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Chatter: Minnesota Capitol Not Alone In Renovation Work

A recent drive through Cheyenne, Wyo., included a familiar scene to a Minnesota Capitol insider: a Capitol building undergoing renovation. At least eight state capitols, as well as the U.S. Capitol, are undergoing renovations or the work was completed recently. Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction Co. is overseeing, or at least has a hand in,…
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Newest Poll Shows ‘Minnesota Is In Play’ With Clinton Up By 7 Points

A new Minnesota presidential poll continues to show a closer contest than is common in the state, with Hillary Clinton up by 7 points. However, if Minnesota voters are like Americans in general, half were waiting for debates to begin to make up their minds. A just-released SurveyUSA poll from the Twin Cities’ KSTP-TV indicates…
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Minnesota and Xcel Energy officials announce on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, that a third of the state Capitol complex will get electricity from rural Minnesota solar and wind farms. From left are Administration Commissioner Matt Massman, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Excel President Chris Clark. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Capitol Complex To Get Power From Rural Minnesota

Rural Minnesota wind and solar farms likely will provide a third of the electricity for the state’s 23-building Capitol complex near downtown St. Paul. State and Xcel Energy officials on Wednesday, Sept. 21, announced a 20-year deal to use power from North Star Solar Project in Chisago County and Odell Wind Warm in Cottonwood, Jackson,…
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Minnesota leaders walk outside to talk to reporters Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, after they failed to reach a deal to call a special legislative session. From left are House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Staff Talks Begin New Work Toward Special Legislative Session

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a special legislative session dead just more than a month ago, but on Thursday, Sept. 22, legislative and executive branch staff members gather to discuss bringing legislators back this fall. The governor raised the possibility of resurrecting special session talks during a late-August State Fair interview and talked to House…
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Fifteen-month-old Bart Smith is not as interested in Black Lives Matter issues as his parents, Tyler and Tiffani Smith of Eagan are at a 2016 Minnesota State Fair booth. They talk to Todd Gramenz, who supports the Black Lives Matter concept but does not have backing of the organization. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Fair Booth Encourages Black Lives Matter Discussion

A message from a Black Lives Matter Minnesota State Fair booth is that people throughout the state can learn from actions the organization takes in the Twin Cities. As Todd Gramenz of St. Paul mans his booth, where he sells T-shirts with inscriptions such as “Hands up don’t shoot,” he hears from people around Minnesota…
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