Minnesota Public Radio features by Mark Zdechlik http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=78 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 26 May 2018 03:24:00 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mark Zdechlik http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 SW light rail costs vex some on Hennepin Co. board Some on the Hennepin County board showed their displeasure Thursday over the latest cost increase for the proposed Southwest Corridor light rail line that puts the projected cost at more than $2 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/17/southwest-light-rail-costs-hennepin-commissioners?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2018 17:00:00 -0500 Eden Prairie leader presses gun shops to voluntarily restrict sales The city can't stop gun sales, but one council member wants the city to formally ask gun sellers to stop selling military-style assault weapons and prohibit firearms sales to anyone younger than 21. A hearing is set for Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/16/gun-control-eden-prairie-leader-shops-should-curb-sales?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2018 14:00:00 -0500 Stauber brings deep roots, Trump ties to 8th District race Republicans hope to turn Minnesota's 8th District red with Pete Stauber, who has deep ties to the area and the backing of President Trump. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/11/stauber-brings-deep-roots-trump-ties-to-8th-district-race?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Her son couldn't afford insulin and died. Now she's fighting Big Pharma. A mother who lost her son because he couldn't afford all the insulin he needed to keep his diabetes in check will be among those protesting high insulin prices at the state Capitol Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/11/soaring-insulin-prices-prompt-protest-at-capitol?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Eighth District Democrats wage four-way primary battle Democrats hope they can hold on to Minnesota's 8th Congressional District even though DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan is not running for re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/07/eighth-district-democrats-wage-four-way-primary-battle?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Medical Association aims to address discrimination against LGBTQ patients The Minnesota Medical Association is sponsoring two forums this month to address health care provider discrimination against LGBTQ people in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/06/minnesota-medical-association-aims-to-address-discrimination-against-lgbtq-patients?refid=0 Sun, 06 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis forum to address challenges of licensing immigrant doctors The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is hosting a forum May 1 on helping doctors trained abroad make the transition to practicing medicine in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/29/minneapolis-forum-to-address-challenges-of-licensing-immigrant-doctors-in-minnesota?refid=0 Sun, 29 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Study: Autism at elevated rates in Twin Cities kids New University of Minnesota research found a higher percentage of kids in Hennepin and Ramsey county have autism spectrum disorder diagnosis than the national average. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/26/autism-at-elevated-rates-in-twin-cities-kids?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota health officials warn of possible measles exposures The Minnesota Department of Health said someone traveling through southern Minnesota earlier this month may have exposed others to the highly contagious virus at two retail locations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/25/minn-health-officials-warn-of-possible-measles-exposure?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:11:45 -0500 Minnesota STD cases hit record high number The Minnesota Department of Health said sexually transmitted disease infections are on the rise in the state, and sexually active people at elevated risk should seeking testing at least annually. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/24/minnesota-std-cases-hit-record-high-number?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:33:24 -0500 Did the new tax law cut your taxes? You might be surprised Minnesota tax preparers warn many people could get some bad news at tax time next year if they don't find out now how the new Republican tax law changes their tax obligation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/23/minnesota-tax-preparers-talk-federal-tax-law-changes?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota won't collect $30M in MinnesotaCare premiums The Minnesota Department of Human Services said there is no way it can economically recover more than $30 million in unpaid health premiums the agency billed improperly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/12/minnesota-wont-collect-30-million-minnesotacare-premiums?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:34:37 -0500 Minnesota's premature death rate lowest in the nation A new national analysis of what is called "years of life lost," concludes Minnesotans die prematurely at lower rates than residents of any other state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/10/minnesota-premature-death-rate-lowest-in-nation?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:41:22 -0500 Liberal cruises in Wisconsin Supreme Court race, and Dems see hope Liberal judge Rebecca Dallet's runaway victory in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race cheered Democrats. She nearly won even in western Wisconsin's St. Croix County, a conservative stronghold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/04/liberal-cruises-wisconsin-court-race-dems-see-hope?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 05:51:45 -0500 Minnesota's big health plans ended 2017 in the black The trade association for Minnesota health plans said the insurers ended 2017 with more than $300 million dollars in net income available to put in reserves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/03/minnesota-health-plans-ended-2017-in-the-black?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:56:35 -0500 Bartenders to cash in on tip-pooling lawsuit Surly employees sued the Minneapolis based brewery, beer hall and restaurant, accusing the company of illegally forcing them to pool tips. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/30/bartenders-to-cash-in-on-tippooling-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0500 Pence to Mpls. crowd: Past year has been 'promises made and promises kept' Vice President Mike Pence praised Minnesota GOP delegation in remarks to tax group at convention center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/28/vice-president-mike-pence-to-talk-taxes-in-minneapolis-expect-morning-traffic-tangles?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Some DFLers say Washington Democrats are 'bigfooting' Minn. congressional races Some Minnesota congressional hopefuls accuse the official campaign arm of House Democrats of picking winners before the grassroots party endorsement process has run its course. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/23/dfl-say-washington-democrats-bigfooting-minnesota-races?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 MNsure tightens enrollment loophole A MNsure review found roughly one quarter of people enrolling after the annual open enrollment period closed had failed to document their eligibility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/20/mnsure-tightens-enrollment-loophole?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:34:31 -0500 Bill could help reduce cases of Minnesotans overpaying for prescription drugs A Minnesota Senate committee holds a hearing Tuesday on a bill designed to protect consumers from overpaying for medications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/19/bill-could-help-reduce-cases-of-minnesotans-overpaying-for-prescriptions?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:08:45 -0500 MNsure CEO moving on to new job MNsure CEO Allison O'Toole is stepping down and heading for a health care startup focused on ensuring access to affordable health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/14/mnsure-ceo-steps-down-for-new-job?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:10:25 -0500 St. Paul cracking down on unlicensed short-term rentals About 400 short-term landlords are getting letters warning they face misdemeanor charges if they fail to comply within 30 days with new rules that took effect in early December. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/11/st-paul-cracking-down-unlicensed-short-term-rentals?refid=0 Sun, 11 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota nonprofits want lawmakers to encourage more giving A trade group for Minnesota nonprofits wants state lawmakers to make charitable donations more beneficial to taxpayers in response to the federal tax changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/06/minn-nonprofits-want-lawmakers-to-encourage-more-giving?refid=0 Sat, 10 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Allina Health is alerting patients over improper injections Allina Health says more than 150 patients at its Bandana Square clinic were injected by a nurse who sometimes improperly reused syringes on multiple patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/06/allina-health-alerting-patients-over-improper-injections?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:58:04 -0600 MN med tech industry warns tariffs could drive up health care costs Minnesota's medical device industry says President Trump's threatened steel tariff would increase their production costs which they would pass on to customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/02/minnesota-med-tech-warning-on-tariffs?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:27:34 -0600 Flu claims the life of another child in Minnesota Minnesota health officials say another child has died from influenza complications bringing the total number of fatal cases in the current outbreak to five. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/01/flu-claims-another-life-of-child-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:41:48 -0600 Dayton pushes lawmakers again to open MinnesotaCare to all Gov. Mark Dayton says the state could operate an insurance plan for less money than private insurers. Republican legislative leaders, fearing it would end up costing taxpayers, don't support the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/01/minnesotacare-health-coverage-to-all-dayton-plan?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:41:09 -0600 GOP tax bill debate plays out in MN's wealthiest district Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen said his constituents will get a larger tax cut than the national average, but Democratic candidates say it piles on the national debt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/01/gop-tax-bill-debate-erik-paulsen-campaign-congress?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Analysis: Medical cannabis users find pain reduction New Minnesota Department of Health research indicates people with moderate to high pain levels found significant relief from medical cannabis use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/01/medical-cannabis-users-find-pain-reduction?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Judge rules in favor of Met Council for Southwest light rail A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the route of the proposed Southwest Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/27/swlrt-lawsuit-thrown-out?refid=0 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:35:48 -0600 Serious medical errors rising in Minnesota In its annual Minnesota's Adverse Health Events report, the Minnesota Department of Health documented a rising number of seriously flawed medical care in hospitals and surgery centers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/22/serious-medical-errors-rising-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:01:00 -0600 3 more Minnesota kids die from flu No one knows how long this season's outbreak will last, only that the number of flu-related hospitalizations has topped 4,200 and keeps growing, a state epidemiologist said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/15/mn-pediatric-flu-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:12:24 -0600 Facing shortage of IV bags, what's a hospital to do? Hospitals in Minnesota and across the country are still coping with a shortage of IV bags caused by Hurricane Maria late last summer. The shortage is changing practices and, in some cases, raising the prospect of rationing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/13/hospitals-iv-shortage-hurricane-maria?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:07:07 -0600 Salmonella in raw meat dog food sickens children The Minnesota departments of health and agriculture are warning of salmonella contamination in "Raws for Paws" ground turkey pet food that was packaged on October 12, 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/09/salmonella-in-raw-meat-dog-food-sickens-children?refid=0 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:01:39 -0600 North Mankato first outside metro to ban under-21 tobacco sales North Mankato has banned tobacco sales to people under age 21, becoming the first community outside the Twin Cities to do so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/06/north-mankato-first-to-ban-under-21-tobacco-sales-outside-metro?refid=0 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:33:14 -0600 Michele Bachmann: No sign from God so no run for Senate "It became very clear to me that I wasn't hearing any call from God to do this," Bachmann told radio host Jan Markell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/05/michele-bachmann-not-running-for-franken-senate-seat?refid=0 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:03:51 -0600 Health Dept.: Flu is still spreading, so get a shot if you haven't Minnesota health officials say influenza continues to spread, and people who have not been vaccinated against the flu should still do so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/05/health-department-flu-season-continues?refid=0 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:28:19 -0600 U hotel standoff ends, suspect in custody Police arrested a man who'd kept them in a standoff since Monday at a hotel on the University of Minnesota campus. The capture came to a dramatic conclusion Tuesday afternoon after police used flash grenades and tear gas. There were no injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/30/woman-released-as-u-hotel-standoff-continues?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 06:45:56 -0600 HHS Religious Freedom Division draws praise, alarm in Minnesota The Trump administration has created a new Health and Human Services Department "Civil Rights" division that is fueling both praise and alarm in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/18/hhs-religious-freedom-division-draws-praise-alarm-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:22:14 -0600 MNsure racks up record enrollment even as market shrinks Although MNsure enrollment is up, the size of Minnesota's individual-market health insurance pool is down sharply over the past few years, fueling concerns about its future stability. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/17/mnsure-racks-up-record-enrollment-as-market-shrinks?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:30:00 -0600 Where will homeless go when Twin Cities Super Bowl comes to town? The Super Bowl will shine a spotlight on Minnesota and bring visitors to the Twin Cities. But there are concerns about what the big event may mean for homeless people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/11/super-bowl-twin-cities-homeless-accommodations-needs?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:00:14 -0600 Minneapolis Fed proposes motivating big banks to split up The risk of another 2008-like banking crisis could be dramatically reduced if large banks were required to keep much more loss-absorbing capital, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/10/neel-kashkari-minneapolis-fed-split-banks-too-big-to-fail?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:53:15 -0600 Al Franken officially resigns Senate seat A top Franken staffer said the senator submitted his resignation letter to Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/02/al-franken-resigns?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 12:11:48 -0600 Mental health services in schools, service dogs for vets: Franken's accomplishments The senator is set to resign Tuesday. Franken has said one of the things he is most proud of is his successful effort to direct millions of dollars to pay for more mental health services in schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/02/mental-health-services-schools-service-dogs-for-vets-franken-accomplishments?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 07:18:19 -0600 73 years later, Minnesotan gets Purple Heart Wayne Sundberg was awarded the Purple Heart decoration Wednesday for service in World War II. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/27/73-later-minnesotan-gets-purple-heart?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:30:00 -0600 Will the 2017 measles outbreak spur a new law in 2018? In 2017, Minnesota suffered its largest measles outbreak in nearly 30 years. Looking ahead to 2018, a growing number of Minnesotans are hoping for a change in the law that would make it harder for parents to opt out of immunizations for their children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/26/measles-outbreak-look-back?refid=0 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 10:39:21 -0600 Diabetes hospitalizations are falling in Minnesota The Minnesota Department of Health says diabetes-related hospitalizations decreased sharply in Minnesota from 2006 to 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/14/diabetes-hospitalizations-falling-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:30:11 -0600 Franken's ethics investigation: a field guide The Senate's Select Committee on Ethics has opened its inquiry into sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken. MPR News asked several experts about how the process works. Here's what they said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/04/franken-senate-ethics-investigation-how-it-works?refid=0 Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:30:28 -0600 Sen. Al Franken: 'This has been a shock to me' Sen. Al Franken spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer Sunday afternoon. It's the first time he's answered questions regarding allegations of sexual misconduct made against him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/26/sen-al-franken-this-has-been-a-shock-to-me?refid=0 Sun, 26 Nov 2017 12:49:41 -0600 Staff: Franken will not resign, is doing 'a lot of reflecting' Franken has kept a low media profile in the wake of the allegations. Staff said he's spending time in Washington with family and he will stay there through the Thanksgiving holiday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/19/staff-sen-franken-will-not-resign-is-doing-a-lot-of-reflecting?refid=0 Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:02:26 -0600 With Franken's star dimmed, Democrats stand to lose major fundraiser Sen. Al Franken has raised millions on behalf of candidates around the country over the years. And he has been a tireless campaigner for Minnesota Democrats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/17/franken-star-dimmed-dems-stand-to-lose-major-fundraiser?refid=0 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:43:25 -0600 Ground Level: Minnesotans love their health care, but not all is well Minnesotans feel mostly positive about the state's health care system, but that confidence ebbs when the questions turn to mental health. That's a key finding from Ground Level, an MPR News project using public opinion surveys to guide reporting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/16/ground-level-minnesota-health-care-survey-results?refid=0 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600 MNsure backers say being local works in health care sign-up People can begin buying non-group health insurance for next year starting Wednesday. For people in most states this open enrollment period will be entirely different than in past years. But not in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/30/mnsure-backers-say-local-works-in-health-care-sign-up?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Medica draws fire for transferring non-profit reserves to holding company Health insurer Medica's decision to take $90 million in reserves from its non-profit Minnesota HMO has raised concern among state officials that the insurer could funnel the non-profit money into its for-profit entities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/20/dayton-critics-pan-medicas-fund-transfer-out-of-nonprofit-hmo?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:11:39 -0500 Gov. Dayton signs reinsurance waiver, vows to fight cuts to MinnesotaCare Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a federal waiver granting permission for Minnesota to proceed with a new health care reinsurance program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/16/dayton-signs-reinsurance-waiver?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:24:16 -0500 Minnesota joins lawsuit over Trump health payments Attorney General Lori Swanson says President Trump's decision to halt payments to health insurers violates federal law. It would also cut money for MinnesotaCare, the subsidized plan covering about 90,000 low- and moderate-income Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/13/minnesota-joins-lawsuit-over-trump-health-payments?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:08:50 -0500 A year after strike, Allina nurses seek mediation for new contract A year after a contract settlement brought an end to a nurses strike at 5 Allina hospitals in the Twin Cities, the union is unhappy and seeking mediation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/11/a-year-after-strike-allina-nurses-seek-mediation-for-new-contract?refid=0 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:00:27 -0500 Medicare paid $1.5 billion over defective cardiac devices A review found Medicare spent $1.5 billion over a decade on health services related to failed or recalled cardiac devices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/02/medicare-paid-15-billion-over-defective-cardiac-devices?refid=0 Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:15:45 -0500 Minnesota individual health plan rates stabilize for 2018 After two years of steep increases, many Minnesotans who buy health coverage outside of their employers will see either relatively small rate increases or rate cuts next year thanks to a state-backed financial safety net for insurers, officials said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/02/mnsure-individual-health-plan-rates-stabilize-2018?refid=0 Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:20:38 -0500 2 top execs leave medical marijuana manufacturer LeafLine Labs LeafLine Labs said its chief medical officer and chief financial officer have left the company, effective Thursday, the company's CEO said in a statement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/28/2-execs-leave-medical-marijuana-manufacturer-leafline-labs?refid=0 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:28:54 -0500 Study: Emergency departments are prescribing opioids the right way New Mayo Clinic research concludes that emergency departments are doing a good job dispensing opioids and other health care providers could learn from best practices in those departments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/26/study-emergency-departments-prescribing-opioids-right?refid=0 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:48:05 -0500 Feds OK Minnesota plan to lower health coverage rates Minnesota lawmakers passed a $542 million financial safety net for insurance companies last session to stabilize the state's individual health insurance market, but still needed a federal waiver to proceed. After weeks of anxious waiting, officials say they got the OK. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/22/fed-ok-mn-reinsurance-plan-lower-health-insurance-rates?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:30:00 -0500 Study: Minnesota Medicaid funding would drop 30 percent under Senate health bill A new analysis says states like Minnesota that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would see big cuts under a bill being considered by the U.S. Senate http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/21/study-mn-medicaid-funding-would-drop-30-percent-under-senate-bill?