Zellers Wants The Money

At a House committee hearing, GOP Rep. Kurt Zellers said his area, the northwest Twin Cities suburb of Maple Grove, is growing so fast that it needs more money than rural areas. He said that he thinks rural areas like where he grow up Devils Lake, N.D., can get by with less.

Education Chief Here

Gov. Tim Pawlenty said today that U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings will be in Minnesota next week. Pawlenty said he and Spellings will discuss federal education legislation. Congress is debating whether to renew the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Pawlenty: Rural MN Suffers In Road Bill

The DFL Legislature overrode Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s transportation funding veto over two weeks ago, but debate over the bill’s impact continues. Pawlenty, a Republican who has criticized the package for its tax increases, offered new critiques on his weekly radio show this morning. Pawlenty said rural Minnesota counties "definitely came out on the short end…
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North Dakotan Out

Grand Forks, N.D., native Jim Hovland today suspended his congressional race in the western Twin Cities. The Republican-turned-Democrat said he would consider getting back into the race if the 3rd Congressional District convention in April develops no clear winner. He and two others were running to replace another North Dakota native, Jim Ramstad, who is…
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GOP Attempts Blocked

House Republicans tried unsuccessfully today to pull two controversial bills from committee for floor debate — as a Friday deadline for bill hearings neared. They said they cannot get their bills discussed in committee, so must seek debate of the full House. "Those of us in the minority don’t expect to have our way, but…
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