Former Minnesota Legislative Leaders Together Again, This Time As University Regents

Steve Sviggum is about to rejoin Dean Johnson, but the pair from opposite political parties who held the top legislative positions a decade ago say it will be different this time as they work together as University of Minnesota regents. A joint session of the Republican-controlled Minnesota House and Senate elected Sviggum, a former GOP…
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Senators Celebrate Sunday Sales On Social Media

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Scrolling through a Sunday sales hashtag on Twitter, Minnesota Senate Democratic staffers briefly pondered a phrase that had been used to describe a bill that would allow Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota: “It’s lit.” “I feel like ‘lit’ is like ‘on fleek,’ but it would be a little more…
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Ex-Opioid Addict: Doctors Only Want To Prescribe ‘Pills, Pills, Pills, Pills’

Cindy Woldstad lived in pain, then became hooked on opioid painkillers. While being treated in Hibbing, doctors only wanted to give her “pills, pills, pills, pills,” she told a Minnesota House committee Tuesday, Feb. 21, during a day in which fighting opioid addiction was in the Minnesota Capitol spotlight. She did not want to leave…
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Former Senator To Lead Rural Minnesota Advocacy Group

Fresh off a five-year career at the Minnesota State Capitol, former Sen. Matt Schmit will take the lead of a new project with advocacy and policy research group Growth and Justice. The group aims to develop policies that stimulate economic prosperity throughout the state. Schmit will work from his hometown of Red Wing as the…
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Broad Stadium Reform Considered After Resignations

Ethics discussions moved beyond the troubled U.S. Bank Stadium governing authority after its two top officials resigned. While allowing family and friends into U.S. Bank Stadium free has been center of a controversy, the Thursday, Feb. 16, resignation of the facility’s chairwoman and executive director spurred discussion about other venues, too. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton…
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