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  • Minn. AG backs bill surrounding lawmaker immunity 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 11:37 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has advised the Legislature to forge ahead with a bill making clear that lawmakers can't avoid arrest for drunken driving or other crimes during a legislative session, but a key senator said Thursday he still thinks the measure is unnecessary.

  • Mille Lacs residents sue Minn. DNR over walleye 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:37 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A group of Mille Lacs Lake residents sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday, claiming the agency has mismanaged the lake's struggling walleye population.

  • Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:02 pm
  • LITTLE FALLS, Minnesota - Jurors listened Wednesday as a man called two teenagers who broke into his central Minnesota home "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after fatally shooting them.

  • Supreme Court reverses sex offender's commitment 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:29 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Supreme Court has taken the unusual step of reversing the commitment of a man to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and sent the case back to a lower court for further proceedings.

  • Senate approves added job protections for women 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 3:38 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Minnesota Senate approved wide-ranging legislation Wednesday to expand workplace protections for women including provisions aimed at leveling pay and accommodating pregnancies.

  • Minn. lawmakers wrestle with privacy protection 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:59 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers entered final negotiations Wednesday on a bill intended to stop public employees from snooping in citizens' private data.

  • Minn. Senate backs new cell phone tracking rules 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:10 am
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - New restrictions on police use of cell phone tracking technology have won backing from the Minnesota Senate.

  • Cat sanctuary agrees to improve business practices 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 7:38 pm
  • SANDSTONE, Minnesota - A sanctuary for exotic cats in east-central Minnesota has agreed with the state attorney general's office to improve its business practices after the head of the nonprofit acknowledged misusing thousands of dollars in donations, the sanctuary said Tuesday.

  • Stopping Minn. e-lotto tickets wouldn't come cheap 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 3:49 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers are in a lottery pickle: Let sales of virtual tickets continue over bipartisan objections or be forced to find millions of dollars to shut the venture down.

  • Abeler says he won't seek re-election to House 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 12:46 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Anoka Republican Jim Abeler says he won't seek re-election to his House seat as he focuses on running for U.S. Senate.

  • Minnesota lawmakers tilt toward session finish 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 5:05 am
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers are back in action after a week away from the Capitol, but their annual session is rapidly winding down.

  • Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 5:09 pm
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 18

  • Some lawmakers wonder who really makes Minn. laws 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 12:07 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - On issues ranging from medical marijuana to privacy, some Minnesota lawmakers are concerned police and prosecutors are spending too much time at the Capitol to protect and serve their own interests.

  • Oil transport draws cry for disaster training help 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 9:30 am
  • STAPLES, Minnesota - Trains have traveled through this part of Minnesota for just under 150 years, and as the small town of Staples grew around their tracks, railroads were virtually the only source of jobs for decades.

  • Teacher Fietek launches Minn. House campaign 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:34 am
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A teacher who spoke out for gay students during a bullying debate in the state's largest school district says he's running for a state House seat.

  • Senate hopeful Ortman reports $375K in Q1 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:22 am
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Julianne Ortman says her campaign raised $375,000 during the first quarter.

  • 19 inches of new snow for Isanti, Minn. 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:25 am
  • DULUTH, Minnesota - Deep snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin is proof of the weather adage that in April, just about anything can happen.

  • No-parole sentence reinstated for Minnesota man 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:44 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release for a man who was two months shy of his 18th birthday when prosecutors say he raped and killed a teenage girl, stabbing her 29 times with a screwdriver.

  • Millions pumping through Minn. campaign stream 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:49 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Millions of campaign dollars already are coursing through the Minnesota campaign system, which should leave no shortage of biting commercials on television and brochures in mailboxes attempting to sway voters.

  • Minnesota Senate rivals tied to investment firm 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 1:49 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over people.

  • Minn. Senate passes tax bill with additional cuts 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:25 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Minnesota Senate has given approval to another $101 million in tax breaks, but the array of relief differs from a House version.

  • Obama praises lawmakers for raising minimum wage 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:09 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - President Barack Obama is praising Minnesota lawmakers for raising the state's minimum wage.

  • Minnesota considers ending lawmaker immunity law 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:05 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A college project that alleged some state lawmakers might have used immunity to avoid drunken-driving arrests has sparked debate in Minnesota over whether to scrap a more than 150-year-old protection similar to those still on the books for Congress and most state legislatures.

  • Senate panel's medical pot hearing to be continued 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:26 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Medical marijuana has not yet been snuffed out in Minnesota.

  • Pedestrian killed in Columbia Heights 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 10:32 am
  • COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota - The Minnesota State Patrol says a young woman has died after she was struck by a vehicle in Columbia Heights.