- Special session means 2nd chance for some interests Updated: May-20-15 7:41 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Now that Minnesota lawmakers will be pulled back into action, the second-chance stampede is on.
- Minnesota DFL cans fundraiser due to looming special session Updated: May-20-15 1:11 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party fundraiser featuring Gov. Mark Dayton and top legislative Democrats is off.
- Lawmakers adjourn; Dayton veto over education spending looms Updated: May-19-15 2:45 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's Legislature finalized a two-year spending plan just before a midnight deadline struck, but they adjourned with a near-certain special session looming to solve an education budget standoff with Gov. Mark Dayton.
- As lawmakers battle budget deadline, impact becomes clearer Updated: May-18-15 2:01 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - As Minnesota lawmakers scrambled Sunday to piece together the state's next budget before a fast-approaching deadline, the impact of the roughly $42 billion package on residents started coming into focus, and the prospect of an overtime session for education funding hung in the air.
- Meet under a tent? Minnesota Senate leader says unlikely Updated: May-17-15 11:17 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Hold your puns about a bunch of politicians meeting under the big top.
- Dayton says he'll stand firm on education spending Updated: May-16-15 12:25 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton says he's standing firm in his insistence that lawmakers spend more on schools and less on potential tax cuts, even if it means a special session.
- Lawmakers still not done, but political cash dash nearing Updated: May-14-15 3:06 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers have the bulk of the session's work to finish, but they're already gearing up for the usual post-session fundraising blitz to follow.
- In make-or-break week, Minnesota budget talks advance slowly Updated: May-11-15 10:49 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Discussions aimed at getting a Minnesota budget deal are resuming Tuesday after a few hours of high-level talks barely moved the needle.
- Dayton opens Minnesota walleye season on Lake Vermilion Updated: May-09-15 4:44 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota's walleye season is officially open.
- In session's final push, Minnesota budget deal still elusive Updated: May-09-15 11:25 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's legislative session is moving into its final, frantic week with the full outline of a new state budget still a blur but some potential elements of an agreement coming into focus.
- Dayton, Pawlenty join groundbreaking at state's newest park Updated: May-08-15 8:02 pm
- Boat diplomacy: Capitol's top 3 headed on joint fishing trip Updated: May-05-15 2:16 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's center of political power is moving north for the weekend.
- Dayton threatens veto of budget bill over campaign-law part Updated: May-04-15 3:05 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto a state agency budget bill if Republicans don't agree to remove a part that would ditch candidate spending limits and undo current restrictions on where their donations originate.
- Under construction: Minnesota leaders scurry to build budget Updated: May-01-15 12:01 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Break out the hard hats: the real hammering in Minnesota's construction-zone Capitol is about to start.
- House passes budget that cuts MinnesotaCare Updated: Apr-29-15 2:41 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - House Republicans put a health care program for tens of thousands of low-income Minnesotans on the chopping block as the centerpiece of a budget bill that aims to put up half of the $2 billion in tax relief GOP lawmakers hope to offer.
- Dayton to call emergency meeting on bird flu in Minnesota Updated: Apr-26-15 12:58 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton will convene his Executive Council on Monday as Minnesota responds to a bird flu outbreak that has killed millions of birds in the state's poultry industry.
- Cities face millions in wastewater upgrades, repairs Updated: Apr-25-15 11:13 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Public works employees in the southwestern city of Minneota frequently hang inside manholes, poking with a long stick to move chunks of human waste and refuse that block sewer flow. The mayor of Winsted, a city of about 2,400, wonders how he'll pay for a $7 million upgrade to the town's wastewater treatment facility to meet new environmental standards. In Detroit Lakes, residents face a doubling of sewer rates to pay for a new wastewater facility.
- Lawmakers drawing up contingency funding plans for bird flu Updated: Apr-24-15 6:34 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Top Minnesota lawmakers said Friday they're developing contingency plans that would allow state agencies to more easily access emergency response dollars if the spread of avian influenza intensifies in the nation's leading turkey producing state.
- In visit, Walker discounts idea Wisconsin lagging Minnesota Updated: Apr-23-15 5:00 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker hopped across the border Thursday to mingle with Minnesota Republicans and while there discounted suggestions that Wisconsin's economy has performed worse in his time as governor than its Democratic-led neighbor.
- Branstad asks agencies to monitor bird flu outbreak in Iowa Updated: Apr-23-15 4:48 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad has asked several state agencies to monitor the outbreak of a deadly form of bird flu that's reached Iowa and led to an emergency declaration in Minnesota.
- House GOP shuts down DFL education spending proposal Updated: Apr-23-15 1:35 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota House Republicans have shut down a DFL bid to spend far more on schools over the next two years.