Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump greets Democratic candiate Hillary Clinton prior to their first presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sept. 26, 2016. (Reuters photo by Mike Segar)

Presidential Candidates ‘Don’t Have Understanding Of Rural America’

The two major presidential candidates appear to agree on something. Hillary Clinton: “America’s rural communities lie at the heart of what makes this country great.” Donald Trump: “Growing our farm sector and supporting our nation’s farmers are absolutely critical steps to making America great again.” The two short quotes from Democrat Clinton and Republican Trump…
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Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sept. 26, 2016. (Reuters photo by Lucas Jackson)

Trump, Clinton Differences On Rural Policies Evident With Stances On Regulations

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton do not talk much about rural issues on the campaign trail, but there is plenty of evidence showing they differ greatly on the subject. Trump generally buys into traditional Republican ideas and Clinton embraces Democratic principles. And perhaps nothing illustrates the contrast better than how they stand on federal government…
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As tree leaves change colors and fall, a shroud that has covered the Minnesota Capitol dome is coming down in this Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, photo. The covering protected workers replacing defective marble pieces. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Bad Marble Replaced As Minnesota Capitol Renovation Winds Down

Workers have replaced nearly 6,000 deteriorated marble pieces on the Minnesota Capitol building’s outside walls as part of a comprehensive $310 million inside and outside renovation project. They also made about 20,000 other repairs to the exterior. The marble work wrapped up in the past week when the final new marble piece was placed in…
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Chatter: Dayton’s ‘Not Affordable’ Insurance Quote Spurs Lots Of Talk

“The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people.” Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had not even finished the sentence when political reporters knew they had a story. After all, Dayton has been a strong proponent of the federal health care law, better known as Obamacare, and pushed to…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells reporters Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, that the federal "Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable" and he is looking into what the state can do to reduce health insurance costs. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Dayton: ‘Affordable Care Act Is No Longer Affordable’ For Many Americans

Minnesota’s governor says a President Barack Obama inspired health-care law needs work. “The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people,” Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday, Oct. 12, while encouraging state and federal lawmakers to make changes. Soaring health insurance costs are a “very serious problem,” Dayton told…
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