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:30:44 -0500 Man dies after suspected drunk driver crashes into building Three others were injured in the crash that occurred earlier this week in Zimmerman, Minn. The driver faces criminal vehicular homicide charge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/15/man-dies-after-suspected-drunk-driver-crashes?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:45:42 -0500 34 years after Mpls. teen's rape and killing, a man is charged Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced a second-degree murder charge Wednesday against Darrell Rea, 62, in the death of Lorri Mesedahl in 1983. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/13/hennepin-county-charges-man-in-rape-murder-dna?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:54:11 -0500 Can online mental health therapy aid workers and curb costs? One Twin Cities-based online treatment effort backed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is getting good marks from employers, workers and experts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/11/online-mental-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:54:45 -0500 MN mental health providers worry Blue Cross' new rates will hurt care Blue Cross Blue Shield says it needs to adjust reimbursement rates to manage "unusually high claims trends" for behavioral health services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/06/blue-cross-shield-changes-mental-health-reimbursement-rate?refid=0 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:01:56 -0500 Hagedorn, sole Republican running, sees path to a seat in Congress Jim Hagedorn is the only Republican running for Congress in southern Minnesota's 1st District. After nearly winning last year, he thinks his time has come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/01/hagedorn-congress-district-1-race?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 At last, the measles outbreak is over Minnesota health officials on Friday declared Minnesota's measles outbreak over, finally, and celebrate that all patients survived. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/25/at-last-the-measles-outbreak-is-over?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:01:34 -0500 Mpls. council members back curbs on minty tobacco products A committee of the Minneapolis City Council Wednesday morning unanimously approved a proposal to restrict the sale of menthol cigarettes and other mint tobacco products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/02/mpls-weighs-restricting-minty-tobacco-products?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 State releases two sets of 2018 non-group health plan premiums Monday Minnesota's Commerce Department on Monday will unveil the premiums insurers are seeking for non-group health plans next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/27/expect-big-nongroup-insurance-premium-hikes-then-a-big-drop?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:30:18 -0500 ACA repeal would leave many Minnesotans without health insurance One of the options President Trump has suggested after a health care bill stalled in the Senate is repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement. Experts say doing that would jeopardize health insurance for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/20/aca-repeal-would-leave-many-minnesotans-without-health-insurance?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Cass Co., a Trump stronghold, bridles at talk of Medicaid cuts The north-central Minnesota county voted two-to-one for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. But it's also dependent on the federal health safety net, and some residents are worried about the GOP's push to remake health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/13/cass-county-mn-trump-country-worries-medicaid-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Health insurers learn spending more early on can mean savings in long run Some health plans are beginning to offer free maintenance care for people with chronic health problems. The hope is spending a little more on keeping them early on will save a lot money in the long run. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/10/insurers-paying-more-for-care-may-mean-spending-less-overall?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Immunization supporters gearing up to fight opt-out policy Minnesota's ongoing measles outbreak is fueling efforts to make it harder to opt out of vaccination in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/21/immunization-supporters-gearing-up-to-fight-optout-policy?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Muslim, health leaders team up to curb measles outbreak Some Islamic religious leaders have put a sharp point on their effort to protect their followers' health heading into the last three weeks of Ramadan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/05/muslim-health-leaders-team-up-to-curb-measles-outbreak?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Lawsuit: Hennepin Co. child protection system fails to protect kids The federal suit alleges Hennepin County doesn't properly investigate reports of abuse and neglect and does not safely house children in protective custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/01/hennepin-county-sued-over-child-protection-programs?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:10:51 -0500 Sheriff Stanek's son charged with possessing child porn, soliciting a minor Ryan Stanek faces four felonies in connection with a police sting in mid-May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/01/son-of-hennepin-county-sheriff-charged-with-child-sex-crimes?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:06:26 -0500 Holding his nose, Dayton signs Health and Human Services bill The biggest spending bill to emerge from Minnesota' special legislative session devotes nearly $15 billion to heath and human services programs over two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/31/health-human-services-bill?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2017 17:34:39 -0500 Skipping the measles vaccine is easy in Minnesota Despite pushes to tighten state vaccine policy, state lawmakers have shown little inclination to change anything. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/24/skipping-the-measles-vaccine-is-easy-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 24 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Most State Fair-goers didn't apply sunscreen properly, study finds A study conducted at the Minnesota State Fair found most people failed to properly apply sunscreen or otherwise protect themselves from the sun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/16/most-state-fairgoers-didnt-apply-sunscreen-properly-study-finds?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2017 16:23:12 -0500 Minnesota measles outbreak spreads to Le Sueur County Minnesota health officials say the number of measles cases rose by four over the weekend and the highly contagious disease has now moved into a southern Minnesota county. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/15/minnesota-measles-outbreak-spreads-to-lesueur-county?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2017 14:23:29 -0500 Inside the fight against the measles outbreak Health officials across the Twin Cities are fighting to contain the current measles outbreak and contain new cases. Here's how they're doing it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/15/inside-the-fight-against-measles-outbreak?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2017 05:53:42 -0500 Pro-Trump rally draws other clashing groups A Trump rally at the state Capitol Saturday drew anti-Trump demonstrators and self-described supporters of white rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/06/protrump-rally-draws-other-clashing-groups?refid=0 Sat, 06 May 2017 15:09:56 -0500 Minn. health industry rips GOP bill after House passage A wide swath of the health care industry opposes the health care legislation the U.S. House narrowly passed Thursday, and Minnesota's industry is no exception. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/04/minn-health-industry-rips-gop-bill-after-house-passage?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2017 15:53:24 -0500 Medica slashes jobs as it quits most Medicaid business The health insurer is cutting hundreds of positions after announcing it's abandoning a big Medicaid contract because of financial losses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/27/medica-slashes-jobs-as-it-quits-most-medicaid-business-?refid=0 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:12:00 -0500 Trump's threat to gut Obamacare on his own worries Minnesotans President Trump may try to withhold $7 billion in health care subsidies until Democrats agree to negotiate an Obamacare replacement. Local observers say that and other potential executive actions to undermine the law could be disastrous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/17/trump-obamacare-subsidies-threat-minnesota-reacts?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Study: Most major heart attacks not linked with high cholesterol A new Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation study found most major heart attacks happen to people with normal cholesterol levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/12/study-most-major-heart-attacks-not-linked-with-high-cholesterol?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:46:02 -0500 Minnesota health plans claim massive 2016 losses Health insurers say they lost nearly $700 million in 2016, much of it on publicly subsidized programs. State lawmakers have been working on plans to try to stabilize the volatile individual market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/03/minnesota-health-plans-claim-massive-2016-losses?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0500 Vulnerable Minnesotans worry as vote nears to kill Obamacare The U.S. House is set to vote Thursday on the Republicans' controversial replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Many who depend on Medicaid fear they'll lose the health care insurance critical to them and their families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/23/end-obamacare-house-vote-vulnerable-minnesotans-worry?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Hospital, health insurer locked in Medicaid rate dispute Children's Minnesota, the state's largest pediatric hospital system, said it is ending the contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, but will continue to negotiate for higher reimbursement rates before the current contract runs out this summer.n http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/08/hospital-health-insurer-locked-in-medicaid-rate-dispute?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:00:00 -0600 Fairview rescues struggling HealthEast in merger The combined operations will have a footprint that spans much of the Twin Cities, as well as greater Minnesota. HealthEast serves the east metro and Fairview operates in the south, west and north areas of the Twin Cities as well as northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/08/fairview-healtheast-merger?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:13:33 -0600 Under new health bill federal assistance could drop in greater Minnesota A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis indicates residents in southern Minnesota and much of the western part of the state would see subsidies drop by one quarter to one half in 3 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/07/under-new-health-bill-federal-assistance-could-drop?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:52:21 -0600 Police investigate 'suspicious male' report at Lake Elmo Elementary A man approached after-school program staff Wednesday afternoon asking for a child by name who was enrolled there and then left. Neither the school nor the child's family knows who he was, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/03/lake-elmo-elementary-stranger-police-investigate?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:05:17 -0600 To replace Obamacare, GOP pushes 'high-risk' pool However, experts say high-risk pools create their own problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/13/gop-pushes-high-risk-pool-obamacare-replacement?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:44:54 -0600 Study: Health improving in Minnesota, but disparities remain A new study found that Minnesotans who are white and who live in the Twin Cities tend to be healthier than residents of rural Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/02/health-improving-in-minnesota-but-disparities-remain?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:02:45 -0600 Minnesota women bring their voices, concerns to Washington Saturday's Women's March on Washington is being billed as the largest protest against President Donald Trump. But those coming from Minnesota say their concerns run deeper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/21/minnesota-women-protest-trump-washington-march?refid=0 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Cut government, grow jobs, fix health care? Trump's MN backers ready When Donald Trump takes the oath of office and becomes president later today he will have a lot of expectations to meet. Among those looking for him to "make America great again" are many Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/20/trump-mn-voters-ready-for-action-on-economy-health-care?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Klobuchar, Franken still hope to flex some muscle in Senate Minnesota U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken could wield significant power as Democrats push back against Republican proposals the next few years. They also say they're willing to work with the GOP on some issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/19/minnesota-klobuchar-franken-senate-minority-power?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:53:04 -0600 Jason Lewis ditches talk radio past in Congress Minnesota's newest face in Congress says he'll take his new job much more seriously than his former career as a talk radio host. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/17/jason-lewis-ditches-talk-radio-past-in-congress?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Where to start? A conversation about Trump's press conference Three guests provided perspective on the president-elect's first time facing the press in his new role. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/12/reaction-trumps-press-conference?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 At year's end, patients surge into hospitals and clinics for free care High-deductible health plans have many Americans scrambling for medical appointments of all kinds during the end of the year. That's because if they've satisfied their out-of-pocket maximum, the care is free. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/27/insurers-create-year-end-dash-for-health-care?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Strategies for navigating this health care world Health care is frustrating to navigate. MPR News host Tom Weber asked two guests to help ease that frustration and answer some questions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/15/surviving-in-health-care?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Repealing Obamacare could deny 744,000 Minnesotans health insurance A new Kaiser Family Foundation report says repeal of the Affordable Care Act could deny scores of people access to health insurance because of their medical conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/13/repealing-obamacare-could-deny-744000-minnesotans-health-insurance?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:50:04 -0600 Report: Massive cost differences persist among health care providers in Minn. A Minnesota research organization says providers in the state continue to charge a wide range of prices for health care services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/13/report-massive-cost-differences-health-care-providers-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:01:00 -0600 UnitedHealth Group takes a page from Obamacare play book UnitedHealthcare is pitching a new product that comes out of the Affordable Care Act -- even though Republicans who will control Washington promise to repeal the the law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/07/unitedhealth-group-takes-a-page-from-obamacare-play-book?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:51:56 -0600 Mills drops push for MN 8th District race recount Republican Stewart Mills said Friday he'd concluded the expense and amount of volunteer time needed for a recount was too great and congratulated incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan on the victory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/02/mills-drops-plan-mn-8th-district-house-recount-nolan?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:52:59 -0600 Mpls. startup wants to simplify health insurance It may not seem like a good time to get into the health insurance business, but a new Minneapolis startup called Bright Health is doing just that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/29/bright-health-insurance-minneapolis-startup?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:50:44 -0600 Health insurance premium spikes dramatically boost subsidies MNsure officials said more people are qualifying for health plan subsidies and the subsidy amounts have jumped dramatically because of huge spikes in premium costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/29/health-insurance-premium-spikes-dramatically-boost-subsidies?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:30:00 -0600 Mills to seek recount in 8th District Congressional race According to unofficial results, Mills lost by 2,009 votes in a hard-fought race that was considered to be one of the most competitive congressional contests in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/28/stewart-mills-plans-call-for-recount?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:01:54 -0600 Don't forget about Zika when planning vacation, health officials say The Zika virus has been detected in several popular vacation destinations, and that matters for pregnant women and couples considering having kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/23/dont-forget-about-zika-when-planning-vacation-health-officials-say?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:02:13 -0600 Health insurers post some grim numbers Insurers selling individual and family health plans in Minnesota put up some red ink in financial filings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/16/health-insurers-post-some-grim-numbers?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:53:58 -0600 Nurses strikes cost Allina more than $100 million Two nurses strikes over expensive benefits at five Twin Cities hospitals this year cost Allina Health well over $100 million dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/15/nurses-strike-cost-allina-more-than-100-million?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:07:49 -0600 Nolan squeaks past Mills to win reelection to U.S. House Observers thought the 8th District race would be tight, and they were right. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/09/nolan-squeaks-past-mills-to-win-reelection-to-us-house?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 12:55:55 -0600 On election eve, many efforts to fire up Minnesota voters Both Republicans and Democrats held rallies in Minnesota on Monday to try to get their supporters to cast ballots. A strong turnout for early voting in the state shows interest in the election is already high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/07/last-day-election-campaigning?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 14:57:45 -0600 Two Minnesota voters offer a case for their candidates As the clock ticks down on campaign slogans and partisan ads, here's what two Minnesota voters had to say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/07/2-mn-voters-case-for-their-candidates?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 07:01:14 -0600 Nolan-Mills congressional race comes down to the wire The campaigns for Minnesota's 8th District are hustling in the run-up to Election Day to turn out voters in one of the nation's most competitive -- and expensive -- congressional races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/02/nolan-mills-minnesota-congress-race-tight?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Tech woes hobble MNsure; vexed lawmakers seek insurance fix Minnesota consumers searching for health coverage ran into familiar frustrations Tuesday as MNsure's web site was overwhelmed and robocalls bombed the helpline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/01/mnsure-hobbled-minnesota-lawmakers-seek-fix?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 17:55:36 -0500 Nolan: New plant in northern MN will create hundreds of jobs Louisiana Pacific has chosen northern Minnesota for a plant expansion that will mean more than 400 new jobs, according to DFL Rep. Rick Nolan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/27/nolan-new-siding-plant?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:23:38 -0500 Some in Minn. worry as trade deals take a hit in presidential race Attacks by the presidential candidates on the North American Free Trade Agreement and a potential Asian partnership may play well in industrial states, but not in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/20/trade-deal-attacks-presidential-race-worry-minnesotans?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Is the DFL effort to tie Rep. Paulsen to Trump working? Minnesota Democrats have worked to tie GOP U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen to Donald Trump ever since the New York businessman became the Republican presidential candidate. But a super PAC's move this week may be a sign the strategy is faltering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/30/democratic-group-retreats-spending-against-erik-paulsen?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 1 dead from Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Hopkins A "quite elderly" person has died from the disease, which has sickened 14 people. State health officials say they're continuing to search for the source of the outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/22/1-dead-legionnaires-disease-outbreak-hopkins-minn?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:09:48 -0500 Macalester College thief strikes gold (and other rocks) The items taken, while exotic, don't have a high resale value. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/14/macalester-geological-samples-stolen?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:47:46 -0500 More absentee voting options in Minnesota than ever in this year's election Minnesotans can begin voting in this year's general election one week from Friday, in the first presidential election year that voters can request absentee ballots without providing an excuse for why they can't get to a polling place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/09/more-absentee-voting-options-in-minnesota-than-ever?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 TV ads, outside cash fuel Nolan-Mills rematch in MN 8th Some $12 million poured into Minnesota's 8th Congressional District two years ago in a nationally watched race. A recent burst of TV ads suggests big money will flood this year's campaign, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/01/nolan-mills-congress-rematch-ads-big-money-campaign?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Allina nurses will begin indefinite strike on Labor Day The union representing nurses at five Twin Cities Allina Hospitals upped the stakes in the long running dispute over health benefits and set Labor Day as the date for an open-ended strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/26/allina-nurses-set-indefinite-strike-labor-day?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:38:10 -0500 Allina nurses to go on open-ended strike starting Labor Day In June, nurses held a one-week strike. The union hopes the upcoming open-ended strike will apply more pressure on Allina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/26/allina-nurses-open-ended-strike-labor-day?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:45:14 -0500 Northeast Iowa reeling from 'life-threatening' flooding The region experienced "major flooding" after more than 8 inches of rain fell as a series of thunderstorms moved through the area, said Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx. Basements in hundreds of homes in the county were flooded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/24/northeast-iowa-flooding?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:59:34 -0500 Down-ballot DFLers happy to welcome Trump to Minnesota As Donald Trump arrives for a fundraiser Friday, Democrats believe his presence atop the GOP ticket may swing two Minnesota U.S. House seats their way. But not everyone agrees Trump will figure in state-level races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/19/democrats-happy-welcome-trump-to-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Union calls on Allina nurses to back open-ended strike The Minnesota Nurses Association wants nearly 5,000 Allina Health nurses to authorize an indefinite strike against five Allina hospitals. A vote is set for Aug. 18. