Surly Brewing Building Its New 'Destination Brewery'Surly Brewing Company is kicking off the development of its new "Destination Brewery." Founder Omar Ansari said the 8.3-acre site will feature a 50,000 square foot building with a brewery, a beer garden, and restaurant.
Minn. Lawmakers Try For Handle On Synthetic DrugsMinnesota state legislators are struggling with how to craft new laws that would effectively combat the growing use of synthetic drugs. Several state House committees met Wednesday to strategize how to address problem that medical and law enforcement officials say is rapidly getting worse.
Extra Patrols Remind Minn. Motorists To Move OverThe Minnesota State Patrol is reminding motorists to move over if they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. Authorities are issuing the reminder in honor of state Trooper Ted Foss, who was making a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Winona when he was hit by a passing vehicle and killed 13 years ago.
Potential Issues As 1.3M Minnesotans Get Health Care Coverage The push is on to get 1.3 million Minnesotans to sign up for insurance under the new health care law. The program is called MNsure, goes into effect Jan. 1, and anyone can buy health insurance through the program, though there will be significant federal subsidies for low-income patients.
New Minn. Law Allows More Childhood Abuse Lawsuits Adults who suffered childhood sexual abuse and want to file civil lawsuits will have much wider access to the courts under a bill awaiting Gov. Mark Dayton's signature.
PAC Stands By Lawmakers Who Passed Gay MarriageOn Wednesday, lawmakers who took a risk by supporting the bill are getting some political help. A political action committee has formed just for them, as lawmakers who voted yes might need help to get re-elected -- some admitted the vote might have hurt them back home.
Gay Marriage Momentum Expands To 2 Midwest StatesThe national momentum on gay marriage has been limited mostly to the East and West coasts, but it looks like that's about to change.
Right-To-Die Group Member Charged In Minn. DiesA member of a right-to-die group facing assisted-suicide charges in Minnesota has died after a long battle with prostate cancer.
After WCCO Report, Lawmaker Wants Playgrounds Safer, CleanerThere’s a call for change after a WCCO report. Last week, WCCO shared the results of a germ test from some Twin Cities indoor playgrounds.
Bill Would Enshrine 'Minnesota Blue' Poem In LawA poem that serves as a tribute to the state of Minnesota is in line for a tribute itself.
Good Question: How Can States Pass Laws That Contradict Federal Law? The voters in Colorado and Washington State were clear in approving ballot initiatives that make using small amounts of marijuana legal. But the federal law is equally clear, classifying marijuana as an illegal drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act. So how can a state pass a law that contradicts federal law?
Judge Lets MN Enforce Key Parts Of Disclosure LawA federal judge says Minnesota can enforce the key parts of a challenged state law requiring political groups to disclose campaign fundraising and spending.
Judge Hears Challenge To Minn. Same-Day VotingConservative critics of Minnesota's same-day voter registration system told a federal judge it allows too many ineligible people to cast ballots.
Good Question: How Far Can You Go In Defending Someone? Investigators in Texas say they have no intention to arrest a father who killed a man while trying to protect his 4-year-old daughter.
Dayton Signs Law Permitting Prosecutors To Carry GunsAs part of a new law recently signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota prosecutors now have the right to carry firearms -- even in the courthouse.