Turkeys’ Frowns Turned Upside Down For Farmers

By Don Davis Everyone was all smiles Monday as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton led a traditional celebration of Minnesota’s role in Thanksgiving dinners across the country. The governor was happy to brag about the industry’s nearly $1 billion impact to the Minnesota economy as the country’s leading turkey producing state. Turkey growers wore smiles because…
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Pawlenty Happy Out Of Politics

By Don Davis Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was not involved in the 2014 election, and seems just happy with that. “I have kinda taken a political sabbatical,” Pawlenty told reporters Friday after he talked to Republican state House members. However, he later sent a message to reporters that he meant that he was retired…
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Mapping The Vote

Rural Votes Decide House Control

By Charley Shaw and Don Davis Rod Hamilton summarized the Republican takeover of the Minnesota House: “This election should be a wakeup call to all state leaders! Do not turn your back on greater Minnesota!!” Indeed, the Mountain Lake Republican legislator’s tweet pointed out, 10 of 11 House seats Republicans picked up from Democrats came…
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Voters Split Their Picks

By Don Davis Minnesota retains its reputations for being, well, unpredictable when it comes to elections. In Tuesday’s election, the state’s voters gave two Democratic former recount survivors relatively easy victories, but turned over control of the state House to Republicans. They gave Democrats wins in two hotly contested U.S. House races, with one a…
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