Abandoned Prison Gets New Support

An abandoned western Minnesota prison became a viable option to house state prisoners Wednesday when two Democratic senators said that leasing space in it makes more sense than new construction. “I felt today there are legs under our proposal,” Swift County Commissioner Gary Hendrickx said after a prison overcrowding task force meeting. Several members of…
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Fritz Led Way In Vice Presidency

Vice President Joe Biden used Walter Mondale as an example when he became vice president, he told a crowd gathered Tuesday to honor Minnesota’s senior statesman. “The first person I called was Fritz” after then-presidential candidate Barack Obama asked him to be his running mate, Biden said, using Mondale’s nickname. Mondale and Biden talked an…
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Norm Coleman Announces He Has Cancer

Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman has throat cancer. Coleman posted on his Facebook page Monday morning that he is being treated by doctors at Mayo Clinic and in the Twin Cities. “It is clear that my cancer, while serious, is very treatable and the prognosis is extremely positive,” he said. Within minutes of the posting,…
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Attorney General Seeks Nursing Home Resident Protection

Minnesota’s attorney general is urging the federal government to enact rules that would help ensure people who are entering a nursing home don’t sign away their right to take disputes with the nursing home to court. Waiving the right to legal action is presented to Minnesotans as a separate agreement when someone moves to a…
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Political Chatter: A First For Home Care Worker Credited To Negotiations

A greater Minnesota home care worker made history the other day. Taking a paid day off doesn’t seem historic to many people, but it was for Francis Hall of Crosby. As far as the union representing home care workers knows, Hall is the first person to take time off under a contract with the state…
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