Political Chatter: 2012 Ag Controversy Continues With Committee Assignments

Republicans who will control the Minnesota House next year angered Democrats by leaving a strong environmentalist off the environmental committee. House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, released a list of committee members Thursday night, and the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee list did not include Rep. Jean Wagenius, D-Minneapolis. She has served on the committee…
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Political Chatter: North Dakota Is Major Minnesota Political Topic

It is hard to talk long to any Minnesota official without hearing about North Dakota. The reason? Oil that is, black gold, Bakken tea. The first thing you know, old North Dakota’s a billionaire. All that money has Minnesota politicians envious and concerned. From Gov. Mark Dayton on down, it is common to hear them…
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Will Minnesota Challenge Federal Officials Over Drones?

Privacy advocates want legislators to regulate drones flying over Minnesota’s landscape. “As it now stands, it is a little bit of the wild west,” Jay Stanley of the American Civil Liberties Union told a Minnesota legislative meeting Friday. But it is not clear how much federal authorities would allow the state to do. Federal Aviation…
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Winter Energy Outlook Good, Without Vortex

Minnesota is one polar vortex away from a winter energy crisis. With a warm-up predicted for coming days, bitter cold may be a memory, but experts say propane and wood for heating and coal for generating electricity could be in short supply if this winter begins to look like last winter. “We are at the…
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Minnesota Senators Look To Wisconsin For Workforce Advice

Stories of Minnesota manufacturers finding it difficult to fill jobs abound around rural Minnesota, and some state senators are looking at ways to help. It may only take a little nudge to move businesses to taking action, a Wisconsin education leader Monday told seven members of a Minnesota Senate rural task force. “There is a…
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