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/02/allina-nurses-union-calls-for-open-ended-strike?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2016 11:40:56 -0500 Minnesota delegates look forward to Clinton's historic speech On Thursday night, Clinton will become the first woman in the nation's history to accept a major party nomination for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/28/mn-delegates-clinton-speech-historic-moment?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:16:31 -0500 To help Clinton, Franken draws on his funny past Sen. Al Franken says the Clinton campaign asked him to draw on his old job as a funnyman to help make the case against Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/27/al-franken-takes-funny-role-to-help-elect-clinton?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Some Minnesota Republicans see Pence as unifying force Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's Wednesday night speech at the Republican National Convention offers a chance to solidify votes for Donald Trump among conservatives and evangelicals. Some Minnesota Republicans are energized by the choice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/20/some-minn-republicans-see-pence-as-unifying-force?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:31:34 -0500 Paulsen among prominent Republicans skipping the RNC Will Trump hurt Paulsen's chances of re-election even if he's keeping his distance? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/20/paulsen-skips-rnc?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:06:59 -0500 Minnesotans travel to Cleveland for Trump protest As the national convention got underway Monday, hundreds of people assembled in downtown Cleveland to protest presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/18/minnesota-protesters-donald-trump-cleveland-republican-convention?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:59:20 -0500 Health officials hope new radon map will spur home testing The Minnesota Department of Health is promoting a new, interactive statewide map of radon levels to encourage residents to test for the carcinogenic gas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/12/interactive-radon-map?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:06:18 -0500 Could Trump's presence flip Minn. district to DFL? Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District has stayed safely Republican. But with GOP Rep. John Kline's retirement and Donald Trump the GOP's presidential candidate, DFLers see a chance to swing the district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/01/could-trump-flip-kline-mn-congressional-district-dfl?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Blue Cross delivers major blow to health reform in Minnesota The insurer has decided to stop selling health plans to individuals and families in Minnesota starting next year. Its smaller subsidiary, Blue Plus, will continue to offer plans on the individual market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/24/blue-cross-blue-shield-individual-insurance-market?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:38:24 -0500 Campus mourns St. Cloud State president killed in I-694 crash Earl H. Potter III was headed to the Twin Cities for a meeting with the foundation board chair when the crash happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/14/st-cloud-state-president-dies-earl-potter?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:25:23 -0500 Nurses set 7-day strike at Allina hospitals The Minnesota Nurses Association says it has told Allina Health executives it plans to strike for seven days starting June 19. Allina says its metro hospitals will remain open if there's a strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/08/allina-nurses-call-strike?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:36:58 -0500 Strike fears loom as 5,000 Twin Cities nurses weigh contract Allina Health nurses are set to vote Monday, but both sides are preparing for the possibility of strikes at four major Twin Cities hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/06/twin-cities-allina-nurses-contract-vote-strike-threat-looms?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Allina Health's nurses contract to expire at midnight Allina and a nurses union are at loggerheads primarily over health benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/31/allina-health-nurse-contract-dispute?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2016 12:46:29 -0500 Trouble in the water: Can Minnesota stop polluting its lakes, rivers? Minnesotans love their water, but are they willing to save it? Some 40 percent of the state's lakes and streams are polluted. Much of that is related to farming. At the Capitol, lawmakers are divided on how far to go to fix the problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/water-can-minnesota-stop-polluting-lakes-rivers?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Trouble in the Water Minnesota's identity is closely linked with the state's beautiful and abundant water resources. But some 40 percent of surface waters in the Land of 10,000 Lakes are polluted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/trouble-in-the-water?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500 UnitedHealth Group's income, revenue soar; ditching some exchanges UnitedHealth Group's revenue and income soared in the first quarter. The giant insurer says it will leave exchanges and expects the coming decade will be its best. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/19/unitedhealth-group-revenue-income-soar-ditching-some-exchanges?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:21:09 -0500 GOP's Mills brings old fire, new look to U.S. House rematch Stewart Mills says he's better prepared now to win a Minnesota congressional seat than he was in 2014 when Democrats mocked him as out of touch. Rep. Rick Nolan, though, says he's ready to renew the fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/same-fire-new-look-for-gop-mills-house-rematch?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Low-income Minnesotans less likely to get cancer screenings, study says Low-income Minnesotans on Medicaid are much less likely to receive cancer screenings than people with other health coverage, new research has found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/14/medicaid-health-disparities-cancer-screenings-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:48:17 -0500 Trump backers in Minnesota say he's still their man Wisconsin Republicans said no to Donald Trump in a big way Tuesday. Some saw the presidential primary vote as a sign of problems to come, but Trump supporters in Minnesota are keeping the faith. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/07/minnesota-trump-supporters?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Conservatives see WI primary as crucial in bid to derail Trump Tuesday's presidential primary is drawing high-profile Republicans like Gov. Scott Walker into the contest between Trump and his rivals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/04/donald-trump-test-wisconsin-primary?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 MN health insurers lost money on individual, family plans last year An industry leader says health premiums should become more stable as time goes by. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/01/minnesota-health-insurance-losses?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:43:43 -0500 MNsure still struggling to get tax forms sent Staff with the health exchange say they tried to use an automated system to generate the documents, which clients need for their taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/09/mnsure-struggling-send-tax-forms?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 17:38:32 -0600 Minnesota tells hospitals: Don't bill sex assault victims for exams Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is reminding Minnesota hospitals that they are not allowed to bill sexual assault victims for forensic medical exams. An advocacy group had raised concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/26/mn-tells-hospitals-dont-bill-for-sex-assault-exams?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:32:04 -0600 Minnesotans wince as individual health plan costs jump under Obamacare Many Minnesotans who buy health insurance on the open market are paying a lot more this year than last and they're not happy about it. Stability, though, may still be a few years away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/09/minnesota-health-plan-costs-jump-under-obamacare?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:16:55 -0600 Audit: MNsure, DHS errors cost state as much as $271 million State officials got worse last year assessing Minnesotans' eligibility for public health plans, Minnesota's legislative auditor said Thursday. An audit uncovered errors at a rate more than twice the prior year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/mnsure-enrollment-errors-cost-minnesota-millions?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:35:19 -0600 Trump may loom large in retooled Minnesota GOP caucuses Donald Trump's national strength makes him a wild card in the state's March 1 GOP caucuses when Republicans will play for keeps on caucus night for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/trump-wild-card-minnesota-gop-presidential-caucuses?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Iowa gives MN partisans an early taste of Clinton-Sanders showdown Clinton may face the same kind of leftist challenge that was her undoing in Minnesota in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/25/hillary-clinton-leftist-challenge-bernie-sanders?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Iowa in January? You bet, says 21-year-old political volunteer Augsburg College student Natalie Shaw was cold but stoked on a recent day door knocking for her presidential candidate. She's among thousands of volunteers pressing Iowans in person as the Feb. 1 caucuses near. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/21/young-volunteers-door-knock-iowa-caucuses?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 With special tax suspended, medical device firms reap big savings The two-year break could save the firms as much as $5 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/11/medical-device-tax-suspension-savings?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 MNsure nears 2016 private-plan enrollment goal MNsure said Monday it has reached more than 80 percent of its 2016 private-plan enrollment goal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/04/mnsure-enrollment-figures?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 17:22:14 -0600 'Critical illness' coverage grows as out-of-pocket health costs jump The specialized coverage can pay for things conventional plans don't. Despite some skepticism, it's becoming more popular as people struggle with health care expenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/04/critical-illness-insurance?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Legislator wants more time for people hit by MNsure delays Rep. Greg Davids said the long wait times on MNsure's help line add to the case for dismantling Minnesota's health exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/legislator-wants-more-time-for-people-hit-by-mnsure-delays?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:18:05 -0600 Business groups protest automatic tobacco tax hike The increase, indexed to inflation, will put the tax per pack of cigarettes at $3.54. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/28/business-protest-tobacco-cigarette-automatic-tax-hike?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:44:23 -0600 MNsure, health insurance companies extend enrollment deadline Minnesotans now have until Dec. 28 to comply with the federal mandate that nearly all Americans have coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/12/mnsure-health-insurance-companies-extend-enrollment-deadline?refid=0 Sat, 12 Dec 2015 15:20:00 -0600 For independent seniors, a few safety features can make the difference Research says most adults worry about their grandparents or parents who live independently, but they stop short of making the simple improvements that could help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/08/safety-features-for-seniors?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600 UnitedHealth says losses may force it out of Obamacare exchanges Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group says it's taking a financial beating on health plans sold through state and federal exchanges created as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/unitedhealth?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:50:00 -0600 Allison O'Toole chosen as MNsure CEO A search committee previously had named Mark Nyquist as the sole finalist. In a statement MNsure's board said the panel decided to go a "different direction." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/mnsure-ceo?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:57:09 -0600 Health-insurance terms giving you a headache? Even some experts agree that the jargon surrounding health plans can get in the way of smart choices and good care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/17/health-insurance-terms?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:27:15 -0600 Assessing the usefulness of MNsure's new shopping tool Open enrollment for individual health insurance plans got underway over the weekend and so far MNsure reports that its computer systems and call center are operating that way they are supposed to. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/zdechlik?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 08:33:00 -0600 MNsure names sole finalist for CEO job Business executive Mark Nyquist is in line to get the job, although MNsure's board chair says there are no guarantees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/mnsure-ceo-finalist?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:30:54 -0600 Allina Health settles with DOJ over Medicare billing The government accuses Allina and the others with failing to comply with Medicare billing rules related to the implantation of cardiac devices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/allina-health-settles-with-doj-over-medicare-billing?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:05:31 -0500 MNsure looks forward to busy, but smooth, enrollment period Sunday marks the beginning of the health exchange's third annual open enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/mnsure?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 At HCMC, healthy doesn't mean more costly Hennepin's health system uses a team approach to improve care and cut costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/25/healthy-does-not-mean-more-costly-at-hcmc?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Debate rages as 'Cadillac tax' gets closer Beginning in 2018, the government will impose heavy financial penalties on employer-provided health plans it deems overly generous. But some lawmakers hope to cancel the tax altogether. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/06/cadillac-tax?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Feds: North Memorial pulled nurse's job offer over religion issue North Memorial Health Care violated federal law when it withdrew a job offer after the applicant sought a religious accommodation, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says in a lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/17/north-memorial-suit?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:31:42 -0500 Rate of uninsured Minnesotans falls to 5.9 percent The decline was sharp, but not a surprise, due to the coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/16/minnesota-uninsured-rate?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:10:43 -0500 At community clinics, underinsured replace uninsured The Affordable Care Act requires coverage, but the least expensive plans come with high out-of-pocket costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/16/underinsured-community-clinics?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Startups bet on consumer demand for health care convenience Some startup companies around the country are expanding on the retail clinic business model, offering primary health care by video, apps, and even house calls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/health-startup-house-calls?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Judge rejects UCare bid to halt public health program signup The lawsuit will still proceed with a trial set for November, but the open enrollment process slated to begin Friday will go on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/03/ucare?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:48:57 -0500 Lawmakers seek MinnesotaCare, Medicaid contracts delay after UCare dropped Several Democratic and Republican state senators want DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to delay implementation of 2016 Medicaid and MinnesotaCare contracts out of concern bidding may have been "flawed." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/01/minncare-contract-delay?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:03:19 -0500 Black Lives Matter demonstration marches to State Fair Demonstrators gathered outside the main gate of the State Fair this afternoon, after marching up Snelling Avenue. Police say there were no injuries or arrests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/29/black-fair-protest?refid=0 Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:51:57 -0500 UCare files suit over loss of Medicaid, MinnesotaCare business The department shocked UCare late last month when it announced that other health insurance companies would be picking up 370,000 of its public program clients in 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/20/ucare-dhs?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:06:29 -0500 Walker says his health plan puts families 'back in charge' Campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, the Wisconsin governor unveiled a plan that uses some familiar GOP ideas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/18/walker-health-plan?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 UCare pushes back as state pulls Medicaid, MinnesotaCare business Medicaid and MinnesotaCare represent about 70 percent of UCare's business. State officials say the health plan's offerings don't pass muster. UCare hopes to take its case to the governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/ucare?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:11:59 -0500 Nearly $2 billion in ER visits and hospital care preventable A Minnesota Department of Health study found that about two-thirds of ER visits possibly could have been avoided if patients had better access to preventative care or better-coordinated care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/23/preventable-health-care-costs?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Unity Hospital workers vote to unionize A vote Tuesday authorized the Service Employees International Union to represent nearly 350 nursing assistants and other employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/15/united-workers-unionize?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:00:54 -0500 Republicans renew calls to dismantle MNsure State Reps. Matt Dean and Greg Davids renewed calls to dismantle the state's online health insurance website and send Minnesotans to the federal health insurance exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/13/mnsure?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:16:10 -0500 State could cancel health coverage for 60,000 The 60,000 people comprise about one third of a backlog of Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare renewals the department is processing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/10/mnsure-health-coverage?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:59:13 -0500 MNsure billing woes frustrate, worry consumers MNsure officials say technical glitches that prevented billing for 24,000 MinnesotaCare policies have finally been resolved. But some Minnesotans worry big bills will be coming soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/09/mnsure-billing-woes?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:24:15 -0500 Allina CEO: High-deductible plans don't improve health care Timely attention to ongoing illness reduces overall health care costs and should be encouraged not discouraged, said Allina Health CEO Penny Wheeler. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/08/bcst-allina-wheeler-health-care?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:30:04 -0500 Supreme Court's health care ruling doesn't fix Minnesota's problems Supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Minnesota celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that nationwide subsidies are legal. But Minnesota has found it difficult to make the law work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/25/minnesota-health-care-ruling?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:41:05 -0500 Health insurers poised for merger mania Since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies have gained new customers. They now want to leverage their fortunes to lock in future revenue, experts say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/24/health-insurer-mergers?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:52:05 -0500 Exchanges coming to employer health plans Across the country, employers increasingly are giving workers a choice of health plans, an effort that aims to help keep rising health care costs from spiraling out of control. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/22/exchange-employer-health-plans?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Nicotine poisonings jump among young kids; MN health officials warn of dangers "This is not a safe product for kids," State Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said of liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes. It's a "toxic chemical." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/10/youth-nicotine-poisonings?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:43:53 -0500 Insurers defend proposals for higher health premiums When insurers set prices for health plans, they guessed how sick people would be. The companies say more than a year of experience shows that people used more care than expected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/04/insurance-rates?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 18:18:08 -0500 Health insurers seek higher premiums in Minnesota Eight health insurance companies in Minnesota are proposing double-digit increases in average premiums. The proposals are drawing fire from Republicans and Democrats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/03/health-plan-rate-hikes?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 20:36:11 -0500 Tick season is in full swing Mid-May to mid-July is the highest risk period to contract Lyme disease and other infections from ticks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/23/tick-season?refid=0 Sat, 23 May 2015 15:04:18 -0500 MNsure survives session despite lawmaker anger MNsure seemed headed for big changes and possibly closure when the Legislature opened in January. Now, it appears MNsure won't change much. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/18/mnsure?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2015 17:25:05 -0500 Avian flu casts long shadow over Swift, Kandiyohi counties Although the spread of avian flu in Minnesota appears to be slowing, worries abound in the state's hardest-hit area about how the virus will affect farmers and the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/14/avian-flu-swift-kandiyohi?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Iron Range hospital finds new life with Essentia in charge The taxpayer-owned Virginia Regional Medical Center was struggling financially when Essentia Health took over the operation. Even skeptics say Essentia's made things better, though concerns remain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/04/essentia-virginia?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2015 15:59:11 -0500 MNsure chief Leitz stepping down Allison O'Toole, the agency's deputy director of external affairs, will take over as interim head of MNsure, officials said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/04/scott-leitz-steps-down?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2015 09:38:54 -0500 Two MNsure board members won't seek second terms The decisions follow the problem-plagued rollout of MNsure, the agency that runs the state's online health insurance marketplace, in 2013 and legislative proposals to eliminate the agency's board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/22/mnsure-board-members?