Pop Quiz: Ventura Or Trump?

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura wrote in Time Magazine that he does not understand why the media compare him to President-elect Donald Trump. See if you think they sound alike. Take this quiz to guess who said what. Answers are at the bottom. A) The fact is I give people what they need and deserve…
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Chatter: Urban Legislators Shut Out Of Top Leadership Roles

Three of four legislative leaders come from rural Minnesota, and none from Minneapolis or St. Paul. Only Rep. Melissa Hortman of suburban Brooklyn Park comes from the Twin Cities. The Democrat will be House minority leader. Rep. Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, continues as House speaker and Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook remains as the top Senate…
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Medica Individual Insurance Policies Sell Out

Most Minnesotans looking to buy new Medica individual insurance policies, but have not already made the purchase for 2017, are out of luck. The state Commerce Department announced early Friday, Nov. 11, that Medica of Wisconsin and Medica Insurance Co. reached a cap on the number of new policies they are willing to sell. That…
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Gazelka Ready To Lead Senate

Sen. Paul Gazelka said he had no intention of becoming the Minnesota Senate’s leader until his wife, Maralee, reacted to election returns. “My wife said, ‘You ought to be running for that seat,”” the Nisswa senator said Thursday, Nov. 10, moments after fellow Republicans elected him the majority leader in the second time the GOP…
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Will 2017 Be Repeat Of 2011 Division, Shutdown?

The last time during Democratic Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s term that Republicans controlled the state House and Senate, things did not go so well. In 2011, the governor and legislators could not agree on a budget, so when the new budget year began the state went into a 21-day government shutdown for lack of money.…
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