$372.5M In Federal Funds Awarded To Conservation ProjectsProjects designed to cut down on fertilizer runoff, expand bird nesting areas and restore native grasslands are among those selected for funding under a new initiative that encourages conservation partnerships between government and private organizations.
Bill Would Remove Federal Protections For Wolves In 4 StatesSeveral members of Congress are preparing to introduce legislation soon to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the endangered list.
Talking Points: Bachmann Leaving Congress, Not PoliticsAfter 8 years in Congress, one of Minnesota’s best known political figures is leaving office. But Rep. Michele Bachmann isn't leaving quietly.
Bachmann Ready To Leave Congress, But Not Politics An audacious conservative, Rep. Michele Bachmann stood out from the moment she was first elected to Congress in 2006. Democrats were ascendant and Bachmann was a stridently Republican new arrival with a homespun Minnesota twang.
Delegation Members Want Hibbing VA InquirySeveral members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are calling for an investigation of alleged misconduct at a Veterans' Affairs clinic in Hibbing. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Tim Walz and Rick Nolan asked the VA's inspector general to look into claims by some ex-employees that they were ordered to backdate appointment records to make waits appear shorter.
Talking Points: Emmer Not Looking To Stray From GOP MainstreamOne election result that has not gotten a lot of attention in the last week is Tom Emmer's convincing win in the 6th Congressional District.
Reality Check: Guns And 8th District CandidatesThe hotly contested 8th Congressional District campaign took another turn this week, over guns. The National Rifle Association is pouring nearly $750,000 into a negative ad which mocks incumbent Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan. The ad features an actor in a suit and a goofy hat, posing for election-year photos. "Nolan doesn't get basic gun safety, and doesn't know how many shells go in a duck gun," the ad says.
Peterson, Leading Voice On Agriculture, Fights To Keep JobFor the first time in two decades, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson finds himself having to fight hard to keep his job and to avert a loss that could cost Minnesota one of Congress' most influential voices on farm matters. Peterson is the ranking minority member and former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. He has represented western Minnesota's 7th District for nearly 24 years and says it benefits from his clout.
Reality Check: Is Congress Really Getting Things Done?The ads are hard to miss. They feature candidates for public office in Minnesota telling the public how they "reached across the aisle to get things done".
McFadden Releases Plan For Legislative Action Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is making several promises for legislative action if he defeats Sen. Al Franken. McFadden vows to help write a balanced budget amendment — and a bill that would halt lawmaker pay if Congress doesn't pass a budget — within his first 100 days in office.
Reality Check: Minnesota Millionaires In Congress Democrats are continuing their TV ad war against Republican 8th district Congressional candidate Stewart Mills, calling him an "out of touch millionaire." But if he's elected, Mills would join hundreds of other millionaires in Congress, including many from Minnesota.
Reality Check: The Stewart Mills Attack AdsNational Democrats are spending more than a $1 million on television campaign ads taunting Republican congressional candidate Stewart Mills. It's a signal that Democrats take first-time candidate Mills seriously in northern Minnesota's Eighth District race against incumbent Congressman Rick Nolan.
In NW Minnesota, Plucky Challenger For Peterson The man Republicans are banking on to give longtime Rep. Collin Peterson a legitimate challenge in Minnesota's massive 7th congressional district can't see his constituents from across the room, but they can sure see him.
Hagedorn Upsets Endorsed Miller In 1st District Republican Jim Hagedorn has pulled off an upset in his party's 1st District primary for Congress. Hagedorn beat endorsed candidate Aaron Miller in Tuesday's primary.
Aide: GM CEO Meets Lawmakers; Probe Near EndGeneral Motors CEO Mary Barra has told Washington lawmakers that GM could simultaneously release an internal investigation into a deadly ignition switch problem and its plan to compensate victims.