Chief Justice Worries About Legislative Budget Plans

The Minnesota court system’s leader says she fears state residents will feel an impact if legislative budget proposes become law. Chief Justice Lorie Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court said she does not want to return to the days when criminals were set free because courts could not wade through cases quickly enough. “Justice delayed…
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Sioux Seek Minnesota Land

A group of American Indians whose ancestors rescued whites during an 1862 Indian war want to collect on a federal government promise of a 12-square-mile tract in west-central Minnesota. The six people, seeking the land for about 20,000 Mdewakanton Sioux Indians, on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue. They have…
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MN Will Not Appeal ND Coal Plant Lawsuit

Minnesota will not appeal a federal court ruling that called unconstitutional a Minnesota law restricting importing electricity from coal-fired electric generating plants. North Dakota filed the suit against the Minnesota Next Generation Energy Act, passed in 2007, and won in a federal district court. A federal appeals court panel in June agreed with the district…
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McKeig Brings Different Background To Minnesota High Court

Anne McKeig becomes the first American Indian on the Minnesota Supreme Court, bringing a different background than other justices. “I grew up in rural Minnesota in challenging circumstances surrounded by poverty,” McKeig wrote to Gov. Mark Dayton before he interviewed her, and two others, for the job. “The lessons I learned as a young woman…
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Political Chatter: Minnesotans Of Both Parties Sorry To See Boehner Go

One day, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner was at the top of the world with Pope Francis speaking to a joint meeting of Congress after 20 years of the Ohio Republican asking pontiffs do to that. The next day, Boehner resigned, effective in a month, surprising House members of both major parties. “Speaker Boehner has…
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