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Q&A with Washington County Commissioner District 1 incumbent Fran Miron
Q&A with Washington County Commissioner District 1 challenger Edward Eigner
Minnesota roundup: Family of 4 found safe, but parents arrested; Biden to make campaign stop in northern Minnesota
Waste matters: County addresses gaps in yard waste disposal
Bond sale saves $5 million
crime and courts
MN state parks to be free on day after Thanksgiving
NORTHLAND OUTDOORS: Meet a central Minnesota family whose made its living off wild rice for four generations
Football: Royals upset Raptors in regular season finale
Cross Country: Woodbury’s Romain wins Suburban East title
Woodbury approves co-op girls hockey team
Woodbury Days: Without new leadership, there’s possibility annual event could end
R.H. Stafford Library's 2nd annual Maker Fest
Apples, pumpkins and animals
Woodbury Boy Scout leads makeover of thrift shop entrance
Crossroads Church considers Hastings campus
arts and entertainment
Norman M. Lorentzsen, 99
Gary Carlton, 63
Jean Ekern, 91
John N. DeMorest, 54
Mary E. Edwards, 75
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March 15, 2011
Top GOP senator says Japanese crisis won't affect Minn. nuke bill
The key sponsor of a Senate bill to allow nuclear a power plant to be built in Minnesota said the current Japanese nuclear problem should not affect her bill. "Geographically, we are so different," Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, said. Still, she said, "we will have...
March 15, 2011 - 8:00am
Minn. union official cries 'Walker' after GOP pension proposal
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota public employees would pay more toward their pensions in a bill unions say is like one in Wisconsin that drew national attention. Sens. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, and Mike Parry, R-Waseca, introduced their bill Monday as a way to help plug a $5 billion state...
March 15, 2011 - 7:51am
March 10, 2011
Sir, yes sir: Woodbury's Shellito confirmed as VA commissioner
ST. PAUL -- Larry Shellito became the first Gov. Mark Dayton commissioner to be confirmed as the Senate Thursday voted for him to continue as leader of the state Veterans' Affairs Department. "I can think of no better leader to serve Minnesota veterans than the one who led them in...
March 10, 2011 - 12:14pm
State government, environment budgets targeted in GOP plan
ST. PAUL -- Senate Republicans say they want to spend $34.3 billion in the next two years, about the same as in the current budget. While big cuts will be needed in some spending areas, it appears local government aids would not sustain cuts as deep as many expected. House Republicans...
March 10, 2011 - 11:47am
March 8, 2011
Former Minn. pols call for new redistricting method
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's political old guard says current politicians should not draw new legislative and congressional districts. Those in politics have so much self-interest that they should not do the basic redistricting work required once a decade, five long-time Minnesota political...
March 8, 2011 - 12:57pm
March 7, 2011
UPDATE: New teacher-licensing law impact a question mark
ST. PAUL -- Professionals have a new pathway to become Minnesota teachers, but no one knows how many will take the new route. A bill designed to lure math and science professionals, in particular, into the state schools became law Monday as Gov.
March 7, 2011 - 10:46am
March 4, 2011
Dayton signs bill speeding permits
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's environmental permitting process soon will speed up, with a goal of producing more jobs. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Thursday, following up on an earlier executive order he wrote to do many of the same things. "The Office of Legislative Auditor released...
March 4, 2011 - 8:00am
March 3, 2011
Senate Dayton tax plan defeat called theater
ST. PAUL -- The Republican-controlled Senate voted 63-1 today against Gov. Dayton's proposal to raise taxes on Minnesota's richest residents, but Dayton and other Democrats called the debate meaningless theater. "I'm glad people are having fun," Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook,...
March 3, 2011 - 1:36pm
February 28, 2011
UPDATE: $1.2 billion in good budget news helps nursing homes and rich
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's new budget deficit will be about $5 billion, down from $6.2 billion, but there are so many unanswered economic questions that the budget also could end up in worse shape. Even with the better number, the state faces a massive deficit that legislators and the...
February 28, 2011 - 10:46am
February 24, 2011
Appointment process starts strong for Woodbury's Shellito
Woodbury resident Larry Shellito earned quick approval Wednesday as state veterans' affairs commissioner by a Senate committee. Shellito, recently retired as head of the state National Guard, will be considered for confirmation by the full Senate, but no date has been set. The Army...
February 24, 2011 - 8:00am
February 21, 2011
Minn. lawmakers reheat 'cheeseburger bill'
ST. PAUL -- The "cheeseburger bill" overcame opposition from trial lawyers and Democrats Monday to notch its first victory in its seventh run through the Minnesota Legislature. Rep. Dean Urdahl's much-traveled bill to prohibit lawsuits against food makers and sellers by people who...
February 21, 2011 - 3:10pm
February 18, 2011
It's a law: Lillie's bill is first to be signed by Dayton
A rookie senator's bill became the first that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law. Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, pushed the bill with veteran Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, to require contractors who receive certification in lead issues to post their names on the Labor and Industry...
February 18, 2011 - 2:21pm
Nuclear power moratorium clears Minn. House
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota representatives Thursday rejected an attempt to require a local vote before a nuclear power plant is built as they decided to lift a ban on building those plants. On an 81-50 vote, the House joined the Senate in dropping a 16-year-old moratorium on building...
February 18, 2011 - 8:51am
February 16, 2011
Students rally for tuition increase cap
February 16, 2011 - 1:33pm
February 15, 2011
Sorel nomination OK'd; commissioner awaits full Senate vote
Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel is awaiting confirmation by the full Senate. The Senate Transportation Committee has approved his nomination. "I have had the pleasure of working with Commissioner Sorel in the past and firmly believe in his dedication to bettering transportation...
February 15, 2011 - 11:00am