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As Sex Offender Program Marches On, Rising Costs

Minnesota lawmakers are getting nowhere over how to resolve constitutional questions about the state’s sex offender treatment program, but the same can’t be said about the program’s costs. They’re going somewhere — up. About 50 new patients enter the program every year, a growth rate that threatens to swamp existing facilities in the next few years. A Senate committee on Thursday will review a request for $7.4 million this year to renovate and expand the St. Peter treatment center; another $30 million or more is on the drawing board for future growth there and in Moose Lake.

03/15/2014

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Lawmakers Debate Assault Weapons Ban At Capitol

For the second day in a row, the gun debate has brought a large crowd to the State Capitol.

02/06/2013

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Gun Advocates Rally In St. Paul

Thousands of Minnesota gun advocates joined nationwide rallies in support of gun rights.

01/19/2013

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Reality Check: Guns And The State Capitol

Hundreds of people visit the State Capitol every day. What’s impossible to know is how many are carrying a concealed weapon.

01/18/2013

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Lawmaker Proposes Lifetime Gun Ban For Violent Criminals

Minnesota is among the most lenient states in restoring gun rights to convicted felons, but one state lawmaker says it’s too risky.

01/17/2013

Minnesota Responds To NRA Conference

Protesters twice interrupted the head of the NRA as he proposed armed security guards in every school in the United States.

12/21/2012

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Top Republicans Call For Road Stop Sex Scandal Rep. To Quit

Two days after embattled House Democrat Kerry Gauthier was admitted to St Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday for unknown reasons, top House Republican and the Republican Chairman of the Public Safety Committee on which Gauthier is a member says the Duluth Representative should be removed.

08/17/2012

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Rep. Ellison Calls For ‘Reasonable Gun Controls’ Following Colo. Shooting

A Minnesota congressman is calling for important changes to federal firearm laws in the wake of the movie theater massacre in Colorado.

07/24/2012

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In Midwest, GOP Shrinks From Union Battles

Fifteen months after taking control of Minnesota’s Legislature, Republicans have put a gay marriage ban on this November’s ballot, moved to expand gun rights and cast dozens of votes to cut state spending. But there’s one issue where they failed to get traction: watering down the strength of organized labor with a right-to-work law.

04/06/2012

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Bill Expanding Gun Rights Goes To Minn. House

A proposal expanding the right to use deadly force in self-defense is headed for a vote in the Republican-controlled House.

05/04/2011

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Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Ban Guns At Minn. Capitol

A Minnesota lawmaker introduced a bill Monday to ban guns at the State Capitol complex, and consider the use of metal detectors at some building entrances.

04/18/2011

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Minn. Bill Would Set Open Sentences For Sex Crimes

A House panel has approved a proposal to put the most dangerous sex offenders away for open-ended prison terms as lawmakers search for new ways to deal with the soaring cost of confining sexual predators.

03/15/2011

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Minn. Bill Would Put More Sex Offenders Online

A House public safety panel considers a bill Thursday that would let the public look up more sex offenders and other predators online.

01/27/2011