The chair of the Racing Commission has been cleared of allegations that he harassed a woman because of her gender.
Embattled bear researcher Lynn Rogers is hoping to take his fight to the top. He said Wednesday he’s trying to get a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton to appeal a Department of Natural Resources decision not to renew his permits to radio-collar wild bears and place video cameras in their dens. The Ely-based researcher has a devoted following, but he’s run afoul of DNR officials who say he’s made wild bears too comfortable around humans and question the scientific value of his work.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is being slowed by a hip-muscle tear that an aide says could limit his public schedule while he recovers. Deputy Chief of Staff Bob Hume says the 66-year-old governor injured the muscle over the weekend and was checked out at the Mayo Clinic on Monday.
The race for governor is getting crowded. Another well-known Republican is throwing his hat in the race. State Senator Dave Thompson confirmed to WCCO’s Pat Kessler that he will file the legal papers necessary on Monday. He will formally announce his candidacy at a gathering on Wednesday.
The largest utility serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin says it deployed more than 1,000 line workers to restore power to customers in the Twin Cities and other areas after three waves of strong storms hit the region. Xcel Energy’s system was severely damaged by high winds that brought trees and branches down onto power lines before dawn Friday and on Friday evening and early Saturday. More than 500,000 of the utility’s customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin were affected at the height of the power outages
Communities across the Twin Cities are cleaning up trees and branches knocked down by three waves of heavy storms since early Friday. Minneapolis has announced plans for debris collection beginning July 1 to help people get rid of the downed wood in their yards. St. Paul plans a similar curbside pickup within the next three weeks.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration has responded to a federal lawsuit seeking to block unionization of certain in-home day providers with a court filing saying opponents lack standing to sue. New filings came Monday in one of two federal cases aiming to undo a new law paving the way for a union election. The administration wants both lawsuits dismissed and will argue for that in a July 18 court hearing.
A new Minnesota law requiring investor-owned utilities to get more of their electricity from solar power by the year 2020 means farms like the one Doug and Jane Popp own near Royalton are likely to become a more common sight. The Popps’ grain bin is powered by a 10-kilowatt solar array, helping to reduce their electric bill.
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a compact that will allow Minnesota and some Canadian provinces to request and provide mutual aid to each other in the event of emergencies.
Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Saturday as Missing Children’s Day in Minnesota, part of a national effort to raise awareness about missing and exploited children.
Your favorite brew may soon be available for purchase at the state Capitol. The Legislature passed a bill Monday that includes a provision that directs the city of St. Paul to issue and on-sale wine and malt liquor license to the Capitol cafeteria. The bill now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton.
Leading Minnesota lawmakers have sorted out a tax package that is the linchpin of the next state budget. The top two percent of income earners will pay two percent more on a portion of their income. The per-pack tax on cigarettes will rise by $1.60. Some corporate tax preferences will go away. But there won’t be any changes to the alcohol tax.
On Tuesday, Minnesota became the twelfth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed an emergency order to help the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center fight wildfires around the state.
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