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Dayton works at home after having surgery

ST. PAUL – Hip surgery will crimp Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s style as the state Legislature convenes for the year Tuesday.

Variety of topics expected during legislative session

ST. PAUL – The 2014 Minnesota Legislature gathers Tuesday in a short session that should feature financing public works projects, but it take up of a lot of issues.


Legislative session to be short, but full

ST. PAUL – Expect a minimum wage increase, but no tax increase, when Minnesota legislators return to St. Paul for the year at noon Tuesday.


Federal judge tells Minnesota Legislature to act on sex offender treatment program

ST. PAUL – A federal judge is putting pressure on the Minnesota Legislature to change how the state deals with some sex offenders.

Coalition proposes 5 percent fuel sales tax in Minnesota

ST. PAUL – A proposal to increase Minnesota fuel taxes by the equivalent of 15 cents a gallon is similar to a proposal lawmakers may consider after the 2014 legislative session convenes next week, the two legislative transportation finance chairmen said Tuesday.


Lawmaker on offensive on PolyMet issue

Minnesota state Rep. Andrew Falk, D-Murdock, went on the attack when a PolyMet Mining Corp. official appeared in a House committee.

Ag tax relief highlight of Minnesota speaker's rural initiatives

ST. PAUL – Rural Minnesotans’ ears will be burning when state legislators return to the Capitol on Feb. 25 for their 2014 session.

2 Minnesota lawmakers propose fee on oil crude transportation from western ND

ST. PAUL – Improved crude oil safety measures should be funded by charging 1 cent per 100 gallons on all crude transported in Minnesota, the state Legislature's transportation finance chairmen said Wednesday.

Former Vice President Mondale recovering after heart surgery

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Former Vice President Walter Mondale underwent heart surgery Wednesday, four days after his wife's funeral.


Pipeline company increases flow of propane to Midwest, Northeast

WASHINGTON – A pipeline company promises it will ship more propane to the Midwest and Northeast.

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Minnesota Political Notebook: Attention to turn to state government reform

ST. PAUL - The new year could be one of government reform. Minnesota legislative Republicans and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton agree reforming is a top priority, but they may differ on just what that means and how to get there.


Minnesota Political Notebook: Democrats make property taxes an issue, again

ST. PAUL - Democrats make it clear they blame Republicans for rising property taxes, and will do that even louder in next year’s campaigns.


Minnesota Political Notebook: Shutdown, stadium mean abnormal summer, fall

ST. PAUL - Many around the Capitol don’t quite understand why temperatures are dipping into the 30s: It can’t be fall already. With the July government shutdown and now the increasingly frantic stadium debate, this has been a strange and busy non-election year.


Minnesota Political Notebook: Lawmaker says property tax change will be fixed

ST. PAUL - A Minnesota House Republican promises that a property tax change that especially hurts rural Minnesota will be repaired next year.


Minnesota Political Notebook: Two bright spots in otherwise nasty political time

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.


Minnesota Political Notebook: Job creation back on politicians’ radar

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.


Minnesota Political Notebook: DFL goes after Pawlenty’s presidential campaign

St. Paul - Democratic-Farmer-Laborites aren’t taking it easy on Tim Pawlenty just because he’s from Minnesota.


Minnesota Political Notebook: New legislators create new end-game questions

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.


Minnesota Legislative Notebook: Legislature enters home stretch without answers

ST. PAUL - The most-heard comment around the Minnesota Capitol these days is: “I don’t see how we get there.”


Minnesota Political Notebook: Dayton compares bonding with flood needs

ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton puts the need for Minnesota to fund public works projects up there with flood fighting.