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Minnesota Senate Is Last Stop For Vikings Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings’ pursuit of a $975 million stadium went to the floor of the state Senate on Thursday and even opponents predicted it would clear its final hurdle.

05/10/2012

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Minn. Senate Passes Vikings Stadium Bill

The Minnesota Senate voted in favor of the new stadium –- 38 to 28 — just before midnight after debating for 11 hours on Tuesday.

05/08/2012

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Stadium Grips Minn. Capitol, But Other Work Left

In a Minnesota Capitol struck with stadium fever, other work stands between legislators and their session finish line.

05/07/2012

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Vikings Fans Rally At Capitol To Save Team, Fight For Bill

Like true Vikings, dozens of fans wearing head to toe purple and gold stormed the Minnesota Capitol steps, carrying signs and singing songs to try to keep the team here.

04/23/2012

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Vikings’ Bagley Says Last Chance Is Now

Vikings stadium point-man Lester Bagley joined Dave Lee Friday on the WCCO Morning News.

04/20/2012

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Minnesota Revenues Running Ahead Of Forecast

An update Tuesday from Minnesota Management and Budget says net general fund revenues totaled nearly $2.5 billion in February and March, which was $106 million or 4.4 percent better than forecast in February.

04/10/2012

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Esme’s Blog: Voter ID and MN’s Record Turnouts

As the Minnesota Senate approved a voter ID bill, critics expressed concerns about the unintended consequences.

03/24/2012

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Minn. Senate Passes Bills To Ease Shutdown Pain

The Minnesota Senate has passed bills that would keep state parks open and the State Lottery operating in future state government shutdowns.

03/22/2012

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GOP Leaders Want Ethics Complaint Resolved Quickly

The Republican Senate wants to hold a hearing on the ethics complaint against Senator Geoff Michel as soon as it can.

03/20/2012

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House GOP Bonding Proposal Smaller Than Dayton’s

House Republicans proposed a $280 million borrowing package for Minnesota construction projects Monday, placing an emphasis on refurbishing state college buildings, roads and bridges but falling far short of the amount Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton proposed spending.

03/20/2012

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Reality Check: Truth About Insurance And Birth Control

The truth: Insurance companies operating in Minnesota are required by law to cover at least 28 separate benefits, eight types of patients and 13 different health care professions. That’s the sixth highest number of mandates in the country.

03/07/2012

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Minn. House OKs Deadly Force Bill, Sends To Gov.

The Minnesota House has sent a bill to Gov. Mark Dayton that would expand the situations where people can use deadly force. The House approved the bill in an 85-47 vote Wednesday.

02/29/2012

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Minn. Senate Committee Passes Photo ID For Voting

The Senate State Government Committee approved the amendment 8-5 Wednesday on a party-line vote.

02/22/2012

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New Minn. Legislative Maps Pair 46 Incumbents

Minnesota’s new legislative district maps pit 46 incumbents against each other and create 23 open seats.

02/21/2012

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State Says It’s Easing Some Restraints For Mentally Ill

State officials say they’re phasing out the use of metal handcuffs and seclusion at a secure hospital for the mentally ill in the wake of fines for maltreatment of patients.

02/21/2012

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Minn. House Members Seek To Rush Sex Offender Bill

House Speaker Kurt Zellers says the House will use emergency steps to pass legislation to close a loophole in sex offender notification law.

02/17/2012

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Dayton Speech Presses GOP To Back Jobs Proposals

Gov. Mark Dayton is using his State of the State address to push lawmakers to adopt his top proposals while reminding them that Minnesota voters will render a verdict on their performance in November.

02/15/2012

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House Committee Examines Sex Offender Discharge

Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson is defending her decision not to oppose the provisional discharge of a man who spent nearly 19 years in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

02/15/2012

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At Minn. Capitol, Ideas Aplenty To Help Veterans

Minnesota is bracing for the return of its largest deployment of National Guard troops since the Sept. 11 attacks, and legislators have plenty of ideas for helping them find jobs.

02/15/2012

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1 Week In, Legislators Taking A Week Off At The Capitol?

Minnesota lawmakers are picking up right where they left off from last year. The 2012 session so far has been filled with bad feelings and harsh rhetoric. And already, state lawmakers are taking a break.

01/31/2012

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Major Building Renovations Needed At State Capitol

The roof is leaking, and the furnace needs replacing. It’s a common lament for thousands of Minnesota homeowners. But it’s happening at Minnesota’s biggest house, the State Capitol.

12/08/2011

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Lyme Disease Gives Pat Kessler A Reality Check

Political reporter Pat Kessler shares a health scare that could happened to anyone. It was something that made him so sick, that he doesn’t remember much of his trip to the hospital and even his doctors were worried.

11/10/2011

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Panel OKs $150K To Plan Minn. Capitol Restoration

Minnesota leaders have agreed to spend up to $150,000 to begin fine-tuning plans for a proposed state Capitol restoration that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

11/01/2011

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Tributes Across Nation, State 10 Years After 9/11

Tributes across the nation and the state honored all that’s happened in 10 years since the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001.

09/11/2011

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Military Funds Awarded On 9/11 Anniversary Weekend

To mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, the group known as “Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund” presented 10 recipients with monetary grants at the State Capitol on Friday.

09/09/2011

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