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Minimum wage hike still on Minnesota legislative agenda PressPass

ST. PAUL – President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech promise to “give Americans a raise” raised the hopes of Minnesotans who want the state minimum wage increased.


Minnesota political notebook: Peterson still weighing another run for office PressPass

ST.PAUL - Being a vital cog in passing a major U.S. House bill generally is an exhilarating experience. But for U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, passing the farm bill may have been less excitement and more relief.


Moab is pretty and peaceful even when bitterly cold

MOAB, Utah - Some people call the Moab area the most beautiful place on Earth, and even if beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, it is hard to argue the point. Look down almost any street in town and you see canyon walls, setting the scene for what is beyond.


There's plenty of propane, just not in Upper Midwest where it's needed PressPass

ST. PAUL – Millions of Midwesterners face the threat of not being able to buy enough propane to heat their homes and businesses at a time when the country has more of the fuel than ever.

Propane price gouging latest concern; Minnesota panel extends state of emergency PressPass

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's attorney general warns of propane price gouging as the Upper Midwest faces a shortage and record-high costs.


Minn. governor candiate Thompson picks another senator as running mate PressPass

ST. PAUL - Minnesota governor candidate Dave Thompson picked another senator as his lieutenant governor candidate. The Republican Lakeville senator Thursday announced that Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, will be his running mate.

Heavy snow makes it a not-so-rush hour in Twin Cities area PressPass

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota State Patrol closed southbound Interstate 35 near Forest Lake this morning as up to 30 cars spun out or were involved in crashes during a heavy snow that made the rush hour more of a slow hour for Twin Cities commuters.

Dayton plans to undergo hip surgery PressPass

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton plans surgery on a hip that has been giving him trouble for months.


Soaring prices, shortages propel propane into a hot topic of worry PressPass

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Minnesotans living in a quarter-million rural homes depend on propane for heat, but soaring prices and shortages that experts predict will get worse are sending chills down their backs. Businesses and farmers are in the same situation, as are businesses that sell the fuel.


Lawmaker says Minnesota not doing enough to manage wolves PressPass

ST. PAUL – Opinions remain sharply divided about whether Minnesota should allow wolf hunts, and Tuesday night a state lawmaker also questioned whether state officials are doing a good job of managing wolves.

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Minnesota Political Notebook: Legislator proposes selling state park trees to make money PressPass

Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, convinced a committee to amend an outdoors funding bill to include his idea to sell black walnut and other trees in southeast Minnesota’s Frontenac and Whitewater state parks.


Minnesota Political Notebook: Republicans signal Dayton will not sign budget bills PressPass

St. Paul - Republican state budget plans will become clear in the coming week, although no one expects the governor to agree.


Minnesota political notebook: Minnesota to consider Sunday alcohol sales PressPass

ST. PAUL - Whether Minnesota retailers should sell alcohol on Sundays will be debated by a Senate committee Wednesday, perhaps the first time that has happened.


In Minnesota, war of words comes before budget PressPass

St. Paul - The tweets flew fast and furious Thursday afternoon as Minnesota legislators debated what Republicans said was Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton’s tax-increase plan.


Minnesota Political Notebook: Potential federal shutdown may attract attention PressPass

St. Paul - The country’s political attention lately has focused on Wisconsin and a battle over public unions.


Minnesota Political Notebook: DFL likely to challenge selection of regents PressPass

St. Paul - Monday night’s selection of new University of Minnesota regents could be contentious.


Minnesota Political Notebook: Dayton blames budget woes on Pawlenty PressPass

ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton took on former Gov. Tim Pawlenty in his State of the State address.


Minnesota legislative notebook: Effort afoot to pare down government PressPass

ST. PAUL – Minnesota state boards, commissions and even entire agencies could begin disappearing if legislators agree to bills making their way through the Legislature.


Minnesota political notebook: No major clashes yet between GOP, Dayton PressPass

St. Paul - It’s a month into Minnesota’s new political world, and the kind words keep flowing.


Minnesota Political Notebook: Bachmann response draws lots of attention PressPass

St. Paul - No one can say that Michele Bachmann is shy. The Minnesota Republican congresswoman often dives into controversy, but her State of the Union response drew the most attention yet.