Lawmaker Tells Chairman Not To ‘Cower Behind Gavel’ Over Prescription Medicine Issue

It is personal for Rod Hamilton. The Minnesota state representative, a multiple sclerosis patient for 20 years, cannot get a committee chairman to consider a bill he says will help people like him who depend on prescription medicine. “Let’s have these debates,” Hamilton said Tuesday, March 14. “Don’t hide from it; don’t cower behind a…
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Bills Aim To Ease Greater Minnesota’s Housing, Homelessness Struggles

By Maureen McMullen Signs of homelessness in small Minnesota communities are not always as obvious as in bigger cities. While people without a roof over their head may be able to stay at a shelter or apply for housing projects in urban cities, homeless populations in rural communities may be hundreds of miles away from…
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Poultry Industry On ‘Higher Alert’ For Bird Flu Outbreak

Minnesota’s poultry industry is on high alert. This week marks the second anniversary of the beginning of a bird flu outbreak that ended with more than 9 million turkey and chicken deaths. Added to that, two American poultry operations are infected with bird flu. And to top it off, the 2017 weather is eerily similar…
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Contentious Minnesota Gun Law Would Allow Permitless Carry

By Maureen McMullen Minnesotans could bypass the permit process to carry a gun if a House bill became law. Another bill would eliminate the legal requirements to retreat before implementing deadly force for self-defense outside the home. House Public Safety Chairman Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, will consider both bills while drafting his overall public safety…
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Lawmakers Look To Dump City Plastic Bag Bans

The Republican-controlled Minnesota Legislature appears ready to stop plastic bag bans. A House committee last week voted 10-7 to stop ordinances such as Minneapolis has enacted and some Duluth residents want to stop stores from putting customers’ purchases in plastic bags. A Senate committee on Tuesday, March 7, heard arguments for and against the idea,…
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