Pawlenty Hints At Trip

Gov. Tim Pawlenty hinted he may travel overseas again to visit deployed Minnesota troops. On his weekly radio show, Pawlenty interviewed a Minnesota National Guard official in Kosovo, where more than 400 guard members are stationed. "I hope to get back this spring to visit you and the troops," Pawlenty told Lt. Col. Mike Funk…
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Highs And Lows

It has been a week of contrasts for Gov. Tim Pawlenty. It began with him being in the national political spotlight, leading the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., and fielding questions from national political reporters — as he has from Minnesota reporters — about prospects of him becoming Sen. John McCain’s presidential running…
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Bly State’s Poet Laureate

Famed poet Robert Bly is the state’s first official poet laurete. "Minnesota has a wonderful literary history, so it is a great honor to be our state’s first poet laureate," Bly said in a statement. Bly is a native of Madison, in western Minnesota, and lives in Minneapolis. Bly will promote the reading and writing…
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Molnau Vote Near

The Minnesota Senate may vote as early as Thursday on Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau’s confirmation. Democrats, who control the Senate, say they have the votes to remove her from the position. Senate Transportation Chairman Steve Murphy, the Red Wing DFLer who has led calls for Molnau’s ouster, said the caucus discussed the issue behind closed…
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Cleaning House

House Minority Leader Mary Seifert of Marshall booted all six of his caucus Republicans who voted for the transportation veto override from leadership and committee positions today. Among those demoted were Reps. Bud Heidgerken of Freeport, Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake, Jim Abeler of Anoka, Kathy Tingelstad of Andover, Ron Erhardt of Edina and Neil…
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