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An act of political courage - and a tone-deaf response - on gun safety

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:40:02 GMT

Thousands of high school students marched to the Minnesota State Capitol on March 7 to protest gun violence and pressure lawmakers to enact stricter gun control. The generation whose blood is being shed in school shootings is just beginning to flex its political might.

Dayton's Budget Looks to Undo GOP-Backed Tax Breaks

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:23:04 GMT

KSTP's Chief Political Reporter Tom Hauser will breakdown the budget on Ch. 5 starting at 4:30 p.m. Gov. Mark Dayton wants to undo some GOP-backed tax breaks passed last year and give some money back to Minnesota families.

Plant Used as Opioid Substitute Linked to Salmonella Outbreak, Officials Say

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:21:01 GMT

The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture are joining the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in warning the public not to consume a plant known as kratom because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. A release from the Department of Health said officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections that have been linked to the plant's consumption.

Death Toll Rises to 6 in Florida Bridge Collapse, Search Continues

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:13:26 GMT

The Miami-Dade police said the death toll in a Florida pedestrian bridge collapse has increased to six as the search continues Friday. Det. Alvaro Alvaro Zabaleta said the operation has turned from rescue to recovery at the scene near Florida International University.

Great River now offers tools ta

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:54:48 GMT

In conjunction with other Minnesota libraries, Great River Regional Library now offers a new suite of resources - collectively called MN Writes MN Reads - to help authors connect with readers locally and beyond. MN Writes MN Reads is a free, user-friendly collection of tools for creating, publishing and sharing e-books with readers across Minnesota and potentially the country.

Gov. Mark Dayton Reflects on Time in Office with Last State of the State Address

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:00:04 GMT

In his last State of the State address, Gov. Mark Dayton reflected on the past and looked to the future of Minnesota. He is not seeking re-election, and will leave office early next year.

Minnesota, Wisconsin Students Join National Gun Violence Walkout

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:45:05 GMT

Students at a Minneapolis high school joined their counterparts across Minnesota and around the country in a walkout to take a stand against gun violence. The walkout happened at 10 a.m. Wednesday and comes one month following the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Man Found Guilty Of Crashing, Leaving Girlfriend To Die

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:04:09 GMT

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Alleged leader of mosque bombing could be threatening figure

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:39:01 GMT

In this Aug. 15, 2017 file photo, Law enforcement officials investigate an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn. Federal authorities said Tuesday, March 13, 2018, they have charged three men from rural central Illinois with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque last year and one of the men told an investigator the goal of the attack was to "scare" Muslims out of the United States.

Dayton appoints Quinn to Compensation Court of Appeals

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 02:15:26 GMT

Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Sean M. Quinn as judge on the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals. Quinn will replace Manuel J. Cervantes for a term expiring Jan. 7, 2019.

House panel advances bill to ban cellphone use while driving

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:35:02 GMT

Minnesota motorists who use their cellphones while driving would face stiff penalties under a proposal that won a key round at the State Capitol Tuesday. Advocates jammed a House committee hearing Tuesday in support of a measure that would make it illegal to hold a cellphone or other electronic device while driving.

School security: Is there such thing as too much?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:17:29 GMT

Should they all have armed guards? Locked entrances with bulletproof glass? Teachers with weapons and tactical training to intercept a violent intruder? After 17 students and staff were killed on Valentine's Day at a high school in Parkland, Fla., lawmakers across the nation have a renewed sense of urgency to make schools as safe as possible.

Dayton Introduces Legislation To Fight Elder Abuse

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:44:40 GMT

This comes after a wave of criticism against the state health department's lag in addressing elder abuse claims. Governor Dayton introduced new proposals on Tuesday that will protect the health and safety of seniors and vulnerable adults.

Surly is the brewery to beat in the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:11:06 GMT

Since we announced our second annual Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket last week, readers armed with drinking experience and barrels full of opinions cast their ballots for what they deemed to be the best suds in all the state. The people have spoken, the field is set and it's time to decide which Minnesota breweries will advance to the Ale-ite Eight.

The Latest: 3 men charged in Minnesota mosque bombing

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:48:38 GMT

The Latest on the arrests of three men from central Illinois suspected in bombing of Minnesota mosque last summer : Three men from rural central Illinois have been charged with arson in the bombing of a suburban Minneapolis mosque last year. Federal authorities say the men were arrested Tuesday in Illinois on separate gun charges and that they were suspects in the mosque bombing.

Three men arrested, charged in Minnesota mosque bombing

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:24:01 GMT

Michael Hari, seen in this July 2017 mugshot, is one of three men charged in connection with the bombing Three Illinois men have been arrested and charged in connection with the August bombing of a mosque in a Minneapolis suburb, federal officials said Tuesday. The men -- identified as Michael B. Hari, 47; Joe Morris, 22; and Michael McWhorter, 29 -- also face charges of possession of a machine gun and are suspects in the attempted bombing of an Illinois abortion clinic this past November, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Springfield, Ill.

GOP proposes work requirement for Minnesotans getting medical assistance

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:01:53 GMT

Medical Assistance recipients who are not working, job hunting or volunteering could lose their benefits under a measure Minnesota legislators proposed Monday. Republicans in the House and Senate want to join other states that have added work requirements to their Medicaid programs, which in Minnesota is called Medical Assistance.

Official Who Led Troubled Licensing System Is Fired

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:18:02 GMT

A state official who led Minnesota's troubled computer system for vehicle licensing has been fired. The $93 million system has been plagued by problems since it went online last summer.

Committees unlikely to take up Minnesota gun bills

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:28:35 GMT

Minnesota state Sen. Matt LIttle of Lakeville talks about a bill Monday, March 12, 2018, he sponsors that would extend background checks to all firearms sales in the state. With him are Sens. Paul Anderson of Plymouth and Scott Jensen of Chaska.

Minnesota GOP legislators want Medicaid recipients to work

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 06:43:12 GMT

They said the bill they unveiled Monday, March 12, would not force disabled people or those who need to stay home to care for a dependent to give up Medicaid, known in Minnesota as Medical Assistance. Rep. Kelly Fenton, R-Woodbury, said her bill would "lift Minnesotans out of poverty by encouraging them to get work."