Gov. Mark Dayton took his second oath into office on Monday, but he celebrated his second term in style Saturday night. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith hosted the North Star Ball at the St. Paul Union Depot. The event was open to the public, and included music, food and mingling.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says high winds and extreme cold will make travel risky in parts of Minnesota. Officials are urging no unnecessary travel in south-central and southwestern Minnesota Tuesday night.
As congressional lawmakers return to Washington, President Barack Obama is focusing his attention on the nation’s governors. Obama is meeting Tuesday with members of the National Governors Association executive committee. The president says governors don’t have the luxury to operate “based on ideology” because their constituents expect them to get things done.
Minnesota lawmakers are returning to action in a session where they’ll have to navigate a new political dynamic and widespread Capitol construction. The five-month session starts at noon Tuesday. It’s when Republicans formally regain House control.
An altered power structure, new faces, old fights and an unrecognizable Capitol building will shape the Legislature’s 2015 session.
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.
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.
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.
Lieutenant Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is giving thought to a run for Duluth mayor as she leaves her post in Minnesota politics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The regional planning agency that runs the Twin Cities bus and transit system is in search of a new leader.