Paul Torkelson

Senate Official Building Still Controversial As It Nears CompletionThe controversial new Minnesota Senate Office Building at the State Capitol is nearing completion. Republicans made the $90 million project an example of wasteful spending in the 2014 campaign.
Issues Remain As Buffers Move From Capitol To CroplandState officials are moving to implement new requirements for setbacks between cropland and waterways passed by the Legislature this year, but concern and confusion among farmers and lawmakers surrounding the new law makes it clear — the buffer battle in Minnesota isn't over.
Republicans Slammed For $10,000 Capitol DoorThe massive 3-year, $300-million restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol is about halfway complete.
As Lawmakers Battle Budget Deadline, Impact Becomes ClearerAs 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.
House Debates Care Workers Raises In Health BudgetMinnesota lawmakers are settling in for a debate that's expected to go all night long. It's the $11 billion measure that pays for Health and Human Services programs, including hospitals and nursing homes.
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