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April 12, 2019
An executive order by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz directs state agencies to take measures to support pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.  Don Davis / Forum News Service
Walz declares Minnesota’s commitment to pollinators
April 12, 2019 - 12:50pm
April 10, 2019
State computer hackers threaten thousands of Minnesotans’ data
April 10, 2019 - 5:18pm
Minnesota Legislative Auditor James Nobles and Audit Director Valerie Bombach detail a report Wednesday, April 10, 2019, to lawmakers at the State Capitol that concluded there is high risk for fraud in the state’s Child Care Assistance Program and insufficient internal controls to address it. Michael Brun / Forum News Service
Auditor report: Minnesota child care program ripe for fraud
April 10, 2019 - 5:15pm
Walz appoints new lottery leader
April 10, 2019 - 3:17pm
April 9, 2019
Elder Voice Family Advocates president Kristine Sundberg, right, details a new report on elder neglect during a news conference April 9, 2019, at the Minnesota Capitol. Looking on is state Sen. Karin Housley, R-St. Marys Point, who authored a bill this session for stronger protections for assisted living residents. Michael Brun / Forum News Service
Report shines light on elder neglect as Minnesota lawmakers seek reform
April 9, 2019 - 4:01pm
A digital rendering of the Smart Market by Canteen, a variation of which will appear in May at Woodbury Central Park. Courtesy of the city of Woodbury
Smart Market replaces Central Park cafe
April 9, 2019 - 5:00am
April 8, 2019
State Rep. Frank Hornstein, right, and Sen. Scott Newman lead a conference committee April 8, 2019, at the Minnesota Capitol to work through differences between the House and Senate bills banning cellphone use behind the wheel except when used in hands-free mode. Michael Brun / Forum News Service
Minnesota hands-free cellphone bill clears on way to final vote
April 8, 2019 - 5:37pm
April 4, 2019
Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher on Thursday, April 4, 2019, outlined more than 200 proposed road, bridge and other infrastructure projects slated to take place this summer. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Orange cone alert: MnDOT announces 221 construction projects coming this summer
April 4, 2019 - 11:58am
April 2, 2019
Washington County closing program for juvenile offenders
April 2, 2019 - 5:00am
April 1, 2019
State Sen. Matt Little, DFL-Lakeville, addresses members of the fictitious Senate Committee on Banned Bills, Monday, April 1, 2019, in St. Paul. The all-Democrat panel symbolically voted to advance bills that they said could not get a hearing in the GOP-led Senate. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Banned bills? Democrats stage mock hearing to push their proposals
April 1, 2019 - 5:02pm
March 29, 2019
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (left), Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-District 53, and Rep. Steve Sandell, DFL-53B, listen to constituent questions March 25 at Central Park in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia
Ellison, Kent, Sandell address consumer protection, gun laws, current bills at listening session
March 29, 2019 - 5:51pm
March 19, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, voiced his support for a proposal to offer state-subsidized opportunity scholarships for low- and middle-income students to attend private and parochial schools. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Republicans ready to reopen Minnesota school choice debate
March 19, 2019 - 3:30pm
March 15, 2019
Rep. Tou Xiong (left) and Sen. Susan Kent at a mid-session legislative update March 15, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Oakdale. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia
Mid-session update: Sen. Kent, Rep. Xiong talk state budget, MNLARS, paid family leave
March 15, 2019 - 2:16pm
March 14, 2019
Andrea Rau with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (right) testified in favor of a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
20-week abortion ban passes Minnesota Senate panel after emotional testimony
March 14, 2019 - 6:45pm
March 13, 2019
Jessie Stomski Seim, general counsel for the Prairie Island Indian Community, testifies before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Minnesota Senate panel greenlights Prairie Island push to ensure tribal police authority
March 13, 2019 - 4:43pm