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Office Decisions Threaten To Delay Capitol Makeover

Disputes over tenant space are threatening to bog down the grand makeover of the Minnesota Capitol. A commission planned to approve the final phase of a $273 million renovation on Wednesday.

01/14/2015

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Tuition Breaks, Nursing Home Help Among Session’s 1st Bills

Minnesota lawmakers dangled the possibility of free vocational college tuition, student-loan forgiveness in certain career fields and tax breaks for the agriculture, mining and timber industries as potential uses for a $1 billion projected surplus.

01/08/2015

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Tuition Breaks, Nursing Home Help Among Session’s 1st Bills

Free vocational college tuition for Minnesota high school graduates? Student-loan forgiveness for working in specialized fields or rural communities? Tax breaks for the mining and timber industries? A prohibition on performance bonuses for Minnesota health exchange executives?

01/08/2015

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Reality Check: The ‘No Session 2016’ Movement

An interesting new idea from some Minnesota lawmakers this year: Cancel next year’s legislative session. The “No Session 2016″ movement began the first hour of the first day of the 2015 legislature, when top leaders revealed that they’re talking about it.

01/07/2015

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New Hands At Wheel As Minnesota Legislature Returns For Duty

Minnesota lawmakers are returning to action in a session where they’ll have to navigate a new political dynamic and widespread Capitol construction. The five-month session starts at noon Tuesday. It’s when Republicans formally regain House control.

01/06/2015

Old Dutch

Podcast Page: 12-16-14 Dave Lee

The Old Dutch Team of the week is a very special one….listen to the podcast by clicking the link ABOVE!

12/16/2014

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PODCAST PAGE-12-11-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Check out THAD A CLAUS and other highlights from Thursday’s show…Click the link above to head to Dave’s PODCAST PAGE.

12/11/2014

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Big Numbers Shape Outgoing Budget Official’s Work

The departure of a top state finance official is triggering a shakeup in Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter will step down for a job in the private sector, the governor announced Wednesday.

12/10/2014

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Podcast Page: 12-9-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee-John Hines Hosting

John Hines fills in for Dave Lee….and finds out about the 50th Anniversary of Rudolph….click the link above to head to the PODCAST PAGE.

12/09/2014

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Mining, Wetlands On Agenda For 2015 Legislature

One of the top environmental issues in the legislative session that opens in January could be how best to protect Minnesota’s wetlands. The GOP takeover of the Minnesota House has changed the landscape for the environment and natural resources at the Capitol. Republican leaders have given a strong signal of their priorities by restructuring the committees that will deal with those issues.

12/06/2014

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Lawmakers Seek Deeper Look At State Finances

Minnesota lawmakers want to dive deeper into the details of a state report showing a $1 billion budget surplus awaits them. The House Ways and Means Committee summoned state finance officials to a hearing Friday to give more information about the just-released revenue forecast.

12/05/2014

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Minnesota Officials Expect $1 Billion Surplus

Minnesota finance officials say lawmakers have a $1 billion projected surplus at their disposal in the upcoming session. The estimate provided Thursday in a new economic forecast should make for a smoother path to a new two-year budget.

12/04/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 12-4-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

Thursday highlights…..Click the link above to listen back to Dave Lee!

12/04/2014

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State Capitol Renovation May Mean Changes For 2015 Legislature

Just a month before the 2015 Minnesota Legislature begins, the Capitol is in chaos. But it’s not because of politics. The 109-year-old State Capitol building is in the middle of a massive renovation that will mean limited public access during the session.

12/03/2014

Students Protest Ferguson Decision

MN Students March To Capitol In Response To Ferguson

A number of Minnesota high school and college students expressed their disappointment with the Ferguson, Missouri outcome by walking out of school. They joined students who staged walkouts in more than 50 cities across the country on Monday.

12/01/2014

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Board To Put Final Stamp On Minnesota Election

Minnesota voters had their say, but this year’s election is only now at its official conclusion. The state Canvassing Board was to convene Tuesday to put the final stamp on an election that saw Democrat incumbents comfortably win races for governor and Senate after being subjected to recounts in their prior campaigns.

11/25/2014

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Minnesota Rallies In Wake Of Ferguson Decision

At least four rallies are planned in Minnesota in the wake of the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri, not to indict officer Darren Wilson and hundreds of students in Minneapolis staged a sit-in to voice their discontent.

11/25/2014

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Podcast Page: 11-20-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

76 inches of snow…..Listen to Dave’s interview and other highlights from Thursday by clicking the link above.

11/20/2014

Mayor Betsy Hodges

PODCAST PAGE: 11-7-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Listen to Mayor Betsy Hodges and other highlights from Friday with Dave Lee….click the link above

11/07/2014

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Calls For Cooperation To See Test At State Capitol

The party’s over for Minnesota Democrats. After two years of calling the shots in state government — a span in which they legalized gay marriage, raised the minimum wage and launched a state-run health exchange — their new reality is one of shared control with Republicans who gained a state House majority.

11/05/2014

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POLL: Mark Dayton Wins Another Term As Governor

Are you happy that Mark Dayton returns as Minnesota’s Governor? Click the link to vote on Dave’s poll.

11/04/2014

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Pet Blog: Rally Aims To End Dog Shootings By Police

The group “Freeze Don’t Shoot” plans to hold a rally at every state capitol Saturday to highlight officer-involved shootings of family pets. The Minnesota chapter was formed in July. Julie Whalen, the administrator of the Minnesota Facebook page, says the local group has about 130 members, and about 50 plan to attend Saturday afternoon’s rally in St. Paul to address what they call an “epidemic” of shootings.

10/24/2014

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Preps For Twin Cities Marathon Begin; Expect Detours

The Twin Cities Marathon is still a few days away, but preps around the course are already underway and it may mean motorists will need to plan a detour.

10/02/2014

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MN Remembers Firefighters Who Died In Line Of Duty

This year’s service will honor Fire Chief Matthew Frantz, of Rice Lake.

09/28/2014

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Key Element Of Golden Capitol Sculpture Departing

The golden sculpture atop Minnesota’s Capitol is temporarily losing a defining feature. Crews will use a crane Tuesday to remove the charioteer that is symbolically steering the golden horses.

09/23/2014

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