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March 16, 2018
Buffers of grass that filter crop land pollutants and soil out of water are required by Minnesota law. Submitted photo / Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Capitol Chatter: Buffer-related lawsuit fails
March 16, 2018 - 2:05pm
March 14, 2018
Sharing a laugh cannot be a bad sign. Gov. Mark Dayton got Senate President Michelle Fischbach and House Speaker Kurt Daudt to laugh Wednesday night, March 14, 2018, as the governor delivered his State of the State speech. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Dayton looks back, ahead in his last State of State speech
March 14, 2018 - 9:15pm
March 12, 2018
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. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Committees unlikely to take up Minnesota gun bills
March 12, 2018 - 6:16pm
March 7, 2018
Caroline Palmer of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault testifies in a Minnesota Senate committee Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in favor of legislation making it illegal to intentionally touch someone's buttocks. Watching are Sens. John Marty and Carolyn Laine. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota legislation would make touching butts illegal
March 7, 2018 - 5:29pm
March 5, 2018
Cottage Grove, Minn., houses one of the east metro's 3M sites. Katie Nelson / Forum News Service
GOP lawmakers concerned about 3M lawsuit settlement
March 5, 2018 - 4:31pm
March 2, 2018
Minnesota House Transportation Chairman Paul Torkelson of Hanska talks to Commissioner Johanna Clyborne of Minnesota Information Technology Services after a Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, meeting about long delays in issuing motor vehicle titles, registrations and license plates. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Capitol Chatter: MNLARS issues foreshadow future projects
March 2, 2018 - 1:12pm
February 26, 2018
Minnesota state Rep. Jennifer Schultz of Duluth listens to testimony Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, about what the House can do to improve its sexual harassment rules. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota House begins harassment rule update process
February 26, 2018 - 4:30pm
February 23, 2018
Minnesota state Rep. Rod Hamilton says on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, that he would like to expand state programs that help provide fresh fruit and vegatables to schools. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Capitol Chatter: Lawmakers say meetings can help fight childhood hunger
February 23, 2018 - 11:39am
February 21, 2018
Windom, Minn., Mayor Dominic Jones tells reporters Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, that his city cannot afford to build a $15 million sewage treatment plant without state help. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Cities say they need state money to meet water rules
February 21, 2018 - 5:38pm
February 16, 2018
Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook is center of attention as he answers a reporter's question during a Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, Forum News Service-sponsored pre-session briefing. From left are Bakk, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Gov. Mark Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Daudt and House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman. David Oakes / Minnesota Senate photographer
Minnesota lawmakers must pass own budget, but not much work mandatory
February 16, 2018 - 10:44am
December 27, 2017
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Sen. Carrie Ruud was named Legislator of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Ruud named Legislator of Year for environmental work
December 27, 2017 - 6:00am
December 19, 2017
Officer Eric Swanson
Crosslake: Swanson promoted to sergeant
December 19, 2017 - 8:00am
December 18, 2017
Crosslake: Council discusses city employees having part-time jobs
December 18, 2017 - 4:00am
December 16, 2017
PUC: Line 3 environmental review needs more work
December 16, 2017 - 6:30am
December 14, 2017
The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 5, approved design options for Trailside Park improvements that are scheduled to begin in the spring. Click to view entire graphic.
Pequot Lakes: Council approves Trailside Park design items on split vote
December 14, 2017 - 4:00am