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:34:39 -0500 Uninsured Minnesotans have chance to reduce penalty Uninsured Minnesotans who are discovering they owe a penalty for not having health insurance can reduce penalties for 2015 by enrolling before April 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/11/uninsured-penalty?refid=0 Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:39:19 -0500 MN health providers fall short on digital records Minnesota officials say thousands of health care providers are violating the state's new electronic health records rules. Some providers, though, worry about the security and cost of digital records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/03/digital-health-records?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Report: Quality of health care for people on public assistance lags Minnesotans with private health insurance got higher quality health care than those on public assistance last year, according to a report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/26/report-quality-of-health-care-for-people-on-public-assistance-lags?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:00:18 -0500 Problems continue in screening MN public aid applicants Minnesota's Legislative Auditor says the state Human Services Department continues to struggle managing eligibility requirements for several public assistance programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/24/problems-continue-in-screening-mn-public-aid-applicants?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:37:04 -0500 State health study finds racial inequity in paid leave Paid sick and family leave brings important benefits, but they are not equally available to different ethnic groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/13/paid-sick-leave?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:36:19 -0500 MNsure to cut budget by $2.5 million over three years Citing lower numbers of enrollees in private health plans than anticipated, MNsure officials will cut administrative and spending. No jobs will be cut but some positions will remain unfilled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/mnsure-budget-cut?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:31:21 -0500 MNsure bets people will buy health insurance to avoid fines Minnesota's online insurance marketplace extended the enrollment period until April 30. That gives anyone penalized for lacking health insurance last year a chance to avoid another one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/mnsure?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities hospitals, workers reach three-year deal Union negotiators for 3,500 Twin Cities area hospital workers say they're reached a tentative contract agreement covering eight medical centers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/03/hospital-workers-deal?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:14:58 -0600 Bill to make MNsure a state agency sparks criticism MNsure board members are debating whether making the exchange a state agency would make it more transparent and accountable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/26/mnsure-legislation?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:18:05 -0600 More than 300K Minnesotans affected by Anthem data breach Although Anthem doesn't sell insurance directly to Minnesotans, it does administer some employer-sponsored plans in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/24/anthem-data-breach?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:59:09 -0600 MNsure running behind on delivering some tax documents to consumers MNsure had said it would distribute some 35,000 1095 federal tax forms, detaling insurance tax subsidies, by early February, because customers need the forms to complete their 2014 income taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/24/mnsure-tax-forms?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:11:26 -0600 High deductibles keep patients away from care The rising tide of high health insurance deductibles in Minnesota and across the nation has sparked concern that millions of people have health insurance they cannot afford to use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/10/high-deductibles?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:06:30 -0600 Workers embrace employer health perks, but who's really being helped? Many employers and insurers offer health screenings, gym discounts and other incentives to keep employees healthy. But critics question their use and say the real costs are hidden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/03/employer-health-perks?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:00:00 -0600 Dayton's budget plan includes additional funds for MNsure Gov. Mark Dayton's new budget calls for more Department of Human Services funding to help DHS cover its share of MNsure's expenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/28/dayton-budget-dhs-mnsure?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:14:28 -0600 Medtronic closes Covidien deal, crosses the pond Twin Cities-based Medtronic is expected to officially become an Irish enterprise on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/medtronic?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:53:49 -0600 Bloomington to consider moratorium on medical marijuana facilities The Bloomington City Council is set to vote Monday on a proposed one-year moratorium barring medical marijuana production and sales facilities in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/25/bloomington-weed-moratorium?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:01:33 -0600 Survey: Smoking rates plunge among Minnesota's youngest adults The distinction of the state's highest smoking rate now belongs to adults ages 25 to 44 years old, with 19 percent smoking, according to the Minnesota Health Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/22/smoking-survey?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:33:59 -0600 Tax filing season opens Tuesday File early, file electronically, says state revenue commissioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/19/tax-filing?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:29:38 -0600 Next MNsure enrollment deadline is Thursday MNsure says people who want health insurance coverage that will take effect Feb. 1 need to sign up by the end of Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/15/mnsure-deadline?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:06:12 -0600 High out-of-pocket costs fueling retail clinic growth While convenience was the impetus for retail clinics, their relatively low cost is fueling their growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/12/retail-clinics?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 MNsure gets extra $34M from feds for upgrades The additional money will be used to make website improvements and smooth the transfer of data to insurance companies, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/07/mnsure-upgrade?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:55:22 -0600 MNsure touts health plan sign-ups, says it's on track to meet goal MNsure says 31,159 people enrolled in private 2015 health plans through the end of last year. The agency needs 67,000 enrolled in commercial plans to make its budget work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/mnsure-signups?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:54:09 -0600 MN health plan for working poor wins federal funds Now, Obamacare money will help buy health care for those too poor to shop on the MNsure exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/31/minnesota-care?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:08:05 -0600 Health officials worry about kids and e-cigarettes Even as e-cigarettes help people quit smoking, they may also hook kids on nicotine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/26/e-cigarettes?refid=0 Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0600 More people enroll in health plans through MNsure, but private insurers have complaints Although MNsure has seen more people apply for insurance, one insurance company representative complained that the agency has not provided it with data to enroll people in health plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/18/mnsure-enrollment?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:06:02 -0600 MNsure: Nearly 50,000 signed up for Jan. 1 health coverage Total enrollment in public and private health plans through MNsure jumped 32 percent between Dec. 13 and Dec. 16, the exchange says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/17/mnsure-enrollment-numbers?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:33:22 -0600 Fairview health system tightens visiting policy during widespread flu in Minn. Fairview will make case-by-case exceptions to the flu policy for what it calls "compassionate" reasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/16/fairview-flu-visitors?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:30:31 -0600 MNsure extends enrollment deadline to Saturday; website vexes some MNsure officials say they've extended until Dec. 20 the deadline to enroll in a health plan for coverage starting Jan. 1. Some Minnesotans have been frustrated trying to sign up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/15/mnsure-deadline?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:13:41 -0600 Days remain to get insurance through MNsure by Jan. 1 As Monday's deadline to enroll in private health insurance through the state's online insurance website approaches, people who help consumers with the application process say business is booming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/11/mnsure?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Study: Workers' health coverage burden jumps in a decade Workers are contributing more for their own health insurance now than they did 10 years ago, a new report shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/09/health-coverage-burden-rises-for-workers?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:37:56 -0600 MN business gets OK to exclude birth control from health plans American Mfg Co. is the first Minnesota firm to win an exemption from the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage mandate on religious grounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/05/ok-to-exclude-birth-control-in-health-plan?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:48:57 -0600 MNsure cuts 2015 health plan enrollment projections by one-third MNsure officials say the departure this year of PreferredOne, the lowest cost and most popular health insurer selling plans, is a factor in the lower private health plan enrollment estimates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/03/mnsure-cuts-enrollment-projections?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:59:58 -0600 MNsure tries to persuade remaining uninsured to sign up MNsure wants millennials, people without children and men to become insured and comply with the federal health insurance mandate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/01/mnsure?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:13:18 -0600 'Blackout Wednesday' a dangerous day for drivers Law enforcement officials say today, which some call "Blackout Wednesday," is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/26/blackout-wednesday-drunken-driving?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:00:12 -0600 HealthPartners to build neuroscience care center in St. Paul HealthPartners said it will be the largest freestanding neuroscience center in the Upper Midwest, and will bring together several types of neurological care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/21/health-partners-neuroscience?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:40:27 -0600 New York snow delays Lake Phalen holiday display Organizers are scrambling after trucks carrying supplies for Holiday Lights in the Park got stuck on the interstate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/21/holiday-lights-lake-phalen?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:40:16 -0600 Despite volume, CEO says MNsure signups going well MNsure's CEO Scott Leitz says many more people have signed up for private health plans in the first few days than in the online exchange's first two weeks in 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/mnsure-success?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:37:11 -0600 MNsure aims to erase memories of disastrous start in second year Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace began its second year largely without problems. But the operation likely will face a much tougher test next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/mnsure-open-enrollment?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:57:23 -0600 US Senate: Franken wins quickly this time Sen. Al Franken won re-election much more quickly than his first election six years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/04/us-senate-election?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 23:45:00 -0600 GOP presses Ebola, other hot buttons in campaign's final hours Democrats wasted no time in denouncing the Republican attack ad, which they said amounts to fear mongering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/day-before-the-election?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:04:25 -0600 Negative ads propel, repel votes in tight 8th District race In the 8th District, Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and Republican Stewart Mills have been targeted by television ads largely funded by groups that are not connected to the campaigns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/31/minnesota-8th-district-race?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:49:17 -0500 Franken, McFadden spar in contentious debate The two are scheduled to meet Sunday, Nov. 2 for one final debate before the Nov. 4 election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/26/senate-debate?refid=0 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:12:56 -0500 Experts say McFadden's health insurance ideas don't hold up He would leave most health care insurance decisions up to states, including whether to require people to buy health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/22/mcfadden-health-care-proposal?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Clinton calls on young Minnesotans to vote Former President Bill Clinton asked young voters to break the pattern of low turnout for Democrats in midterm elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/10/bill-clinton-get-out-the-vote?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:13:11 -0500 Nolan and Mills go after each other in Duluth congressional debate On gun rights, health care and military involvement in the Middle East, the two candidates are miles apart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/07/nolan-mills-debate?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:14:03 -0500 In Duluth debate, McFadden tries to cast Franken as rubber stamp for Obama Republican Mike McFadden accused U.S. Sen. Al Franken of voting with the president 97 percent of the time. Franken accused McFadden of misrepresenting his record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/01/duluth-debate-mcfadden-franken?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:53:15 -0500 DFLers search for traction in Bachmann district House race Republican Tom Emmer has the money and name recognition. DFLer Joe Perske is trying to compensate by reaching out to voters in the state's conservative 6th District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/25/6th-district-house-dfl?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:31:01 -0500 'No excuse' absentee balloting starts today Minnesotans no longer need to explain why they're voting absentee instead of on Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/19/absentee-balloting-begins?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:45:56 -0500 McFadden hits Franken over MNsure woes Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden used PreferedOne's exit from MNsure to attack incumbent Sen. Al Franken for supporting the Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/mcfadden-franken-mnsure?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:27:18 -0500 Strategy against Islamic State could play big in 8th District Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota's 8th District doesn't think the U.S. should move against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. His Republican opponent, Stewart Mills, supports action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/isis-in-8th-district?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:24:57 -0500 McFadden challenges Franken on Obama ISIS strategy Republican Mike McFadden has switched his Senate campaign's focus away from mining jobs in Minnesota to the president's handling on Islamic militants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/03/mcfadden-franken-foreign-policy?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:22:06 -0500 Franken wants to monitor Minnesotans with ties to ISIS The Democratic senator said he hopes to meet soon with FBI officials in Saint Paul for an update on their assessment of the Minnesota-ISIS connection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/franken-isis?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:43:19 -0500 Franken and McFadden try to win over fairgoers While Franken is trying to make the case that he can work with Republicans to get things done, McFadden is trying to paint the first-term incumbent as one of the most partisan Democrats in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/27/mcfadden-franken-campaign-at-the-fair?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:21:10 -0500 McFadden makes mining an issue in Senate race against Franken A central theme of Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden's campaign is that U.S. Sen. Al Franken, President Barack Obama and other Democrats are strangling the nation's economy by over-regulating businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/mcfadden-mining?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:17:22 -0500 McFadden challenges Franken to double their debates Franken has agreed to meet McFadden in three debates, in addition to the Farm Fest forum they appeared at earlier this month. McFadden wants an additional three. Franken counters that their three remaining encounters will be enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/franken-debates?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:47:53 -0500 Hagedorn promises tough campaign against Walz When Republicans in southern Minnesota rejected their party's endorsed candidate Tuesday in favor of businessman Jim Hagedorn, they picked a tough campaigner with deep roots in the 1st District. His father represented the area in Congress from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/hagedorn-walz?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:16:33 -0500 Primary 2014: McFadden wins GOP Senate primary Business executive Mike McFadden won an easy victory in the Republican Senate primary, setting the stage for a race against Sen. Al Franken in November. In House races, Tom Emmer won the GOP nomination to replace Rep. Michele Bachmann, Jim Hagedorn defeated the GOP endorsee in the 1st District and DFLer Mike Obermueller won the 2nd District primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/federal-races-primary-2014?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0500 McFadden's 'gaffe' on steel undercuts his critique of Franken After a candidates' forum at Farmfest, Mike McFadden told reporters he would not support requiring that American-made steel be used to build the Keystone pipeline if the project goes through. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/mcfadden-franken?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:20:40 -0500 In 6th District GOP primary, Bachmann looms large in race to replace her With strong name recognition and piles of campaign money, Tom Emmer is considered a favorite to win Tuesday's Republican primary in Minnesota's 6th District. But Anoka County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah, says she's a better choice to replace Michele Bachmann http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/08/6th-district-race-emmer-sivaraja?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:28:09 -0500 Senate candidates focus on Franken at Farmfest debate The hour-plus gathering was cordial, though Republicans -- businessman Mike McFadden, state Rep. Jim Abeler and Iraq War veteran David Carlson &mdash; and Independence Party candidate Kevin Terrell sought to portray Franken as part of the problem in a seemingly dysfunctional federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/06/senate-farmfest-debate?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:41:36 -0500 As GOP's Miller campaigns against Walz, one challenger won't go away Jim Hagedorn initially backed Aaron Miller's bid for 1st District Rep. Tim Walz's seat after the Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran won the GOP endorsement. Then Hagedorn changed his mind. The two Republicans will face off in the Aug. 12 primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/02/hagedorn-miller?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 03:10:00 -0500 IP candidate Kevin Terrell could influence US Senate race In his bid for the U.S. Senate, Independence Party candidate Kevin Terrell aims to capitalize on voter discontent with the two largest parties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/profile-ip-us-senate-candidate-kevin-terrell?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:57:47 -0500 Rivals sow doubt about McFadden as GOP senate primary nears Flush with campaign money and buoyed by the Republican endorsement, political newcomer Mike McFadden seems a lock to win the Aug. 12 GOP primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/13/rivals-sow-doubt-about-mcfadden-as-gop-senate-primary-nears?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:30:57 -0500 Minn. abortions drop to lowest number since 1970s Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate said the lower number reflects their efforts to help women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/02/minnesota-abortion?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:05:38 -0500 Minnesota traffic deaths fell in 2013, but crashes jumped Drinking and driving was the number one reason for fatalities, killing 117 people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/minnesota-traffic-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:54:23 -0500 Over 1,000 line up for tickets to Obama speech Minnesotans lined up for nearly a mile Wednesday morning to get free tickets to hear President Obama speak at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/obama-speech-ticket-line?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:38:53 -0500 DFL unites behind Dayton, Franken, focuses on turning out the vote in November As expected, Democrats endorsed Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken for re-election at their state convention in Duluth Saturday http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/01/democrats-endorse-gov-dayton-and-sen-franken-for-reelection?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 06:20:29 -0500 Party or primary? GOP hopefuls for Senate, governor may divide convention Party unity "gives us the best chance of beating Mark Dayton in November," says Sen. Dave Thompson. Some of his competitors don't see it that way, however, and that's set the stage for something rarely seen at political conventions: intrigue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/minnesota-gop-party-convention?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Fort Snelling apartments to aid homeless vets The $17 million project will convert five historic Fort Snelling structures into 58 studios and apartments. Public and private money is bankrolling the construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/fort-snelling-apartments-to-aid-homeless-vets?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 15:45:01 -0500 Top Republicans: Money makes McFadden a strong Senate contender Some of the best-known Republicans in Minnesota are lined up behind Mike McFadden's U.S. Senate campaign, but not because he has a strong track record in elective office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/mcfadden-senate-run-fundraising?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 As e-cigs take off, Minn. lawmakers, smokers debate who should write the rules Electronic cigarette users are firing up their devices in all kinds of places people wouldn't consider lighting a conventional cigarette. That's inspired moves in the Minnesota Legislature to regulate "vaping" - the vaporizing of nicotine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/e-cigarette-lawmakers-businesses?refid=0 Sun, 11 May 2014 06:38:00 -0500 In conservative 6th District, DFL hopes hinge on Saturday's choice Democrats in the race are pledging to stick by the endorsement and DFL leaders say that could boost their chances on Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/6-district-dfl?