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4 University Of North Dakota Players Chosen In NHL Draft

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team has four more players who are NHL draft picks.

06/29/2015

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Minn. Senate Tax Plan Far Slimmer Than Cuts Pursued By House

Minnesota’s Democratic majority senators are bidding far lower than in-charge House Republicans when it comes to tax cuts.

04/27/2015

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GOP Senators Seek To Fast-Forward Primary Election To March

A group of Republican state senators wants Minnesota to shift its primary election up from August to March in time for next year’s presidential race.

02/26/2015

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GOP Governor Hopeful: No Senators In New Building

One Republican candidate for Minnesota governor says he’d try to keep senators out of a new state building planned for senators.

08/07/2014

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Bill Rescinding Legislators’ DWI Immunity In Doubt

Minnesota lawmakers’ immunity to drunken driving arrests would end under a bill that passed a House committee on Friday, a day after the Senate’s version was tabled by lawmakers who see it as unnecessary. The archaic provision in the state constitution dates to 1858, when the state’s founding fathers wanted to protect legislators from being arrested and detained from votes on important measures.

03/28/2014

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New Senate Office Building Sparks Controversy

An expensive office building for lawmakers at the Capitol is facing new scrutiny. The four-story glass, steel and stone complex would sit across the street from the Capitol, and include offices for 45 of Minnesota’s 67 state senators. But the cost and design are raising eyebrows, even from supporters like Gov. Mark Dayton, who called the project “overly lavish.”

03/19/2014

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Rental Space For Minn. Senators: $2.4M To $2.9M

Minnesota Department of Administration officials estimate it would cost at least $2.4 million to rent temporary space for state senators and staff during the ongoing Capitol renovation.

02/27/2014

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Lehner Stops 27 Shots, Senators Blank Wild 3-0

Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist, Robin Lehner made 27 saves for his second career shutout and the Ottawa Senators beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Tuesday night.

01/14/2014

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Despite Injury And Illness, The Wild Are Finding Confidence

Josh Harding and Zach Parise are working on getting in game shape as the Wild are working on winning their sixth in seven games with Ottawa in town. Harding is making progress, hoping to be back soon. However, he’s not getting specific about his illness issues. He has multiple sclerosis.

01/14/2014

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Koivu Has Goal, 2 Assists In Wild’s Win Over Sens

The Minnesota Wild bounced back quickly from an ugly loss. Mikko Koivu scored the tiebreaking goal in the closing minutes of the third period and added two assists to lift the Wild to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

11/20/2013

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Constitutionality Of MN’s Sex Offender Program Questioned

Minnesota senators who met Monday at the Capitol say they must act quickly to modify the state’s sex offender treatment program before a federal judge does it for them. The judge has said lawmakers must alter the state’s system of keeping sex offenders in indefinite custody after they finish prison terms, or risk a ruling that it’s unconstitutional. Former Minnesota Chief Justice Eric Magnuson heads a task force that’s working to revise Minnesota’s sex offender treatment rules. “The way you are operating, it does not work because nobody gets treated, and nobody gets out,” Magnuson said. “And it is, in effect, a life sentence.”

11/18/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Republicans For Gay Marriage

As the debate on gay marriage continues at the Minnesota capitol, there are signs that Republican opposition to legalizing same sex unions is eroding.

04/27/2013

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MN Senate Talks Tubby Smith Firing, $263M Boost To MnSCU

The Minnesota Senate approved a major funding increase for the University of Minnesota and MnSCU systems on Wednesday.

04/17/2013

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Senate Approves Raise For State Employees

Thousands of state employees may soon get a raise. State Senators Thursday approved a new contract that includes a 2 percent pay hike.

02/07/2013

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Minn. GOP Senators Want Vote On ‘Right To Work’

A group of Republican state senators say they want the full Senate to vote on a constitutional amendment that would make union membership voluntary in Minnesota, despite signs the bill is stalled at the Capitol.

03/20/2012

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Minn. Lawmakers Learn Bipartisanship At Conference

Legislators are leaving the Capitol to learn lessons on working together.

01/25/2012

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Dayton, Senator To Vikes: Dome Site Or Nothing

Gov. Mark Dayton and a key state lawmaker say a new Minnesota Vikings stadium must be built at the current site of the Metrodome to secure any kind of state funding this year.

01/24/2012

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Senator: Vikings Should Talk Minneapolis Stadium

Minnesota Vikings executives should help Minneapolis leaders narrow three possible downtown football stadium sites in the city to one, despite the team’s desire to build at an entirely different site in a suburb north of St. Paul, an influential state senator said Tuesday.

11/29/2011

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Freed Hikers, Their Families Thank Senators

Two American hikers held for more than two years in an Iranian prison thanked two U.S. senators for their help in pressing for their release.

10/12/2011

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Penalties Against Democratic Wis. Senators Undone

Wisconsin’s Democratic state senators will have votes they cast in committee counted and other penalties imposed against them will be rescinded after they returned to the state on Saturday.

03/15/2011

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14 AWOL Dems To Speak At Capitol Weekend Rally

All 14 Democratic state senators who fled the state to stall action on a controversial bill are slated to appear together at a Madison rally this weekend to thank demonstrators.

03/11/2011

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Wis. GOP Senators Receive Death Threat E-Mails

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating an e-mail threatening the lives of some Republican state senators.

03/10/2011

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Protesters Track Down Wis. Dems Hiding In Ill.

One of the 14 Wisconsin senators who’s hiding out in Illinois with his Democratic colleagues says protesters have discovered the hotel where a number of the lawmakers meet the media.

02/22/2011

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Religious Leaders Offer Sanctuary To Wis. Dems

Religious leaders in Illinois and Wisconsin are offering sanctuary to Wisconsin Democrats as they boycott a vote on a Republican bill that would strip public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights.

02/18/2011

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Minn. Senators Praise Senate Aviation Bill Passage

Minnesota Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar are praising Senate passage of a broad aviation bill.

02/17/2011