Bipartisan Help

In an unusual show of bipartisanship, the House Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party transportation leader will visit the Republican House caucus to discuss a funding bill due for a Thursday vote. Rep. Bernie Lieder, DFL-Crookston, will take some nonpartisan staff with him so Republican representatives have a chance to ask questions before the bill reaches a floor debate.…
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Airline Execs Write

Speculation mounts that Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines soon will announce a merger, and chief executive officers of the two companies have told U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar they hear Minnesota concerns about jobs. The Minnesota Democrat said she is concerned about a Delta-Northwest merger. But the two executives said they expect more jobs if…
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Land For Roads?

Final legislative votes are near on the DFL’s transportation funding plan that calls for tax and fee increases to pay for $7.7 billion in road, bridge and transit projects. But Rep. Steve Drazkowski has a different plan. The freshman Republican from Wabasha proposes selling a small percentage of state-owned forest land and using the proceeds…
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Pawlenty Cancels Speech

Gov. Tim Pawlenty canceled a speech today to a large renewable fuels conference in Las Vegas because of the "ongoing activity involving Northwest and Delta," his office said. A merger of Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines appears likely. "The governor wanted to be able to stay in direct contact with staff and commissioners in…
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Olson ‘sorry’

Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake, took to the House floor today with an apology for abusing his wife last year. Olson was convicted in the case, which convinced fellow Republicans to kick him out of their caucus. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, said Olson has paid all court costs related to the case and…
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