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 13:52:16 -0500 Rep. Walz presses re-election bid as voters sour on Congress Republicans hope to press that mid-term dissatisfaction by leveraging President Barack Obama's low approval ratings and skepticism over his Affordable Care Act against Democrats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/rep-walz-presses-reelection-bid-as-voters-sour-on-congress?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 20:00:00 -0500 Emmer likely to be endorsed to replace Bachmann, but will still face GOP primary Earlier this week the other two candidates, former state Rep. Phil Krinkie of Circle Pines and Anoka County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah of Lino Lakes, announced primary campaigns, acknowledging that most delegates are backing Emmer for the GOP endorsement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/sixth-district-gop-endorsement?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:39:24 -0500 McFadden favors philosophy over specifics Republican Mike McFadden called reporters to a news conference Thursday to talk about his plans to fight wasteful government spending, but when reporters started asking questions about other issues McFadden declined to offer specifics. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/mcfadden-favors-philosophy-over-specifics/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:20:56 -0500 Krinkie bypassing 6th District convention Former Republican state Rep. Phil Krinkie will skip Saturday's 6th District GOP convention and fight instead for the party nomination in a primary. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/krinkie-bypassing-6th-dist-convention-for-primary-campaign/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:57:30 -0500 Rep. John Kline endorsed for seventh term South-metro Republicans Saturday endorsed 2nd District Republican Congressman John Kline for a seventh term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/05/rep-john-kline-endorsed-for-seventh-term?refid=0 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:31:59 -0500 Rep. Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor compete for endorsement Longtime DFL State Rep. Phyllis Kahn will seek to fight off an endorsement challenge today from Minneapolis School Board member Mohamud Noor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/05/rep-phyllis-kahn-and-mohamud-noor-compete-for-endorsement?refid=0 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:38:41 -0500 Franken's Republican foes' debate centers on defense Several Minnesota Republicans vying to run against U.S. Sen. Al Franken this fall sharply criticized the Democrat during a candidate forum in St. Louis Park on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/politics/republican-senate-debate?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:53:17 -0500 Kline eyes bill to expand charter schools in US Demand for charter school education is outpacing the growth of charter schools and Congress can help by making it easier for states to develop charter schools and replicate successful charter school models from state to state, Republican Rep. John Kline said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/education/kline-charter-school-bill?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:17:30 -0500 Bachmann restarts PAC fundraising, even without a race After essentially going dormant for almost a year, MichelePAC is again sending out email fundraising solicitations. Some MichelePAC donors, though, might be surprised by what their money is being spent on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/politics/bachmann-pac?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton wants child care tax credit extended to all families The changes Dayton wants would align Minnesota's child care tax credit with the federal government's. Depending on income and the number of children in a family, the total annual credit would range from $600 to $2,100. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/child-care-tax-credits-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:40:50 -0500 Tax bill deadline looms at Legislature Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says his department needs tax bill information as soon as possible to accommodate this year's filers because some of the cuts will likely be retroactive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/tax-bill-deadline-looms-at-legislature?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:58:40 -0500 Minnesotans call for minimum wage increase A few dozen people gathered in the basement of church in south Minneapolis to talk about the importance of paying minimum wage workers more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/15/minnesotans-call-for-minimum-wage-increase?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:33:59 -0500 Minn. Medical Association votes against legalization of medical marijuana The Minnesota Medical Association has come out against the legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota as the proposed legislation is written. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/15/minn-medical-association-against-legalization-of-medical-marijuana?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:53:22 -0500 Plymouth businesswoman announces run in 3rd Congressional District In announcing her campaign outside a church in Plymouth, Sund criticized Paulsen for supporting what she called "endless cuts" to federal programs and his brinksmanship over budget matters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/politics/sharon-sund-3rd-district?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:05:22 -0500 Minimum wage hike may raise prices, won't cost jobs Democrats in the Minnesota House want to set the minimum wage at $9.50 an hour. Senate Democrats agreed this week to that rate for large businesses, but oppose a provision for automatic future increases based on inflation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/minimum-wage-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:34:21 -0600 Economist: Heating cost spike could hurt other spending Xcel Energy officials say the cost of natural gas is about 15 percent higher this heating season than the previous one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/news/cold-weather-minnesota-economy?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:40:04 -0600 In Minn., Obama pitches $300B infrastructure plan The president announced his plan at the Union Depot rail and bus station after touring a light rail maintenance facility. Funding for surface transportation programs expires later this year, and the White House says 700,000 jobs could be at risk unless Congress renews them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/26/obama-seeking-300-billion-for-roads-railways?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 07:03:13 -0600 Minnesota DFL, GOP see political opportunity in Obama visit Transportation tops the agenda today as President Obama visits Minnesota. But with the president's popularity here at an all time low, his presence may hurt Democrats at the polls in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/25/obama-visit?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 GOP's McFadden details positions amid criticism that he's ducking With almost $1.7 million in campaign cash at the end of last year McFadden has far outraised his Republican opponents. He's defended his concentration on fundraising and reiterated that he's running against Franken, not Republicans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/mcfadden?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:37:01 -0600 Restaurants fighting to stop minimum wage hike Restaurateurs invited state lawmakers to 20 restaurants around Minnesota to tell them how increasing the minimum wage would hurt them and drive up prices for customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/18/restaurants-minimum-wage-hike-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:36:40 -0600 In 8th District, GOP hopes to harness anger over health care law to beat Nolan Rep. Rick Nolan didn't vote for the Affordable Care Act, but you might not know that listening to ads attacking the Minnesota Democrat this political season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/politics/health-care-debate-8th-district?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Ice dams causing problems for homeowners One owner of an ice dam removal company says this winter is shaping up to be an epic ice dam season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/09/ice-dams-causing-problems-for-homeowners?refid=0 Sun, 09 Feb 2014 09:19:48 -0600 In upcoming Minnesota caucuses, light turnout, lack of mystery expected With no presidential race on the November ballot, and Democrats planning to return Al Franken to the U.S. Senate and Mark Dayton to the governor's office, there won't be much mystery -- at least for the DFL. Turnout across the state is expected to be light. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/02/not-much-mystery-expected-in-minn-caucuses?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 06:01:00 -0600 DFL, GOP and IP all agree on one thing: You should go to your precinct's caucus next week The leaders of the state's three Minnesota's major political parties joined together Tuesday to encourage people to attend next week's precinct caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/28/politics/precinct-caucuses?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:21:12 -0600 So far for 2014, no big names step up for the Independence Party Jesse Ventura's win in 1998 was the last for a third party in a Minnesota statewide election. And while no one from the Independence Party has emerged for this year's gubernatorial and senate races, the party says voters still want another choice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/28/politics/independence-party?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:24:00 -0600 2014 looks to be a big year in Minn. politics Every seat in the Minnesota House is on the ballot in 2014, along with the governor's office and the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/01/politics/big-races-in-new-year?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jan 2014 16:05:18 -0600 Building explosion, fire rock Minneapolis neighborhood An explosion ripped through a three-story building in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis New Year's Day morning, igniting a three-alarm fire and sending more than a dozen people to area hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/01/explosion-fire-injures-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jan 2014 14:45:02 -0600 Gov. moves to protect in-home services for seniors The 2009 Legislature tightened eligibility for some senior citizen in-home services, leaving about 3,300 seniors no longer eligible for the program starting Jan. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/gov-moves-to-protect--inhome-services-for-seniors?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:12:35 -0600 Republicans searching for a formula to beat Gov. Dayton Republicans seeking to replace DFL Gov. Mark Dayton all say Dayton is taking the state in the wrong direction. But there's no consensus among the potential candidates about how the GOP should unite behind one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/republicans-searching-for-a-formula-to-beat-gov-dayton?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0600 Dayton, a year left in first term, says he has the job he wants -- and will seek again Mark Dayton has already made big changes as governor, most notably turning his predecessor's staunch opposition to tax increases on end. He intends to seek a second term next year and some analysts say the battles he's fought and won in his first three years have him well-positioned to win in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/28/a-job-that-suits-mark-dayton?refid=0 Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:00:00 -0600 Vietnam vet receives Purple Heart, 44 years late Fred Jenness received his Purple Heart on Monday, 44 years after he earned the medal fighting in Vietnam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/24/news/vietnam-vet-purple-heart?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:14:41 -0600 U of M grad jailed in Dubai is sentenced It isn't clear yet whether the sentence will include the time Cassim has already been held. His family hoped that lawyers in the United Arab Emirates would get his sentence reduced and get him out of the country quickly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/news/u-of-m-grad-jailed-in-dubai-is-sentenced?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 06:51:53 -0600 Democrats might not be as vulnerable on 'Obamacare' in 2014 elections as GOP hopes Consider Medicare and Social Security: Both were controversial initially. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/politics/republicans-obamacare-elections?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0600 New Minn. small-business fund to provide $250K interest-free loans A new state program will provide interest-free loan money for small businesses, Dayton administration officials said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/business/small-business-angel-loan-fund?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:26:42 -0600 State Republican HQ moving from St. Paul to Minneapolis The new location will be at 2200 East Franklin Ave. in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, "in the middle of everyday Minnesotans." http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/12/state-republican-hq-moving-from-st-paul-to-minneapolis/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:13:55 -0600 Tea party favorite Gerson will challenge Rep. Kline again David Gerson takes issue with Kline's votes to raise the nation's debt ceiling. He also disagrees with Kline's support of national security related surveillance bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/politics/tea-party-favorite-gerson-will-challenge-rep-kline-again?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:36:42 -0600 State Sen. Westrom launches congressional bid Republican state Sen. Torrey Westrom launched a campaign Thursday for the U.S. House against longtime DFL Rep. Collin Peterson in the 7th District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/politics/westrom-congressional-bid?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:31:24 -0600 Ellison: Pope's message on capitalism's evils will 'change the debate' Ellison said he thinks the pope's decision to put the issue of poverty front and center could have significant implications in the effort to improve conditions for the poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/29/ellison-popes-message-on-capitalisms-evils-will-change-the-debate?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:57:32 -0600 MSP airport workers rally for higher wages About 150 people took part in the peaceful demonstration, organized by the Service Employees International Union, where non-unionized minimum-wage workers gathered at the airport to demand higher pay. They say they can't live on the less than $8 per hour they're currently paid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/msp-airport-workers-rally-for-higher-wages?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:15:44 -0600 TakeAction Minnesota draws attention for political victories When Minnesotans last fall rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have required voters to present photo identification at the polls, it represented a huge victory for liberal groups that had fought to oppose it. On the front lines of that effort was TakeAction Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/politics/takeaction-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:57:30 -0600 Cell phone giants to halt 'cramming' charges AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to stop billing their customers for text message charges they didn't know they were racking up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/news/cramming-texts?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:26:34 -0600 Dayton 'very interested' in slot machines at MSP airport Despite the governor's support, whether a state-run casino at the airport would fly is unclear. Casino plans have always been controversial and it's not clear how much money airport gambling would generate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/news/dayton-msp-airport-gambling?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:29:25 -0600 Task force: Big changes in store for Minn. sex offender program The task force looking at how to handle the potential release of nearly 700 civilly committed sex offenders in Minnesota will release recommendations on Dec. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/news/sex-offender-program-big-changes?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:06:15 -0600 Reversing course, Dayton won't support release of sex offenders Gov. Mark Dayton said today that his administration will not recommend the provisional release of any more civilly committed sex offenders until the Legislature has a chance to revisit the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/politics/dayton-sex-offender-release?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:31:48 -0600 For Republicans, an expensive fight to pick challenger to Sen. Franken If being the Republican candidate nominee for U.S. Senate next year has anything to do with the size of a candidate's bank account and campaign headquarters, businessman Mike McFadden would have it wrapped up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/politics/gop-candidates-franken?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Some business groups signaling they've had enough of tea party Fed up with tea party movement adherents in Congress who insisted upon a government shutdown, some business groups are signaling they've had enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/28/politics/fed-up-tea-party?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Franken says push to repeal medical device tax will continue Sen. Al Franken says he and other lawmakers are not giving up their effort to repeal the medical device tax passed as part of the Affordable Care Act. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/10/franken-says-push-to-repeal-device-tax-will-continue/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:01:50 -0500 Federal workers head back to their jobs as shutdown ends The latest temporary budget fix in Washington means hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers are back on the job. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/10/federal-workers-head-back-to-their-jobs-as-shutdown-ends/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:00:03 -0500 Rod Grams, former U.S. senator and broadcaster, dies at 65 Grams, who served a term in the U.S. House and a term in the Senate in the 1990s, is being remembered as a principled, humble conservative who helped usher in a new era of politics in Minnesota and Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/rod-grams-obituary?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 09:12:24 -0500 148 more federal workers furloughed in Minnesota One week into the government shutdown, 148 more federal employees in Minnesota were sent home on furlough Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/08/news/union-federal-workers-furloughed?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Government shutdown a likely issue in 2014 campaign Democrats and Republicans blame each other for the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, but they're also asking themselves who will voters blame in next year's Congressional elections? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/politics/government-shutdown-election-year?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Federal employees in Minnesota feel shutdown pain The biggest effect of the federal government shutdown will be felt by government employees. In Minnesota as many as 19,000 people work for the federal government. Many are coming to terms with the reality that they may not be working for a while - or that they may be working without pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/shutdown-minnesota-federal-employees?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:58:57 -0500 Federal shutdown would send home thousands of workers in Minnesota Thousands of federal employees in Minnesota could be sent home if the federal government shuts down over opposition to a continuing resolution to fund government operations without changes to the Affordable Care Act. For the short-term, a shut down would mean little more than political theater, but a prolonged impasse could hurt the U.S. economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/politics/shutdown-federal-workers-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:49:17 -0500 Republican Dahlberg enters race to challenge Franken in 2014 An attorney and a 25-year Army reservist who was deployed to Iraq about 10 years ago, Dahlberg, served on the Duluth City Council before being elected to the St. Louis County Board, which he chairs. He joins four other Republicans who hope to run against Sen. Al Franken next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/dahlberg-enters-race-to-challenge-franken?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:24:13 -0500 Cigarettes sales are down, but tobacco tax revenue is up Cigarette sales in Minnesota have dropped since a $1.60 per pack tax increase took effect July 1, while sales of "roll-your-own" tobacco and e-cigarettes have increased. At the same time, ClearWay has seen interest in its smoking cessation programs rise by 240 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/25/cigarette-tax-revenue-up-sales-down?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:39:28 -0500 Citizens to Rep. Walz: Do not vote to authorize attack on Syria When U.S. Rep. Tim Walz met with constituents to hear opinions on whether the U.S. should attack Syria, there was a clear consensus: No. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/walz-hears-from-constituents-on-syria?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:53:07 -0500 DFL voters skeptical of strike on Syria Some rank-and-file Democrats say if Obama goes ahead with a military strike, he'll anger many of those who supported him for opposing the Iraq war. The situation also poses potential political problems for members of Congress who support military action against Syria, including DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/dfl-voter-skeptical-of-syria-strike?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:02:32 -0500 Franken, Klobuchar: Chemical weapons use must have consequences DFL Sen. Al Franken said he does not think the Obama administration needs Congress' approval to launch a strike in Syria. He called the use of chemical weapons a violation of international norms that must have consequences. "This cannot be allowed to stand," he said. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/franken-klobuchar-chemical-weapons-use-must-have-consequences/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:43:47 -0500 Minn. and feds in drive to improve detox for drunk people State and federal officials are concerned that when some Minnesotans become severely intoxicated they may not receive the care they need to safely sober up -- about a third of detox facilities in Minnesota have closed over the past decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/24/regional/drive-to-improve-detox-for-drunks?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Struggling homeowners have new legal tool to challenge foreclosure In the first half of this year, foreclosures in Minnesota were down nearly 50 percent from the same period three years ago. Although the situation is improving, plenty of homeowners are still struggling. Provisions of a new state law that took effect this month allow them to stop foreclosure if the process is not being properly conducted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/23/regional/struggling-homeowners-have-new-tool-to-challenge-foreclosure?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:17:38 -0500 In Iowa, Klobuchar insists she's not running for president Despite a high-profile appearance in Iowa Friday night, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she's not interested in running for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/17/politics/klobuchar-iowa?refid=0 Sat, 17 Aug 2013 09:26:35 -0500 Another Klobuchar Iowa appearance sparks presidential specualtion Sen. Amy Klobuchar's scheduled appearance at Democratic fundraiser in Iowa Friday evening is causing speculation she may be interested in a presidential run. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/politics/klobuchar-presidential-run?