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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.

Congress to investigate rail safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House and Senate plan separate hearings on railroad safety after a series of derailments produced a flood of safety concerns. A Senate committee plans a Thursday hearing, while one in the House will be Feb. 26.


New online Minnesota Lottery game spicy and controversial

ST. PAUL – Debate about online gambling already is hot, but it just got spicy.

Analysis: Minnesota Republican straw poll lays groundwork for campaigns

ST. PAUL – Straw polls seldom accurately predict who will win an election months away, but Minnesota Republican activists who cast votes during Tuesday night’s precinct caucuses did not vote in vain.

Ortman, Seifert take GOP polls in Minn.

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Republicans gave U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman and governor candidate Marty Seifert bragging rights at Tuesday night's precinct caucuses.


Ortman leads GOP Senate poll; race tight for governor

ST. PAUL – Minnesota Republicans appeared to have given Julianne Ortman the edge for U.S. Senate in an early snapshot of this year’s campaigns, but Tuesday night they were not so clear on who they favor for governor.


Republicans pick their favorites on caucus night

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Republicans appeared to favor Marty Seifert in the governor's race and Julianne Ortman in the U.S. Senate contest as thousands attended Tuesday night precinct caucuses around the state.

Dayton expands eligibility for heat assistance

ST. PAUL – Gov. Mark Dayton has expanded a financial aid program to help more low-income Minnesotans to afford to heat their homes.

Minn. Gov. Dayton picks chief of staff as running mate

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton did not look far to find a new running mate. He announced this morning that his chief of staff, Tina Flint Smith, will replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon on this year's ballot.


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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.