Federal Cheese Purchase To Help Dairy Farmers, The Poor

Federal officials plan to buy cheese to help poor Americans who need food assistance and dairy farmers who are suffering from low prices. Tuesday’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend $20 million to buy 11 million pounds of cheese from private companies comes as the dairy industry experienced a 35 percent revenue…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, left, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt meet with reporters Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, after touring the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. (Governeor's office photo)

Dayton, Daudt Agree State Hospital Needs Security Help

Minnesota’s governor and House speaker agree that the St. Peter state hospital needs better security, after years of assaults on employees, but how soon that help can come remains in doubt. “There is no perfect answer,” House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said Monday after he and Gov. Mark Dayton toured the Minnesota Security Hospital. “One…
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Minnesota state Sen. Bill Ingebritsen of Alexandria takes a moment away from Senate debate Saturday, May 21, 2016, to talk on the telephone. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Senator, An Ex-Sheriff, Seeks Resolution Against Dayton’s Shooting Comment

A state senator and long-time law enforcement officer wants the Senate to admonish Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton for saying a police officer would not have shot a black St. Paul man had he been white. “He jumps to a conclusion” before the investigation into the July 6 shooting is done, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said…
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The days of large cranes and construction workers dominating the Minnesota Capitol will end later this year. A $300 million renovation project is to wrap up by Jan. 1, with construction officials saying the building will look pretty much done in October. The building has been mostly closed for more than a  year. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Political Chatter: Unified Groups Have Clout

People often complain about what their elected officials do, or do not do, but the Catholic Advocacy Network is trying to drive home the point that Minnesotans in general have the real say in government. “Many Catholics are experiencing a sense of political homelessness,” the group said in an email. “Neither major political party seems…
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Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, left, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk share a light moment Friday, July 15, 2016, before heading into negotiations that could lead to a special legislative session. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Governor, Leaders Say They Are Near Special Session Deal

The governor and top two legislative leaders say they tentatively agree to call Minnesota legislators back to St. Paul for a special legislative session the third week in August to pass tax and public works bills, but work remains before that can happen. After meeting two hours in private, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton; Senate Majority…
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