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Gun rights activists wary of Minn. Capitol security meeting The Vice-President of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, Andrew Rothman, has been encouraging his members to wear maroon shirts and pack the room for the discussion before the Advisory Committee on Capitol Security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/politics/gun-rights-activists-wary-of-minn-capitol-security-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:09:22 -0500 AG's call for drug war reform draws mixed comments in Minn. Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's top prosecutor, says the U.S. needs to change the way it's dealing with non-violent drug offenders. In Minnesota, the reaction among prosecutors has been mixed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/politics/holder-drug-war-minnesota-reaction?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:11:37 -0500 RNCC goes after Nolan with TV ad in Duluth The National Republican Congressional Committee says it's spending $24,000 to air a television ad in the Duluth market accusing Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan of voting against veterans. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/rncc-goes-after-nolan-with-tv-ad-in-duluth/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:17:33 -0500 Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Key moments in her career A summary of big moments in Sen. Amy Klobuchar's career since 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/05/politics/klobuchar-timeline?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:45:11 -0500 Higher Minn. cigarette prices drive more to try to quit A month into the tax increase, it's not clear yet how much cash Minnesota is collecting. The stiff tobacco levy, though, is changing behavior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/02/health/cigarette-prices?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:52:44 -0500 Controversial Westboro Baptist Church group protests same-sex marriage law Demonstrators from a controversial church in Topeka, Kan., came to Minnesota Thursday to protest the first day of same-sex marriage in the state. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/kansas-church-protest-mn-same-sex-marriage-law/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:26:12 -0500 Will Minnesota counties levy $10 wheelage tax? Thursday deadline looms The Legislature this year extended the wheelage tax option to all 87 Minnesota counties &nbsp; and then doubled the fee to $10. Counties have until Thursday to tell the state if they'll levy the tax -- and so far, they're nearly evenly divided on the topic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/29/government/counties-wheelage-tax?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Anoka Co. to end wheelage tax surcharge The Anoka County Board of Commissioners voted today to end a surcharge on car and truck license tab renewals called a "Wheelage tax." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/news/anoka-county-wheelage-tax?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:27:23 -0500 Transportation Secretary Foxx calls for cooperation in rebuilding roads, bridges U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited the site of the I-35W bridge collapse Monday to underscore the importance of maintaining the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/transportation-secretary-calls-for-bipartisan-effort-to-rebuild-roads-and-bridges/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 House ethics panels takes Bachmann case The Office of Congressional Ethics announced Tuesday that all seven cases in its docket had been referred to the Ethics Committee. The OCE operates under confidentiality rules that prohibit it from naming the targets of its probes, but due to leaks and media reports it was widely known that Bachmann's case was under investigation by the office. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/house-ethics-committee-to-review-bachmann-case/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:32:34 -0500 Twin Cities metro heroin use a growing worry People who track drug abuse in the metro area say heroin use is so prevalent that it's rivaling the methamphetamine problem of several years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/15/news/twin-cities-metro-heroin-use-a-growing-worry-?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:13:54 -0500 Sen. Baucus, Rep. Camp begin tax revamp ideas tour in Minn. Congress's top two tax policy writers left Washington behind on Monday to to get some ideas from a couple of Minnesota-based companies about how the nation's tax system should be revamped. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/politics/baucus-camp-tax-revamp-tour?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:11:35 -0500 Early on campaign trail, Mills says government hurts job growth Political newcomer Stewart Mills is running for Congress as a Republican, hoping to beat DFL Rep. Rick Nolan in the 8th Congressional District, which covers a large swath of northeastern Minnesota. Mills, vice president of his family's Mills Fleet Farm stores, says he has seen how government can hurt job growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/07/politics/stewart-mills-running-for-congress?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:52:00 -0500 Smokedale: Federal agents raided stores The Drug Enforcement Agency confirmed the raid was part of Wednesday's nationwide crackdown targeting synthetic drug sales. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/27/news/smokedale-says-federal-agents-raided-stores?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:23:05 -0500 Tobacco tax increase may give lift to e-cigarettes An increase in Minnesota's cigarette tax is giving a boost to electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional smoking. The number of Twin Cities shops selling the "e-cigs" has been rising, and shop owners credit the $1.60-a-pack tax increase that goes into effect July 1 for expanding interest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/22/politics/cigarette-taxes-may-boost-e-smoking?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Anticipating Bachmann's absence, DFL nudges Kline into bull's-eye Now that Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has said she won't run for re-election in Minnesota's 6th District, Democrats are looking for another target. They may have found one in U.S. Rep. John Kline, a Republican who for nearly a decade has represented Minnesota's 2nd District, which includes much of the southern Twin Cities suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/15/politics/dfl-looking-for-gop-target-in-kline?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Cigarette sellers say tax hike will drive buyers to other states Business is booming at Maplewood Tobacco, as a steady stream of customers tries to stock up before Minnesota's cigarette tax jumps $1.60 a pack on July 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/news/cigarette-tax-hike?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 15:13:19 -0500 Bachmann's presidential ambitions may have cost her The seeds of Michele Bachmann's announcement today to not seek re-election to her congressional seat may have been planted in Iowa more than a year ago. That's where Bachmann's run for the Republican presidential nomination briefly propelled her into frontrunner status. But it also dealt a severe blow to her political career back home and led to a series of investigations that are still underway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/politics/iowa-pivotal-michele-bachmann?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 16:32:49 -0500 Dayton's income tax draws complaints, praise from state's top earners A key source of revenue in the Minnesota's freshly minted budget is a new higher income tax rate that the top 2 percent of earners will pay. The tax increase moves the top rate from nearly 8 percent to 9.85 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/politics/dayton-income-tax?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 15:04:20 -0500 Minn. Majority says it was targeted by IRS A second group in Minnesota says it believes the IRS targeted it for extra scrutiny because of its conservative stand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/politics/irs-minnesota-majority?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 12:27:20 -0500 IRS unfairly targeted Minn. tea party organization, boardmember says A Minnesota tea party organization says it was caught-up in the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/news/irs-unfairly-targeted-minn-tea-party-organization?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 17:01:07 -0500 GOP leader Hann disagrees with district on same-sex marriage vote Minnesota Senate will vote today on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Many lawmakers are taking positions that conflict with the way the majority of their constituents voted last fall on the amendment to define marriage in the state Constitution. That could spell re-election trouble. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/politics/david-hann-same-sex-marriage-vote?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Radinovich's stand on marriage could cost him job, voters say For many of those in the Minnesota House of Representatives, today's vote on legalized same-sex marriage carries significant political risk. In Aitkin last year, a solid majority of people voted for the constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage. Even so, the first-term representative from the area has indicated he will vote for legalizing same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/politics/radinovich-same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Some Minn. daycare providers wary of union proposal A proposal in the DFL-controlled Minnesota Legislature would allow daycare providers with state-subsidized clients to hold a vote to form a union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/politics/child-care-unionization-bill?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 15:43:49 -0500 Iowa panel OKs probe of alleged Bachmann payments to senator An Iowa Senate ethics panel has voted to appoint a special investigator to review charges that a state senator took payments from a presidential campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/politics/sorenson-bachmann-ethics-violation?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 13:32:56 -0500 Bars, brewers blast booze tax proposal in Minn. A bill passed by the Minnesota House that would increase taxes on alcohol has the hospitality and alcoholic beverage industries in an uproar. Summit Brewing's Mark Stutrud says taxation could "eliminate our existence." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/business/alcohol-tax?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:43:47 -0500 Senate passes legislative pay increase The Minnesota Senate has narrowly passed a bill that would give state representatives and senators a 35 percent pay increase. Supporters say a raise is overdue and that without better pay well-qualified candidates may not run for the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/16/politics/legislative-pay-increase-reax?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:07:13 -0500 Graves to face Bachmann again in 6th District election Business executive Jim Graves says he will again for Congress next year against Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/bachmann-will-face-graves-again-in-6th-district-election?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:31:35 -0500 Bachmann 'convinced' she'll be cleared in ethics investigation Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's confident she will be cleared of any wrongdoing in a congressional investigation of campaign finance violations by her presidential campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/politics/bachmann-ethics-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:04:19 -0500 Dayton, Franken address rising college costs Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken heard about the cost of higher education from college students and administrators during a roundtable discussion Monday at St. Paul College. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/education/dayton-franken-college-costs?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:08:09 -0500 For Dayton and some business leaders, tensions bubble to the surface The president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce plans to meet with top Dayton administration officials to discuss tension between the governor and business leaders. Chamber officials accuse Dayton of misrepresenting Minnesota's business climate and dismissing their concerns about the repercussions of raising taxes on top earners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/30/politics/dayton-business-leaders-tensions?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Critics say Dayton's 'snowbird' tax would backfire Gov. Mark Dayton is again proposing an income tax on people who spend 60 or more days a year in the state. Dayton argues "snowbirds," use the same services everyone else pays for and that they should be required to pay their fair share. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/politics/critics-dayton-snowbird-tax?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:36:39 -0500 Bachmann sticks close to home after close election last year Since abandoning her 2012 presidential campaign and almost losing her congressional re-election campaign last year, Bachmann has shrunk her national profile and made a point of promoting her efforts to address concerns close to home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/politics/bachmann-6th-district?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:06:21 -0500 Dayton: Higher tobacco tax is about health, not revenue DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says the income tax increase on top earners in his revised budget plan is all about fairness. But his proposal to raise the tobacco tax by 94 cents a pack will disproportionately hit Minnesotans of modest means. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/politics/dayton-tobacco-tax?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:25:00 -0500 Dayton's new plan includes higher taxes on cigarettes, wealthy Gov. Mark Dayton is asking Minnesota's wealthiest citizens to pay more than a billion dollars in new income taxes in order to boost state funding for schools and colleges by nearly $900 million. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/03/dayton_still_pu.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:38:59 -0500 Dayton says tax plan intended to force businesses to pay fair share Mark Dayton's gubernatorial campaign called for higher taxes on wealthy Minnesotans. He said then and now that they need to pay their fair share. Dayton speaks about his ambitious sales tax plan in similar terms - that it is intended to force businesses to pay their fair share. While the governor insists average Minnesotans would not get stuck with the bill, many are skeptical. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/politics/dayton-tax-plan-business?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton mulls budget proposal tweaks after improved outlook Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that the state's improved financial picture will allow him to go back to the drawing board and perhaps curtail some of his tax proposals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/daily-circuit-mark-dayton-budget?refid=0 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Why are so many Americans buying emergency food supplies? In a marketing email to customers this week, warehouse store Sam's Club listed among its most popular selling items a year's supply of emergency food for a family of four. It costs $2,667 for a pallet of food in plastic buckets and has a shelf-life of up to 25 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/daily-circuit-sams-club-emergency-food-supplies?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:39:48 -0600 Social Security's simple fix blocked by politics To address the nation's debt problem, experts say Congress should first address Social Security -- the federal government's largest program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/politics/social-security-fix?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:18:35 -0600 Franken appears well-positioned for re-election Six years ago this month, DFLer Al Franken launched his campaign for U.S Senate against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. After a long recount, Franken won by just 312 votes. For some it appeared Franken might be an easy target in 2014, but it's not playing out that way -- at least for now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/politics/franken-reelection-campaign?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:55:00 -0600 Obama praises Mpls. gun violence reduction efforts in Minn. visit President Barack Obama used the first visit to Minnesota of his second term to push for a series of gun control measures he wants Congress to approve. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/04/politics/obama-minneapolis-visit-gun-control?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:22:13 -0600 Robotics Day at Capitol spotlights industry Monday is Minnesota Robotics Day at the state Capitol, where students and people who work in the robotics industry will be demonstrating what they do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/27/politics/robotics-day-at-capitol?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:04:54 -0600 Business fights back on Dayton's sales tax plan Some Minnesota business leaders say the governor's sales tax proposal is a terrible idea that would hurt the state's economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/politics/businesses-dayton-sales-tax?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:59:40 -0600 Lawmakers, retailers consider effect of sales tax on clothes All but seven of the 50 states tax clothing sales, and the idea of extending the sales tax to clothing in Minnesota has been proposed many times in the Legislature. Supporters say it could help stabilize sales tax revenue, while critics worry that retailers would lose a competitive advantage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/12/politics/lawmakers-consider-taxing-clothing-in-minn?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 After the cliff: Not much change right away If Democrats and Republicans fail to reach a tax and spending compromise before Tuesday, not a lot is going to change for most people, at least not right away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/economy/after-the-cliff-not-much-change-right-away?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:40:00 -0600 Walz: Congress could act soon on gun control legislation Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz said he thinks Congress could act relatively soon on legislation aimed at preventing gun violence following the school shooting in Connecticut last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/daily-circuit-tim-walz-gun-control?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 08:37:53 -0600 Minn. GOP panel to weigh rule on delegates The Central Committee of the Minnesota Republican Party will meet on Saturday, and some are hoping for a resolution opposing a new National Republican Committee rule about national convention delegate selection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/08/politics/gop-state-rules?refid=0 Sat, 08 Dec 2012 09:25:47 -0600 Smarting from election losses, state Republicans discuss strategy to regroup The Minnesota Republican Party's central committee meets Saturday following big defeats at the polls last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/politics/state-republicans-regroup-strategy?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:19:56 -0600 Nolan embraces role as 'veteran freshman' in Congress After more than three decades, former DFL Rep. Rick Nolan is returning to Congress on Monday for freshman orientation sessions this week. Nolan, however stands out in the class of incoming representatives because he has already served three terms in Congress, which gives him instant seniority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/11/politics/nolan-returns?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Nolan defeats Cravaack in 8th District Former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat, has defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th District race. Cravaack conceded the race a short time ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/8thdistrict-cravaack-nolan?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:35:22 -0600 8th District candidates make final push to turn out voters At this late stage, for most campaigns the time for persuasion is over and all efforts are given to getting supporters to actually vote. On the last day before the election, Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack spent the final hours of the campaign to rally supporters in the southern part of the 8th District. His challenger, former Rep. Rick Nolan, tried to fire-up Democrats in the northern part of the district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/politics/eighth-district-candidates-last-push?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 19:02:50 -0600 GOP, DFL activists make final appeals On the last weekend before the election, Minnesota Republicans and Democrats were making final appeals to get their supporters to the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/03/politics/campaign-last-days?refid=0 Sat, 03 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 In last debate, Cravaack and Nolan spar over mining, jobs Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack and his DFL challenger, former Rep. Rick Nolan, met for their final debate Wednesday afternoon at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/politics/eighth-district-debate-virginia?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:21:58 -0500 8th District congressional candidates to meet for last debate Polls show former Rep. Rick Nolan leads in the 8th District congressional race, but only slightly. Most view the race as too close to call. The DFL challenger Nolan meets Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack in a debate this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/politics/cravaack-nolan-debate?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. tea partiers try quieter tack in 2012 campaigns Tea party supporters have not been as vocal this year as they were during the last round of Congressional elections, and that could be a bad sign for Republicans like Chip Cravaack who rode the conservative wave to Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/politics/tea-party-quieter-than-2010-races?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:58:49 -0500 Cravaack, Nolan tussle over health care, jobs in 3rd debate With three weeks to go until Election Day, Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack and former DFL Rep. Rick Nolan debated Tuesday over the best ways to create jobs and provide health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/politics/cravaack-nolan-third-eighth-district-debate?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:53:33 -0500 Cravaack, outside groups heighten criticism of Nolan in 8th Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack and his DFL challenger Rick Nolan debate for the third time today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/politics/cravaack-nolan-heighten-criticism?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Outside money flowing into 8th district race As Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack and his Democratic challenger former Congressman Rick Nolan face off in Minnesota's 8th District Congressional District race, special-interest groups are on track to outspend their campaigns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/politics/8th-district-campaign-outside-money?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Cravaack and Nolan hold spirited, respectful debate Cravaack is trying to win a second term in the northeastern Minnesota district, while Nolan is trying to make a political comeback by returning to Congress after having served three decades ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/politics/cravaack-nolan-eighth-district-debate?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 14:30:05 -0500 Cravaack, Nolan battle over Medicare Republican Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan are battling over Medicare in the 8th District. Both candidates have aired new TV ads on the subject earlier this week to criticize the other over who would better protect health care for seniors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/politics/cravaack-nolan-medicare?