/15/2014

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Flags Fly At Half-Staff To Remember Pearl Harbor

Gov. Mark Dayton is ordering that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor and honor the Americans who died in World War II. Sunday marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed about 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers.

12/06/2014

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Leaders Urge Caution On Spending State Budget Surplus

Talk of tax cuts has followed word that Minnesota’s budget will run up a $1 billion surplus. Top Democrats and Republicans separately raised the prospect Thursday of giving tax breaks with a portion of the surplus. The first dose could come soon in the next session as lawmakers weigh whether to match up Minnesota’s deductions and credits more closely with those at the federal level.

12/04/2014

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Ritchie Reflects On 8 Eventful Years As Secretary Of State

The final election results are in: Minnesota had its lowest voter turnout since 1986. The state canvassing board officially certified the 2014 voter turnout at 50.5 percent. It’s one of the last official acts for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

11/25/2014

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Minnesota Voters Turn In Lowest Turnout Since 1986

The fall election produced Minnesota’s lowest voter turnout since 1986, according to results certified Tuesday. Final figures for this November’s election put participation at 50.5 percent of eligible voters. That’s the smallest percentage since 48 percent voted in the 1986 election.

11/25/2014

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Dayton, Daudt Pledge Cooperation For New Legislative Term

Minnesota’s top two political leaders met face to face Thursday for the first time since the election. They’re pledging cooperation, not division. Minnesota’s top two political leaders met face to face Thursday for the first time since the election. They’re pledging cooperation, not division. Over a luncheon of pork loin and potatoes, the Republican Speaker and Democratic Governor met face to face at the official Residence.

11/20/2014

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Head Of Regional Planning Agency To Depart

The regional planning agency that runs the Twin Cities bus and transit system is in search of a new leader.

11/19/2014

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Dayton: Pipelines Part Of Solution To Rail Backlog

Gov. Mark Dayton says more oil pipelines are part of the solution to a rail backlog that has clogged agricultural shipments across Minnesota.

11/17/2014

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Bill Frenzel, Ex-Minnesota Congressman, Dies At 86

Friends and colleagues are remembering former Congressman Bill Frenzel, who died on Monday.

11/17/2014

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Rep. Daudt Says Speaker Role His ‘Greatest Honor’

The one-time car salesman from Crown became the GOP’s most powerful leader after taking Republicans from minority status to a 72-seat majority in the Minnesota House. Rep. Kurt Daudt, 41, becomes the second-most powerful politician in Minnesota, behind Gov. Mark Dayton. “It is the greatest honor of my life to be elected to be the next speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives,” Daudt said.

11/07/2014

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Dayton Says He Will Be ‘Unbound’ In 2nd Term

Minnesota voters gave Gov. Dayton a solid re-election victory. But unlike the last two years of Democratic dominance, Dayton’s fresh reality is a new Republican majority in the Minnesota House. “I’m proud to say that Democrats’ total control of state government in Minnesota is over,” said Rep. Kurt Daudt, the House minority leader. Exuberant Republicans will take back the House they lost just two years ago. That’s when they battled Gov. Dayton to a budget standoff, and a 17-day government shutdown — the longest in U.S. history.

11/05/2014

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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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