Invasive Carp Issue Quieter, But Still A Concern

Angst surrounding invasive carp may have eased in parts of Minnesota, but behind-the-scenes work ramps up as the threat remains. The first of the heavy-eating fish, originally known as Asian carp, was caught in Minnesota in 1991. At least one has been caught every year since 2006, with six so far this year. Scientists think…
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Chatter: Rural Lawmakers Look For Infrastructure Money

Infrastructure is becoming a Washington, D.C. hot topic. And no one is discussing it more than rural America’s lawmakers. “A strong rural infrastructure is necessary for our rural areas to remain vital but our rural economy faces unique infrastructure challenges,” U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said as the House Agriculture Committee discussed the topic on…
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Speaker Changes, Allows Lawmakers To Get Pay Raise

Minnesota House members will get pay raises after all. House Speaker Kurt Daudt announced Friday night, July 21, that he will instruct House staffers to begin paying representatives $45,000 a year, matching what senators have been receiving. The decision came after two lawmakers sued him for not allowing the raises, which were ordered by an…
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Judge Says Dayton Wrong When He ‘Effectively Abolished The Legislature’

A judge reached all the way to the Federalist Papers of 1787 to conclude Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton violated the state Constitution when he vetoed state House and Senate funding last spring. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison wrote in arguing in favor of the separation of powers doctrine that soon became…
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Governor Worries Trump ‘Unpredictability’ Will Impact Environment

Minnesota can keep its environment clean, but the President Donald Trump’s administration could make the job difficult, Gov. Mark Dayton says. “Everybody has to deal with the unpredictability of President Trump’s decisions,” Dayton told reporters Wednesday, July 19, after he talked to Scott Pruitt, administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The Democratic governor said…
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