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 8th District candidates compete to show who is stronger supporter of mining The United Steelworkers Union's endorsement is a major victory for Rick Nolan in the 8th District battle, and could help him unseat Chip Cravaack. The two candidates disagree on much. But both are quick to say that to win, they'll need to carry the Iron Range, where mining tops the list of important issues for many voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/politics/eighth-district-mining?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:53:05 -0500 Klobuchar, Bills debate unemployment, deficit DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and her Republican challenger, state Rep. Kurt Bills, met for their second one-on-one debate this morning in Duluth Tuesday, trading jabs on the deficit and unemployment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/politics/klobuchar-bills-debate?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:36:09 -0500 8th District race for Congress divides Aitkin The congressional race between Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota's 8th District is shaping up to be a close one -- especially in Aitkin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/politics/8th-district-race-aitkin-nolan-cravaack?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:36:37 -0500 Minn. delegation ends Republican convention divided Minnesotan Republican leaders say they are leaving the GOP convention confident that conservative Minnesotan voters will unite behind the party ticket. However, some delegates are heading home angry with the national Republican Party and its nominee, Mitt Romney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/politics/delegation-ends-republican-convention-divided?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 06:36:00 -0500 Armed with one-liners, Pawlenty tears into Obama Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty came out swinging at the Republican National Convention, listing off what he called one bad decision after another by President Barack Obama, from the health care overhaul to choosing Joe Biden as his vice president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/politics/tim-pawlenty-rnc?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 08:05:00 -0500 Political star Michele Bachmann works convention crowd Eight months after she left the presidential race, Rep. Michele Bachmann still retains a celebrity-like following. Using that, she whipped-up support among fellow Republicans for the Romney-Ryan ticket and downplayed any notion of another presidential run in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/politics/michele-bachmann-rnc-celebrity?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:20:00 -0500 Ron Paul's supporters wait to be courted by Mitt Romney As the Republican National Convention celebrates the nomination of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, some of Minnesota's delegates say uniting behind the nominees is wishful thinking unless the Romney campaign starts to make serious overtures to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/politics/ron-paul-supporters-wait-to-be-courted-by-romney?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:52:11 -0500 In Tampa, Paul's Minnesota supporters unfazed by Isaac The Republican National Convention is set to convene Monday but will immediately recess until sometime Tuesday afternoon because a massive tropical storm named Isaac is churning in the nearby Gulf of Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/27/politics/in-tampa-paul-supporters-unfazed-by-isaac?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 06:05:22 -0500 Minn. delegates attending Paul rally despite storm in Tampa As Isaac moves through the Gulf of Mexico, tens of thousands of visitors to the Tampa area in town for the Republican National Convention are watching and waiting to see what happens with the tropical storm that's expected to become a dangerous hurricane. Among them is a contingent of Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/26/politics/rnc-paul-rally?refid=0 Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:47:28 -0500 Kurt Bills' campaign shrugs off primary performance In a three-way race for the U.S Senate, Rep. Kurt Bills barely topped 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/politics/kurt-bills-primary-performance?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:55:54 -0500 Subtle policy differences divide Parry, Quist It's been a wild week in the Republican primary race in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District. But what about the issues? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/politics/allen-quist-mike-parry-first-district-republican-primary?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:06:16 -0500 Dems. in countdown to 8th District primary A week from Tuesday, Democrats in northeastern Minnesota will decide who will run against Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/04/politics/dfl-primary?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Dems in Minneapolis to draft platform The Democratic National Committee's "platform drafting committee" will begin putting together their party's national political platform in the Twin Cities over the next three days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/27/politics/democrats-in-minneapolis-to-draft-platform?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:40:03 -0500 Dayton on state budgeting, flood relief It's been a busy summer so far for Gov. Mark Dayton. Since we last spoke to him in March, northern Minnesota has flooded, he returned from a trip to China and the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the health reform law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/daily-circuit-mark-dayton-flooding-health-reform?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Wind energy firms urge credit extension Some Minnesota businesses involved in wind energy production are urging Congress to extend the wind energy product tax credit, which expires at the end of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/02/business/wind-energy?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:02:18 -0500 In 2nd District, Obermueller targets Kline on Medicare In previous contests, the Democratic effort to unseat John Kline was a tough challenge in this district that was solidly Republican. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/27/politics/kline-obermueller-2nd-district?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Ron Paul delegates try to cut expenses at Republican National Convention Most Minnesota Republicans heading to this year's national convention are first-time delegates, and they're finding out that the trip will cost them thousands of dollars. Some are looking for unconventional ways to cut their convention expenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/21/politics/minn-rnc-delegates?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:33:46 -0500 Kurt Bills confident of victory in Senate primary Republican-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills is confident he will prevail in the August primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/politics/kurt-bills?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 19:11:44 -0500 Ex-Marine Republican challenges Bills in Senate race David Carlson says he's challenging the Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate because he thinks State Representative Kurt Bills' tie to Ron Paul will make Bills unelectable in a general election. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/06/marine_combat_v.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 11:03:20 -0500 Newly endorsed, Klobuchar vows to 'fight for what's right' The DFL Party formally backed U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's re-election campaign on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/03/minn-dems?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jun 2012 09:06:56 -0500 A mismatched Senate race for Klobuchar and Bills Over the weekend Minnesota Democrats endorsed U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's bid for re-election. Klobuchar is one of the most popular senators in the country, and despite Republican claims she's vulnerable, political analysts agree she's a virtual shoo-in for re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/03/minn-senate?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Klobuchar gets Minn. Dems' backing in Rochester U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been endorsed for a second term by Democratic Party activists gathered in Rochester for their state convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/02/dems-klobuchar?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jun 2012 13:21:41 -0500 Obama calls for 'veterans job corps' during Minn. visit President Barack Obama spent much of today in Minnesota, where he called on Congress to act on his plan to create jobs. Obama focused on one particular item: the creation of a "Veterans Jobs Corps," which would find jobs for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in law enforcement, fire departments and other civilian occupations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/obama-honeywell-minnesota-visit?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 12:58:28 -0500 Cravaack files re-election paperwork Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack filed his official paperwork Wednesday morning with the Minnesota Secretary of State to run for re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/politics/cravaack-files-re-election-paperwork?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 11:20:58 -0500 GOP candidate Bills does about-face on foreign aid Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills said Tuesday he no longer supports eliminating all foreign aid in the U.S. budget, as he had called for in previous weeks. Instead, Bills said he supports a freeze on foreign aid at $5 billion a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/kurt-bills-files-campaign-papers?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 15:48:11 -0500 Paul-backed Senate candidate: 'I'm a Kurt Bills Republican' Party Republicans have chosen a candidate to run this fall against Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Minnesota State Rep. Kurt Bills of Rosemont was endorsed by delegates to the state GOP convention in St. Cloud Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/daily-circuit-kurt-bills-klobuchar-gop?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 08:34:40 -0500 Ron Paul has Texas-size influence in Minnesota GOP Ron Paul had a huge influence on the state Republican convention in St. Cloud: His supporters won an overwhelming majority of delegates to the national convention, and a Paul-endorsed candidate will take on Sen. Amy Klobuchar this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/20/minn-paul?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 A near-sweep for Paul's backers A solid majority of the delegation Minnesota Republicans will send to this Summer's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., will be going in support of Texas Congressman Ron Paul for President. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/19/gop-convention?refid=0 Sat, 19 May 2012 16:55:23 -0500 Bills wins GOP endorsement; prepares for campaign Party Republicans have chosen state Rep. Kurt Bills of Rosemount to run this fall against Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Bills secured the endorsement partly through strong support from Texas Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/19/bills-wins-gop-endorsement?refid=0 Sat, 19 May 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Ron Paul supporters will flex muscles at Minn. GOP convention The Minnesota Republican convention gets underway this morning in St. Cloud. While the main order of business is to endorse a candidate for the U.S. Senate race, the influence of presidential candidate Ron Paul will be felt throughout the two-day event. Paul's Minnesota supporters say they're in a "position of power" in the state's GOP Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/minn-republican-convention-preview?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Vying for Klobuchar's seat, Bills says he can make 'tough decisions' Delegates to the state Republican convention will endorse a candidate for U.S. Senate on Friday. MPR News is looking at what each of the candidates is proposing to do about the nation's budget deficit. Today, it's state Rep. Kurt Bills' turn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/politics/kurt-bills-profile?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Hegseth seeks Medicare, Social Security overhauls Delegates to the state Republican convention will endorse a candidate for U.S. Senate later this week. MPR News is looking at what each of the candidates is proposing to do about the nation's budget deficit. Today, it's Army National Guard Capt. Pete Hegseth's turn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/16/hegseth-entitlements-overhaul?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Severson aims at Klobuchar with Cain, Ryan economics As Severson campaigns to convince Republicans he's the one they should choose to run against Klobuchar, he lists federal government agencies he says the constitution never authorized and that should be shut down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/15/severson-aims-at-klobuchar?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Bachmann now holds U.S. and Swiss citizenships News that Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has become a Swiss citizen is generating a great deal of water cooler discussion. The Minnesota congresswoman confirmed her dual US-Swiss citizenship to a Swiss television news crew this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/michele-bachmann-dual-citizenship?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 17:00:00 -0500 French firm buying MN-based SAGE The companies say the deal will help SAGE expand into international markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/business/french-firm-buying-minnesota-based-sage?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 11:12:09 -0500 Rochester wants project back in bonding bill Rochester officials are hoping they still have a chance to get more than $30 million from the state Legislature to expand the city's Mayo Civic Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/politics/rochester-bonding-bill?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 09:54:46 -0500 Ron Paul could play big role in Republican pick for Senate race Supporters of Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul will be well represented at this year's Minnesota Republican Convention, when the party endorses a candidate to run against DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/ron-paul-republican-pick-senate-race?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Bachmann challenger Jim Graves: 'We can win this thing' Political newcomer Jim Graves says he is confident he can defeat Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the 6th Congressional District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/jim-graves-bachmann-challenger?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:41:36 -0500 Ron Paul backers to dominate Minn.'s RNC delegation Ron Paul supporters will dominate Minnesota's delegation to the Republican National Convention this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/ron-paul-supporters-minnesota-rnc-delegation?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:42:46 -0500 Bachmann wraps Afghanistan visit Rep. Michele Bachmann is wrapping up an overseas trip where she and other members Congress met with military and diplomatic officials in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/bachmann-afghanistan?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:29:07 -0500 Republicans to endorse Walz challenger Southern Minnesota Republicans will gather in Mankato Saturday for the 1st District Republican convention, where one of the main orders of business will be to endorse a candidate to run against DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/southern-minnesota-republicans-to-endorse-challenger-to-walz?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:37:54 -0500 Bachmann focused on House race, not presidential campaign debt Unlike her last re-election effort when the tea party was coming into its own and Rep. Michele Bachmann was a rising star, she's now an unsuccessful presidential candidate with more than $1 million in campaign debt hanging over her head. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/bachmann-presidential-debt-load?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:19:28 -0500 Santorum's Minn. fans show tepid support for Romney Rick Santorum won the straw poll at the Minnesota caucuses back in February, when it seemed like many Republicans were looking for a more conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. Experts say a lack of enthusiasm will be more of an issue in other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/santorums-minnesota-fans-show-tepid-support-for-romney?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:17:11 -0500 Bachmann pumps gas, blames Democrats for the high price Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was at the Fast Break Gas Station in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, Tuesday morning pumping fuel into several vehicles and highlighting the relatively high price of gas. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/bachmann_pumps.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:23:56 -0500 Bachmann promotes domestic energy Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is making several stops throughout the 6th Congressional District Monday and Tuesday in what's being billed as an "energy tour." Her first stop Monday morning was in Stillwater, to present local officials with copies of the law authorizing construction of a new St. Croix River bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/bachmann-energy?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 12:32:54 -0500 Dems think Rep. Kline is weaker in new 2nd District Minnesota's redrawn 2nd Congressional District has a trio of Democrats weighing a challenge to incumbent U.S. Rep. John Kline, a Republican who could be more vulnerable than he has been in past elections because of redistricting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/second-district-democrats-challenge-john-kline?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 15:59:31 -0500 Sen. Klobuchar draws three Republican challengers After a slow start, the Republican U.S. Senate endorsement campaign in Minnesota is now in full swing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/klobuchar-challengers?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:04:18 -0500 Bachmann says McCain will help her retire $1M debt Finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission last week showed Bachmann's presidential campaign was more than $1 million in debt as of Jan. 25 of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/bachmann-mccain?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 06:39:38 -0500 Bachmann's presidential campaign $1 million in debt Newly filed Federal Election Commission documents show Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann's failed presidential campaign was more than $1 million in debt in the weeks following her decision to drop out of the race in early January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/bachmann-for-president-campaign-debt?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 07:52:03 -0500 DFL businessman McGoldrick challenges Bachmann Democratic small businessman Brian McGoldrick is entering the race for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District against Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/dfl-businessman-challenges-bachmann?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 08:49:22 -0500 Brodkorb closer to filing lawsuit against Senate Michael Brodkorb was fired after having an affair with the Senate majority leader and plans to file a complaint today that could be a precursor to a lawsuit, his attorney said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/brodkorb-complaint?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:43:45 -0500 Grain Belt Brewery development on tap for approval tonight A Minneapolis City Council committee takes up a proposal today Tuesday to sell the remaining undeveloped portions of the old Grain Belt brewery to a development company hoping to build apartments on the site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/grain-belt-brewery-development?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:33:13 -0500 Republicans say they have a shot at unseating DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz State Sen. Mike Parry and former state Rep. Allen Quist are seeking the GOP endorsement to take on Walz in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/18/tim-walz-mike-parry-allen-quist?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 DFLer Anne Nolan steps forward to challenge Bachmann Nolan ran unsuccessfully three times in the past for the state Legislature. She is the first DFLer to step forward to take on Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/nolan-bachmann?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 10:06:54 -0600 Bachmann remains strong in reconfigured 6th District, supporters say The new 6th District she will be running in is considered even more conservative than the old one. And some Republicans seem to think Bachmann's unsuccessful run for president has helped -- not hurt -- her back home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/bachmann-remains-strong-in-reconfigured-6-district?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 15:00:39 -0600 GOP state Rep. Bills jumps into U.S. Senate race Freshman Republican legislator Kurt Bills of Rosemount has announced his campaign for U.S. Senate in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/gop-state-rep-kurt-bills-jumps-into-us-senate-race?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 13:59:24 -0600 In redrawn 4th District, Bachmann, McCollum supporters weigh benefits When a court panel redrew Minnesota's political boundaries, the greatest change came to the east metro area where tens of thousands of voters found themselves in a new congressional district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/fourth-district-competitive-ground?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 04:01:00 -0600 Pete Hegseth challenges Amy Klobuchar for Senate position U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar officially has a new Republican challenger. Combat veteran Pete Hegseth joins one other Republican in a race to take on Klobuchar, a Democrat who is running for a second term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/pete-hegseth-challenge-amy-klobuchar?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 15:48:40 -0600 Bachmann: Stillwater bridge bill up for vote this week U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says House leaders have committed to bringing the Stillwater bridge project up for a floor vote as soon as Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/bachmann-stillwater-bridge-vote?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:23:24 -0600 Stillwater to lose key ally of bridge plan: Michele Bachmann U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum will soon represent Stillwater and is one of the biggest opponents of the bipartisan St. Croix bridge proposal. She says redistricting isn't changing her position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/redistricting-stillwater-liftbridge-betty-mccollum-michele-bachmann?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:08:52 -0600 Dayton asks Bachmann about funding for Stillwater bridge replacement Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she has spoken to Gov. Mark Dayton about his concern that without federal action soon, funding for a new St. Croix River bridge could be in jeopardy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:01:45 -0600 Facing steep climb, Klobuchar's opponents dig in High approval numbers for the Sen. Amy Klobuchar haven't deterred her three Republican challengers, who include former state Rep. Dan Severson, St. Bonifacius City Council member Joe Arwood and Anthony Hernandez. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/amy-klobuchar-opponents-dan-severson-joe-arwood-anthony-hernandez?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:50:53 -0600 Bachmann to vote 'no' on extension of payroll tax cut Congress is scheduled to vote today on a bill to extend a payroll tax holiday. Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann tells MPR News she plans to vote "no" on the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/baachmann?