The union exhibit at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair left no doubt about labor's No. 1 political goal: raising the state minimum wage. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Higher Wages, Other Laws Coming On Monday

Minnesota’s minimum wage rises August 1 and several new laws will hit the books. The state’s large employers must pay at least $9.50 an hour, while smaller businesses will be required to pay $7.75. Training and youth wages also must be at least $7.75. In 2018, Minnesota minimum wages begin rising annually to match inflation.…
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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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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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Example of map showing where plant buffers will be required around Minnesota waters. (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources map)

Minnesota Buffer Maps Out, But Many Already Are In Place

Minnesota farmers may not need to install as many mandated buffer strips as originally thought, but it still will cost millions of dollars to comply with a new state law. After announcing Tuesday that a new map is available showing where buffers are required, Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr quoted a new Otter Tail County…
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People gather outside the Governor's residence to protest the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by Minneapolis area police during a traffic stop on Wednesday, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Adam Bettcher

Squad Car Vandalized, But Mostly Quiet Night For Minnesota Shooting Protest

Protesters remained in front of the Minnesota governor’s residence Friday, continuing a vigil that began hours after a police officer shot and killed a 32-year-old black man in a Twin Cities suburb. While that gathering was peaceful, St. Paul police reported that early Friday some people left the Summit Avenue site and went a block…
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