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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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Reality Check: MN’s New Restrictive Medical Marijuana Law

Minnesota just became the 22nd state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Without public fanfare, Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Thursday morning that legalizes medical cannabis for specific illnesses, but includes some of the strictest controls in the country.

05/29/2014

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Artwork On The Move During Capitol Restoration

One by one, Minnesota’s governors are leaving the Minnesota State Capitol, carefully carried away, and crated. As the Capitol begins a massive restoration, the building’s artwork is temporally heading to a new home.

05/28/2014

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‘Unsession’ Undoes More Than 1,000 Outmoded Laws

Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that Minnesota residents will find life simpler after a so-called “Unsession” that wiped more than 1,000 outdated or duplicative laws off the books. Dayton has signed legislation that eliminated 1,175 such laws and issued an executive order all as part of an effort to streamline state government processes.

05/27/2014

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Reality Check: The Cost Of The Mpls. Super Bowl

Minnesota’s 2018 Super Bowl bid committee promised more than a great party. The state pledged to pick up a super tab, too. We may never know all of the details about Minnesota’s Super Bowl bid. Under state law, it’s private.

05/23/2014

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In Minn., A Short & Productive 2014 Legislative Session

Minnesota lawmakers are gone from the Capitol after ending the 2014 session on Friday night. It was an unusually short and productive session. Included on the completed list is the bill to legalize medical marijuana, which became among the most publicly visible — and contentious — issues of the year.

05/19/2014

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With Time To Spare, Lawmakers End 2014 Session

Sensing an imminent finish to their legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers took stock Friday of accomplishments and potential campaign liabilities in a year marked by Democratic drives to boost the minimum wage and target school bullying as well as bipartisan efforts to legalize medical marijuana, fix public infrastructure and deliver tax cuts using surplus money.

05/16/2014

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