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Reality Check: Is Jesse Ventura ‘Controversial’?

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura’s defamation trial had a day off in St. Paul federal court Friday after a week of surprising revelations. Among them, Ventura testified in court that he doesn’t know if he’s controversial, or if he says anything provocative.

07/18/2014

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‘American Sniper’ Co-Author Defends Ventura Fight Story

New details are emerging at the Jesse Ventura defamation trial Thursday. Deceased ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle told the bar fight story to the book’s co-author Jim DeFelice, who said he included it after checking out the details with Kyle’s friends and fellow SEALs.

07/17/2014

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Witness: Ventura Said SEALs Deserved To Lose Men In Iraq

Defense lawyers in the Jesse Ventura defamation case rolled out a parade of witnesses Wednesday claiming Ventura got punched out in a California bar.

07/16/2014

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Active-Duty Navy SEAL Testifies In Ventura Trial

Navy SEAL John Kelly says he was at the California bar attending the funeral wake of a fellow SEAL the night “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle said he punched Jesse Ventura for making offensive statements. Kelly says he saw the former Minnesota governor on the ground, and earlier had heard him make disparaging statements about SEALs.

07/15/2014

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Ventura’s SEAL Teammate Testifies In Defamation Trial

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura’s old Navy SEAL teammates are marching to his defense at his defamation trial in a St Paul federal court. Ventura is suing deceased “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle for claiming he “punched out” Ventura for making offensive, unpatriotic comments at a California bar.

07/10/2014

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State Capitol Renovation Enters Major Phase

Call it the mother of all fixer-uppers. If you’ve been watching the restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol recently, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The $272 million dollar renovation enters a major new phase this week, with most of the Capitol shut off from the public for the first time in its 109-year history.

07/07/2014

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President Obama To Spend A Day With Minn. Woman

For one Minnesota woman, President Obama’s trip to Minnesota this week has extra-special significance. St. Anthony resident Rebekah Erler wrote a letter to the president last March. And to her surprise, he’s responding in person.

06/25/2014

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Zellers Says Gov. Dayton Mismanaged Sex Offender Program

A leading Republican candidate for governor is calling for an investigation into how important documents were destroyed in the case of a high-profile sex offender. Thomas Duvall, 58, has a history of violent sexual crimes dating back to the 1970s.

06/18/2014

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Reality Check: Medtronic’s Move To Ireland

Minnesota-based Medtronic shocked the business world on Sunday. The giant medical device maker is buying a similar company in Ireland for $43 million. The reason? Hundreds of millions of dollars in tax savings.

06/17/2014

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Group Targets Dayton In TV Ad On Health Care Law

By most accounts, MNsure’s rollout was a disaster. But six months after signups began, CEO Scott Leitz says the online marketplace has turned a corner. “We’re continuing to grow at about 1,000 people per day who we’re enrolling through MNsure, so we’re continuing to see growth, and it’s only going to get more as we move into the fall open-enrollment period,” Leitz said.

06/12/2014

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Vikings Eye Expansion Of Pro Soccer In Minn.

Minnesota’s only professional soccer team — Minnesota United — is flying high. “We’re really excited to join the Lynx as a professional team in this market that’s out there winning championships,” said Minnesota United President Nick Rogers.

06/11/2014

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Dayton Doesn’t Like NFL’s Super Bowl Requests

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is uncomfortable with the kind of perks the Super Bowl Committee may have promised the NFL. They require snow plow priority, summer golf courses and even world-class bowling alleys for an NFL celebrity tournament.

06/10/2014

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State Auditor Race Gets Competitive, Combative

The normally quiet Minnesota state auditor’s race is suddenly heating up. Former Minnesota House leader Matt Entenza filed last-minute papers to run against fellow Democrat Rebecca Otto, who has been state auditor for the last eight years.

06/05/2014

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Gov. Dayton Accused Of ‘Pandering’ At Breakfast With School Kids

Republican candidates for governor Wednesday piled on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton for “pandering” after he served breakfast to children.

06/04/2014

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Republicans Seek To Differentiate Themselves Ahead Of Primary

Four Republicans say they will run in the August primary for Minnesota governor. That’s after the GOP convention last weekend endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson for governor, and Mike McFadden for the U.S. Senate.

06/02/2014

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