Westrom Prefers State House

GOP state Rep. Torrey Westrom’s name has been tossed around in recent years as a possible challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District. Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, said he will run for public office this fall — but it’ll be for a 7th term in the Minnesota House. He downplayed rumors…
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Governor Logs 2 Vetoes

Gov. Tim Pawlenty today vetoed a bill restricting release of health care debt information and a resolution supporting federal legislation to make it easier to unionize workers. The health care data bill did not adequately define terms used in the measure, the governor said. Bill supporters said the bill would restrict health-care providers from disclosing…
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Budget Talks Go Slow

In a sign that state budget negotiations are not going well, Gov. Tim Pawlenty is looking at ways to fix a budget deficit if he and legislative leaders cannot reach an agreement by the Legislatures May 19 adjournment date. Today, for the first time in public, the Republican governor said he is considering options in…
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Lieder: Recognition Timely

Rep. Bernie Lieder was recognized today by the Minnesota House for his service in World War II, but the Crookston Democrat admitted he nearly forgot this was the 63rd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. "The 8th didn’t ring any bells," he said. However, Lieder, 85, said he appreciated the recognition he and other World…
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No Hemp Declaration

A proposal to allow hemp production failed to make it into the final House-Senate conference committee agriculture bill report. But Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, reminded the House tonight that the original Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper — and Gov. Tim Pawlenty asked that the hemp provision be removed on the day one…
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