Farm Loan Program Wins Approval In Time For Spring

Unseasonably warm weather is making Minnesota farmers itchy to get into the fields, but some have not ordered seeds while they wait to know their financial standing. Soon, they should have that answer if Gov. Mark Dayton does as expected and signs legislation to pump $35 million into a farmer loan program. Minnesota senators voted…
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Protesters Seek Freedom To Protest

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Activists say legislation that would charge protesters for public safety costs directly targets movements like Black Lives Matter. A crowd gathered near the front steps of the Minnesota Capitol Thursday, Feb. 16, as leaders with organizations like Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and the Black Liberation Project called on Minnesota…
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3 Counties Foot Bill To Fight State Auditor Lawsuit

It is not fair that three counties are funding a fight to allow all 87 Minnesota counties to save money, a Becker County commissioner says. “It is a bigger issue than just our county,” Commissioner Barry Nelson told a state House committee Wednesday, Feb. 15, but so far a lawsuit by State Auditor Rebecca Otto…
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Legislators Consider Requiring, Funding Minnesota Police Diversity Training

Minnesota law enforcement officers, who have received minority community criticism after high-profile shootings and other incidents, likely soon will be required to take diversity training, partially at state expense. Police groups not only welcome the concept, but presented it to state legislators. “This will be a game changer for law enforcement,” said Dennis Flaherty, who…
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Protect Minnesota Takes Aim At ‘Lifetime Permit’ Gun Bill

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Opponents of a proposal to allow carrying handguns for life say the legislation would allow people to carry guns after it is safe. Under Minnesota law, permits expire every five years, at which point applicants must undergo training and pay a fee to renew their permit. The new bill,…
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