Girl Protection Bill OK’d; Budget Talks Resume

Protecting young Minnesota girls from what is known as female genital mutilation has gained strong state House support. “This is gender violence,” Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, said Monday before representatives voted 124-4 to get tough on the practice. It was an emotional debate. “I cried myself to sleep” Sunday night in anticipation of the debate,…
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Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

‘Show Them The Way Where There Does Not Seem To Be A Way’

Storms are in the forecast. While that is the St. Paul weather outlook, it also could be expected under the Capitol dome starting Monday, May 15, when state budget negotiations could resume. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the Legislature have deep divisions as they begin their final full week of the 2017…
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Chatter: Crane Coming Down, Capitol About Ready

A massive crane on the Minnesota Capitol’s north side is to come down in the next few days. The crane’s disappearance symbolizes the end of several years of Capitol renovation at a price tag of $310 million. The day probably comes none too soon for Gov. Mark Dayton, who more than once has been critical…
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Rural GOP Says Dayton Wages ‘War On Agriculture’

Rural Republican lawmakers say Minnesota’s governor is waging a war on agriculture. Many farm groups also object to some of Gov. Mark Dayton’s stances, although may not use language that strong. A coalition of 18 farm groups and 10 county commissioners on Thursday, May 11, sent the governor and lawmakers a letter saying a Dayton…
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