Knoblach Sues Over Senate Building

By Don Davis A former Minnesota House member who headed the public works committee is taking the state to court seeking to prevent construction of a new Senate office building. Former Rep. Jim Knoblach, R-St. Cloud, announced today that he is filing the suit because the measure lawmakers passed in May funding the building violated…
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State Starts To Plug Holes That Led To Release Of Mentally Ill Man

Procedures are in place to prevent mentally ill patients from being prematurely released from a high-security state hospital, Department of Human Services officials told Minnesota senators Monday.

Legislature Must Find Money Before New Taxes Can Disappear

Many Minnesota lawmakers from both political parties want to erase some newly enacted business taxes off the state books, but there is no guarantee that will happen next year.

Johnson, Ortman Win GOP Straw Poll For Governor, U.S. Senate

By Don Davis Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and state Sen. Julianne Ortman easily won straw polls for Minnesota governor and U.S. Senate during Saturday’s Republican State Central Committee meeting in Blaine. Johnson, a Detroit Lakes native and former state representative, finished the nonbinding poll with 35 percent, ahead of state Sen. Dave Thompson of…
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Notebook: Congress Close To Approving Minnesota Asian Carp Barrier

By Don Davis Congress appears set to approve a pair of provisions that could stop, or at least slow, the Asian carp invasion of Minnesota waterways. In the House-passed water bill are provisions to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock on the Mississippi River within a year and to better organize government efforts to…
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