ST. PAUL – President Barack Obama makes new federal farm policy his third-highest congressional priority now that the federal shutdown is history, but that is no guarantee a farm bill will have easy sledding.
ST. PAUL – U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., summed up the past few weeks of federal political debates, including a 16-day government shutdown, like many Americans would: “What in the Sam Hill is wrong with this town?”RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – Winona LaDuke plans to use her national notoriety to fight what she says are dangers caused by North Dakota’s oil boom, which also could affect Minnesota communities such as where she lives.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – Two federal government shutdown episodes stand out for U.S. Rep. Tim Walz. One is families of military personnel killed in duty not receiving federal aid they were due. The other is World War II veterans, elderly men and women just off an airplane, not being allowed to see a new Washington, D.C. memorial in their honor.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - About 30,000 Minnesotans checked out the MNsure website the first week the health care exchange was in operation.
ST. PAUL – The current federal government shutdown overshadowed the end of many federal farm laws Tuesday, but the next federal fiscal crisis could lead to a stalled farm bill’s resurrection.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota Vikings football season ticket holders will contribute $100 million toward a new stadium by purchasing seat licenses and team owners will pay the same amount from their own pockets under an agreement signed Thursday night.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s health-insurance marketplace opened Tuesday afternoon with hiccups, but a massive federal computer-based system suffered more severe symptoms for other states’ residents.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Federal court officials say a Montevideo, Minn., man’s trial on weapons charges has been delayed a second time, this time to Dec. 2.RELATED CONTENT
Minnesotans now may register to vote online. “We join many states that have already demonstrated that online registration is secure and that it saves taxpayers money,” Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - A Minnesota House Republican promises that a property tax change that especially hurts rural Minnesota will be repaired next year.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – This year will go down as one of the most contentious in Minnesota government history, so exceptions to that attitude are notable. The first exception started out as yet another controversy.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - This year started with Minnesota political leaders emphasizing the need to create jobs, but the state’s deficit problem sidetracked much of that talk.RELATED CONTENT
St. Paul - Democratic-Farmer-Laborites aren’t taking it easy on Tim Pawlenty just because he’s from Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - Fifty-four Republicans serving their first year in the Minnesota Legislature face their first end-of-session circus, and no one knows just how they will react.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - The most-heard comment around the Minnesota Capitol these days is: “I don’t see how we get there.”RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton puts the need for Minnesota to fund public works projects up there with flood fighting.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
St. Paul - Republican state budget plans will become clear in the coming week, although no one expects the governor to agree.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT