As Farmer Suicides Rise, Lawmakers Examine Ways To Help

Minnesota farmers are committing suicide in numbers that rival the low days of agriculture during the 1980s farm crisis. “Unfortunately, there is no end in sight,” Meg Moynihan of the state Agriculture Department told the House Agriculture Finance Committee Tuesday, March 27. Moynihan coordinates the Farm and Rural Helpline, (833) 600-2670, which provides rural residents…
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Northern Minnesota Oil Pipeline Shortcut Legislation Draws Fire

A Republican effort to short-circuit the approval process for the Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota drew fire at a state House hearing. “We have a series of checks and balances,” Michele Naar of Duluth told the House jobs and energy committee Tuesday, March 27. “We have processes and we have requirements that…
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Gun-Control Bills Miss Legislative Deadline

By Tad Vezner, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Don Davis, Forum News Service The most likely path for getting a gun control bill through the Minnesota Legislature this year has expired. No legislation to restrict guns has advanced in the Republican-controlled Legislature, although the GOP is promoting a variety of school safety plans. Thursday, March 22, was…
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Lawmakers Approve First Bucket Of MNLARS Money

Money appears headed to state agencies trying to fix a computer software problem that has frustrated Minnesotans making motor vehicle license and registration transactions. The Senate and House on Thursday, March 22, approved a $10 million immediate influx for state agencies working on the software, but another $33 million is being requested for use beginning…
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Health Professionals Say School Safety Includes Them

Many students say gun restrictions can help keep them safer in schools, but the Minnesota legislative conversation on safe schools has broadened to other issues, some of which bring tears when people talk about them. “We are facing a public health crisis,” Carol Quinn told the state House Education Finance Committee Wednesday, March 21, with…
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