Don’t Bet On Big 2017 Minnesota Bonding Bill

Billions of dollars in state public works construction projects are on hold, and no one knows if the Minnesota Legislature will make money available for them in 2017. The 2016 Minnesota Legislature failed to fund projects like safer rail crossings, adding to and renovating existing college facilities, improving safety at state mental health hospitals, fixing…
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Klobuchar, McCain, Graham Warn Russia During Trip To Area

Russia will pay the price for meddling in the American election, a trio of U.S. senators warned Wednesday, Dec. 28, while visiting countries on the country’s western border. “We have all agreed to be pretty aggressive about an end to this Russian aggression,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said about the Obama administration’s claim that Russia…
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Greater Minnesota Child Care Shortage Called A Crisis

By Maureen McMullen,  Kaysey Price and Don Davis, Forum News Service Linda Hanisch often is the among first to know when a woman in her area is pregnant. Hanisch, director at Learning Circle in Red Wing, said parents’ hunt for child care openings typically starts in the early stages of pregnancy. “If you’re a first-time…
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Communication, Regulation Changes Seen As Child Care Improvement Keys

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Better communication and streamlined regulations are parts of the solution to a greater Minnesota child care crisis, according to key Republicans who will control the 2017 Legislature. Greater Minnesota home-based child care providers are dropping out, often to go to work elsewhere for far more money. Since 2006, the…
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Chatter: Ludeman Back As Top Senate Administrator

A former southwestern Minnesota Republican politician is slated to become the chief administrative state Senate official. If the full Senate agrees with Republican senators’ initial decision, Cal Ludeman will return to be Senate secretary, a job he held in 2011-2013 when Republicans last controlled the body. He would replace JoAnne Zoff, who replaced him in…
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