Franken Wins 5-0

Franni and Al Franken Nearly 3 million Minnesotans voted for a U.S. Senate candidate eight months ago, but in the end only five votes counted, those state Supreme Court justices who Tuesday decided Al Franken will be the state’s second U.S. senator. The high court’s unanimous decision giving Franken a 312-vote victory convinced Norm Coleman…
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Unallotment Job Loss Up To 4,700

Commissioner Hanson Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s decision to make unilateral budget cuts could cost up to 4,700 jobs across Minnesota, the state economist told legislative leaders this morning. In a confrontational meeting, House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, disputed some of those numbers. She told State Economist Tom Stinson that he undershot the number of jobs…
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Women Picked For Top 2 Ag Spots

Two Minnesota women are set to take over top federal agriculture spots in the state, if the Senate approves. Linda Hennen of Woodbury would become state Farm Service Agency executive director and Colleen Landkamer, a long-time Blue Earth County commissioner, would be state rural development director. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recommended the two in…
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Zellers Names Hamilton An Assistant

Rep. Rod Hamilton A southwestern Minnesota legislator who delivered some memorable speeches this year will be an assistant House minority leader. Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, was named to that position by new Minority Leader Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove. Zellers has made no other changes in the leadership team he inherited. “I am honored to…
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Green, Green, It’s Green They Say

Mike Kilgore Mike Kilgore says the green Minnesotans pay in a higher tax beginning Wednesday will mean a greener Minnesota in a year. Minnesota forests will stay green, prairies will turn greener and some wetlands will return to their green state thanks to a sales tax increase voters approved last November, Kilgore said. The increase,…
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