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If It Comes To Special Session, When And Where Are Up In Air

If Gov. Mark Dayton follows through on an education bill veto threat, he’ll have to order lawmakers back to St. Paul for a second try.

05/18/2015

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Dayton Readies Veto Pen For Education Bill As Deadline Nears

Minnesota’s Legislature has sent an education budget to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk where it’s likely to meet his veto pen.

05/18/2015

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What’s In $42 Billion? Minnesota’s Next Budget At A Glance

Minnesota’s Legislature descended Monday into the usual, end-of-session flurry of finalizing and passing bills.

05/18/2015

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As Lawmakers Battle Budget Deadline, Impact Becomes Clearer

As Minnesota lawmakers scrambled Sunday to piece together the state’s next budget before a fast-approaching deadline, the impact of the roughly $41.5 billion package on the states’ residents started coming into focus.

05/17/2015

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Lt. Gov. Tina Smith: Why Won’t The Legislature Compromise On Education?

Gov. Mark Dayton is not wavering in his threat to veto any education bill that doesn’t include more money for Minnesota schools and funding for universal pre-K, his top officer said on Sunday.

05/17/2015

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Dayton’s Ire Looms As Legislature Races To Pass Budget

Minnesota lawmakers are starting a three-day sprint to hash out the specifics of a budget deal. Legislators were expected to return to the Capitol Saturday for a weekend of around-the-clock work to finish bills and pass a budget.

05/16/2015

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Despite ‘Fish Summit,’ Legislators Deadlocked In Budget Talks

Republicans and Democrats are far apart on the biggest spending bills of the year despite intense behind-the-scenes negotiations, and an unusual “Fishing Summit” on Saturday.

05/11/2015

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Dayton Floats Extra K-12 Funding In Sprint To Budget Deal

Minnesota schools may get extra money from the state’s final budget deal.

05/11/2015

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Sen. Dibble Optimistic Lawmakers Can Reach A Budget Deal

While Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt proved they could fish together during the weekend opener, it remains to be seen if they can agree on a budget deal.

05/10/2015

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Gov. Dayton Casts Out On Lake Vermilion For Fishing Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton was out on the water early Saturday morning — He was fishing with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk on Lake Vermilion, about 90 minutes north of Duluth, in Tower.

05/09/2015

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A Crash Course On Walleye Fishing

Gov. Mark Dayton was up early Saturday morning to take part in Minnesota’s 68th annual walleye fishing opener. He’s on Lake Vermilion in northeast Minnesota. Last year he got skunked, so hopefully he will have better luck this year.

05/09/2015

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Dayton, Pawlenty Join Groundbreaking At State’s Newest Park

Gov. Mark Dayton and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty were among the government officials who grabbed shovels to help break ground for Minnesota’s newest state park. Construction began Friday on the campground at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota.

05/08/2015

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Latest Train Derailment Has Minn. Lawmakers Looking At Prevention

The train derailment and fire Wednesday, which forced the evacuation of a nearby small town, was the fifth this year involving North Dakota trains.

05/06/2015

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Minnesota Bids For 2020 College Football Championship Game

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and state business Tuesday launched an official bid Tuesday for the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game. It would be played at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium under construction in Minneapolis, which is already hosting the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 Final Four.

05/05/2015

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Talking Points: Shutdown Specter Looms Over Budget Battle

It’s crunch time at the state Capitol. By law, legislators need to have the budget balanced and their business done by May 18, which is just two week from Monday.

05/03/2015

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Pedestrian Killed By LRT Was Longtime Minn. Senate Staffer

A longtime staff member of the Minnesota Senate was killed after being struck by a Green Line light rail train on her way to work Thursday morning. Lynne Thomas had been a legislative assistant in the Senate for 28 years. She was crossing University Avenue on the light rail tracks when she was hit and killed by a train around 7:30 a.m.

04/30/2015

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GOP Senators Grill Commissioner Over MNsure, Nonprofit Woes

Senate Republicans are putting pressure on one of Gov. Mark Dayton’s commissioners.

04/30/2015

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Bird Flu Funding On Way To Dayton’s Desk

The first slice of emergency funding for the state’s response to a deadly bird flu outbreak is heading to Gov. Mark Dayton.

04/30/2015

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Dayton Outlines Possible Loan Program For Turkey Farmers

Gov. Mark Dayton says the state may set up a low-interest loan program for farmers hit by a deadly bird flu outbreak. Fifty-six farms had been hit with the virus as of Tuesday, costing farmers more than 3.3 million birds.

04/29/2015

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Report: Agricultural, Urban Runoff Contaminating Minnesota’s Waters

A new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency shows a steady flow of problems into Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams.

04/29/2015

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With ‘Promise Zone’ Designation, Another Push For Universal Pre-K

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Minnesota on Tuesday and called the state a model for others. He announced that the White House has named Minneapolis a “Promise Zone.” That means the city can get a leg up on the competition when applying for federal grants that create jobs and help close the achievement gap.

04/28/2015

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Dayton To DNR: No More Moose Collaring

Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to stop the practice of radio-collaring moose as part of studying the animals.

04/28/2015

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Southwest LRT Project Under Scrutiny Following $341M Price Hike

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he’s “shocked and appalled” to learn that the Metropolitan Council raised its estimate for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project by $341 million for a total budget of nearly $2 billion.

04/27/2015

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4 Things To Know: Airport Shooting, Nepal Earthquake & Game 6

Here’s a look at the four things you need to know for April 26, 2015.

04/26/2015

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Cities Face Millions In Wastewater Upgrades, Repairs

Public works employees in the southwestern city of Minneota frequently hang inside manholes, poking with a long stick to move chunks of human waste and refuse that block sewer flow. The mayor of Winsted, a city of about 2,400, wonders how he’ll pay for a $7 million upgrade to the town’s wastewater treatment facility.

04/25/2015

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