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:08:15 -0600 Some voters disappointed in legislators, state of state Before Gov. Mark Dayton delivers tonight's state of the state speech, some Minnesotans were asked to assess the government's performance. Many were there is still unhappiness over the situation at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/voters-disappointed?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Low turnout in Minn. caucuses helped Santorum, hindered Romney To understand why Minnesota Republicans rejected Mitt Romney in Tuesday's presidential preference straw poll, it pays to look at who attended the GOP caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/minnesota-gop-caucus-turnout?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 16:55:24 -0600 Presidential hopefuls vie for bragging rights in low-stakes Minn. caucus Republicans in Minnesota will have their first chance to weigh in on the presidential election tonight, when the party will caucus in precincts across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/07/minnesota-caucus?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Mitt Romney riding high in Minnesota visit Still riding high from his decisive win in Florida's Republican primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney didn't seem bothered a bit when a supporter of same-sex marriage threw glitter on him at the beginning of his Minnesota rally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/mitt-romney-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 17:46:36 -0600 Bachmann presidential campaign ended 2011 $447K in debt While Michele Bachmann has some work to do to clear up the books of her presidential run, some think her her failed campaign will only help her fundraising as she seeks re-election to Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/bachmann-debt?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:50:39 -0600 8th District will be political battleground this election One of the most hard-fought campaigns for Congress in Minnesota this year will be the battle for the 8th District in the northeastern part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/8th-district-battleground?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:30:31 -0600 Bachmann ends White House bid Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday morning that she is suspending her bid for the White House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/04/bachmann-south-carolina-decision?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Bachmann faces rough road after Iowa thumping Bachmann had been predicting a caucus "miracle," and that Iowans would "come home" to her. But she garnered just 5 percent of the caucus vote, and placed second to last. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/04/bachmann-looks-to-south-carolina?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 06:28:45 -0600 Bachmann makes last pitch for Iowa support Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann heads home to her birthplace near Waterloo, Iowa, hoping to convince many of the undecided caucus-goers to support her in tonight's balloting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/02/michelle-bachmann-iowa-caucus-day?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 05:00:00 -0600 Bachmann upbeat despite second major defection Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann contends that her prospects in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses are brighter than ever, despite having lost two key players in her campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/bachmann-caucus-prospects?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 07:30:49 -0600 Bachmann soldiers on after key aide defects to Paul Just hours after appearing alongside Bachmann, Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson told Ron Paul supporters gathered in Des Moines he was switching sides http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/bachmann-soldiers-on?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:05:52 -0600 Bachmann Iowa chair defects to Ron Paul Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign enters the home-stretch of the Iowa Caucuses with some bad news. Her state campaign chairman, Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson, has defected to one of her competitors, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Mark Zdechlik, who's in Des Moines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/zdechlik?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:18:28 -0600 Bachmann takes aim at Republican competitors In Iowa today, Michele Bachmann criticized some of her Republican competitors campaigning to be the GOP presidential nominee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/28/michele-bachmann-iowa?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:32:38 -0600 MPR's Mark Zdechlik follows Michele Bachmann in Iowa A look at Congresswoman Michele Bachmann as she wraps up her bus tour of all 99 Iowa counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/27/zdechlik?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 09:52:08 -0600 Bachmann wrapping up Iowa campaign tour Bachmann has been sounding confident throughout her last-ditch campaign barnstorm of Iowa and she's been keeping up an aggressive campaign schedule as she nears the end of her campaign tour of all 99 of Iowa's counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/25/bachmann-iowa-campaign-tour?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 As Iowa's caucuses loom, conservative Republicans look for a leader In Sioux County, Iowa, there's a lot of interest in next year's presidential election, but also a lot of indecision among many local Republicans who still don't know who they will support in the looming Iowa caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/orange-city-iowa-caucus-goer?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:00:00 -0600 Bachmann campaign hopes organizational strength keeps her in the race As Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann prepares for the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3, her campaign is hoping what she lacks in popular support she may make up with her campaign organization in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/04/bachmann-iowa-campaign-organization?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 DFL party chair compares Bachmann to Wellstone At a news conference in St. Paul Monday, Minnesota DFL Party Chair Ken Martin criticized Mitt Romney for being inconsistent on issues such as immigration, economic policy and legalized abortion. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/11/mn_dfl_bachmann.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:28:21 -0600 Bachmann focuses on social issues in Iowa forum GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann of Minnesota expounded on her "biblical world view" and how her faith has shaped her life during a "Thanksgiving Family Forum" Saturday evening in Des Moines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/19/bachmann-religious-family-forum?refid=0 Sat, 19 Nov 2011 22:47:34 -0600 Bachmann pushes conservative credentials in latest Iowa swing GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been sharpening her message as the self-described "only true conservative" in the Republican race for president, as she campaigned in Iowa for the past several days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/bachmann-iowa-more-conservative?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:28:06 -0600 Bachmann: 'We are broke in this country' Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann continued to defend her plan for dramatic spending cuts during a Q-and-A at Drake University Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/17/michele-bachmann-campaigns-at-drake?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 13:31:57 -0600 GOP debaters aim for votes, but TV aims for ratings The campaign on television may be the biggest reality show of the year, extravagant broadcasts with elaborate, custom-designed sets and graphics, and large live audiences coached to cheer as they would at a rock concert or football game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/gop-debaters-aim-for-votes-aims-for-ratings?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:05:34 -0600 S.C. promising, but challenging for Bachmann campaign Some analysts say Republican Michele Bachmann could do well in South Carolina, but has some hurdles to leap to capture that state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/bachmann-campaign-sc?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Bachmann hosts fundraiser in Minneapolis Campaign officials for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann declined to disclose the number in attendance at her Minneapolis fundraiser or how much campaign money was raised. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/bachmann-hosts-fundraiser-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 22:52:32 -0500 Dayton pleads for cooperation in opening of jobs summit Gov. Mark Dayton kicked off his jobs summit at a downtown St. Paul hotel this morning by talking about the economic challenges facing the state and nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/dayton-jobs-summit?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:31:26 -0500 Bachmann's ex-NH staffers blast national campaign The New Hampshire staffers who left Republican Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign issued a statement on Monday harshly critical of Bachmann's national campaign staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/24/bachmann-new-hampshire-staff?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:00:00 -0500 Iowa homeschool advocates could be key Bachmann support Homeschoolers have proven to be important allies for candidates and political causes, and could be Michele Bachmann's key to winning the Iowa caucus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/24/iowa-home-school-support-bachmann?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Bachmann supporters insist presidential race isn't over Michele Bachmann will spend part of this week in Iowa, insisting she is the only true conservative in the GOP nomination battle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/16/bachmann-iowa-supporters?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 In Bachmann's home district, speculation about re-election Public opinion polls suggest Rep. Michele Bachmann's quest for the Republican presidential nomination is in trouble, and talk in political circles has turned to the impact her White House aspirations may have on her re-election chances to Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/polls-support-bachmann?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Bachmann's small donors demonstrate faith Rep. Michele Bachmann has been struggling in the polls of late, so supporters and opponents alike are wondering whether that stream of grass roots financial support is enough to keep her ambitions alive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/01/bachmann-small-donors?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Bachmann seeks Iowa boost Promoting lower taxes and reduced government regulation as ways to spur the economy and create jobs, Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. continues a two-day presidential campaign tour Tuesday in Iowa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/bachmann-tours-iowa-to-boost-support?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Iowa supporters want Bachmann to get her shoes dirty Her Iowa supporters say Rep. Michele Bachmann needs to realize the media buzz that propelled her to victory in the Ames Straw Poll is gone, and it's time to press the flesh with everyday voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/18/iowa-supporters-want-bachmann-to-get-her-shoes-dirty?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Bachmann attacks Perry over vaccination requirement, contradicts expert medical opinion Looking for campaign traction during Monday's GOP presidential debate, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry over a requirement to vaccinate young girls for a sexually transmitted disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/bachmann-attacks-perry-over-vaccination-requirement?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:32:42 -0500 'Real' Tim Pawlenty endorses Mitt Romney Pawlenty's endorsement of Romney for president marks a departure from the sharp rhetoric the Minnesotan used when he was campaigning for the Republican nomination, harshly criticizing Romney for supporting state-mandated health care as Massachusetts governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/real-tim-pawlenty-endorses-mitt-romney?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:39:49 -0500 Bachmann abandons New Hampshire in shifting campaign environment Rep. Michele Bachmann announced her presidential campaign at a GOP debate in June in Manchester. But since then, she has only returned to the state once. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/bachmann-abandons-new-hampshire-in-favor-of-iowa?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 13:56:47 -0500 Fresh competition forces Bachmann to refocus campaign The Minnesota congresswoman still receives plenty of media attention, but much of the focus is now on her dwindling prospects in the face of new competition from Texas Gov. Rick Perry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/fresh-competition-forces-bachmann-to-refocus-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Bachmann invokes nostalgia for Reagan, Thatcher Michele Bachmann says President Obama is failing to lead when it comes to foreign policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/bachmann-american-legion?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:20:14 -0500 Legionnaires give Obama polite, muted reception in Mpls. Legionnaires gave the president only one standing ovation during the speech in Minneapolis and had mixed reactions to it afterwards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/obama_addresses-american-legion?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 16:45:15 -0500 Obama will tackle veterans' issues in Minneapolis speech President Barack Obama will return to the Twin Cities on Tuesday for a speech before the American Legion's annual convention. He's expected to tackle veterans' issues, including unemployment and mental health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/obama-visits-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 06:07:30 -0500 Bachmann swoops through S.C. on tail of straw poll victory Michele Bachmann wrapped up a campaign swing through South Carolina, hoping to capitalize on her recent victory in the Ames Straw Poll. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/bachmann-sc-straw-poll-victory?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Bachmann celebrates Iowa poll win Michele Bachmann returned to her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa Sunday evening to celebrate her first-place showing in the Ames Straw Poll over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/14/michele-bachmann-folo?refid=0 Sun, 14 Aug 2011 22:02:28 -0500 Why Pawlenty's campaign didn't catch fire Tim Pawlenty supporters say the former Minnesota governor would have made a good president and they're disappointed he had to end his campaign. Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for president Sunday morning, following his disappointing third place showing in the Ames Straw Poll over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/14/pawlenty-exit-supporters-reaction?refid=0 Sun, 14 Aug 2011 19:00:00 -0500 Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll, Pawlenty takes 3rd GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll Saturday, leaving former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a distant third place among those who cast ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/13/bachmann-wins-iowa-straw-poll?refid=0 Sat, 13 Aug 2011 17:42:26 -0500 Was Pawlenty too harsh on Bachmann? Iowans weigh in Minnesotans Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann are holding separate rallies this evening in Ames, Iowa designed to get their supporters to vote for them in a straw poll tomorrow. Last night their criticism of each other dominated a Republican presidential candidates' debate. We talked to people at the Iowa State Fair today to see what they thought of the debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/12/pawlenty-debate-folo?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 15:52:46 -0500 Pawlenty, Bachmann spar at Iowa GOP debate The congresswoman and ex-governor repeatedly insulted each other at last night's GOP presidential debate, which was overshadowed by the expected entrance of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/11/gop-iowa-debate?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:25:40 -0500 Debate marks start of Iowa's 'Minnesota primary' Two Republicans from Minnesota -- former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann -- are among the field of presidential candidates participating in tonight's debate in Iowa.. and the state Republican Party's straw poll on Saturday. The two are battling to become the main alternative to perceived frontrunner Mitt Romney. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/08/big_debate_big.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:13:48 -0500 Stakes are high for Pawlenty in Iowa the next few days Analysts say if the former Minnesota governor fails to deliver in a nationally televised debate tonight and a straw poll this weekend, he may lose the confidence of supporters and find it difficult to finance a campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/pawlenty-bachmann-iowa?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Bachmann adamantly opposes raising debt ceiling The Minnesota congresswoman burnishes her conservative credentials at the National Press Club. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/bachmann-press-club-titanium-spine?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:31:00 -0500 Shutdown could have political consequences for both parties After three weeks of a government shutdown during which more than 20,000 state workers sat at home laid off, and state parks, rest stops and countless other operations sat idle, many Minnesotans are angry the people they elected to balance the state budget failed to do so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/shutdown-voters-aftermath?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:00:00 -0500 Former Congressman Rick Nolan campaigns for 8th District seat Former Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan today announced his campaign for the 8th District seat currently held by Republican Chip Cravaack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/rick-nolan-campaign-8th-district?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:47:26 -0500 Wis. Gov. Walker asks Minn. for new income tax deal Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told reporters in Hudson Wednesday morning that he hopes his state and Minnesota can soon negotiate a new income tax deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/wisconsin-income-tax-reciprocity?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:17:57 -0500 Voters sent mixed message, now disappointed with results Minnesota voters sent a mixed message last fall when they elected a Democratic governor who campaigned on a "tax the rich" theme, at the same time they gave anti-tax Republicans control of the Legislature. Now many are dismayed by partisan bickering that led to the state government shutdown. That's particularly true in parts of the closely divided House District 25B. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/08/shutdown-voter-opinions?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:25:24 -0500 Iowa Democrats confident of Obama's re-election chances Republican presidential hopefuls have been criss-crossing Iowa lately, campaigning against President Barack Obama and what they call his failed economic policy. The message has been well received by Iowa Republicans. But Democrats in the state have a different view of the rhetoric in their own backyard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/iowa-democrats?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 14:04:29 -0500 Bachmann's official 2012 announcement strikes chord with Iowa crowd Rep. Michele Bachmann formally launched her bid today in her Iowa birthplace, after first making her intentions clear at a debate earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/bachmann-official-announcement?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:38:17 -0500 Bachmann's candidacy seen as a boon for Obama, Romney Moderate Republicans and Barack Obama supporters believe Michele Bachmann, who's making her candidacy official Monday, would perform weakly in the general election, a political expert says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/bachmann-iowa-announcement?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty, Bachmann court conservatives at blogger convention Minnesota's two presidential candidates spoke Saturday at the national RightOnline convention in Minneapolis, with both former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann calling for deep cuts in government spending. Pawlenty, who spoke Saturday afternoon, touted his tax cutting credentials as Minnesota governor. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/06/bachmann_pawlen.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 18 Jun 2011 18:36:28 -0500 Michele Bachmann: From home-schooling mom to tea party rock star In a little more than a decade, Michele Bachmann has risen from a suburban Twin Cities state lawmaker to a nationally known spokeswoman for conservative causes who has proven capable of raising huge amounts of campaign cash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/michele-bachmann-profile?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:36:09 -0500 At NH debate, Bachmann and Pawlenty compete for spotlight Minnesota's two Republican presidential candidates spent more time criticizing President Obama during a GOP debate Monday night than they did going after their rivals for their party's nomination. Michele Bachmann captured some of the limelight when she formally announced her intention to run for the White House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/bachmann-pawlenty-gop-debate?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 01:07:24 -0500 Candidates prepare for New Hampshire debate Two Minnesota Republicans -- former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann -- are among seven GOP presidential candidates participating in a debate Monday evening in New Hampshire. MPR reporter Mark Zdechlik talked with Tom Crann about preparations for the debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/gop-debate-preview?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:06:30 -0500 Bachmann, Pawlenty are two sides of the conservative coin As the former Minnesota governor and current 6th District congresswoman take the stage for tonight's CNN debate, the two will have to take different routes to the nomination: Pawlenty wooing traditional Republicans while Bachmann firing up the grassroots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/gop-debates?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty's economy plan emphasizes tax cuts, regulation changes Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty today called for big business and personal income taxes cuts as well as sweeping changes to federal regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/pawlenty-chicago-economy-speech?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 15:00:57 -0500 Bachmann: GOP race can handle me and Palin Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination, says she thinks the race can accommodate both her and Sarah Palin. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/palin_heads_tow.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 07:03:03 -0500 Bachmann rallies support in key state of New Hampshire Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is not a formally declared Republican candidate for president, yet. But she spent Memorial Day honoring veterans and speaking to potential supporters in New Hampshire, a key state for presidential hopefuls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/30/bachmann-newhampshire?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2011 16:11:45 -0500 Bachmann appearance in New Hampshire to honor veterans On the heels of her trip to Iowa last week, Minnesota Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann is in New Hampshire for a Memorial Day appearance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/30/zdechlik?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2011 09:11:30 -0500 Bachmann spending Memorial Day in N.H., Pawlenty in Iowa Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is speaking this Memorial Day at a joint county GOP picnic in Dover, N.H. Bachmann arrived in the Granite State Sunday evening and met privately with a relatively small group of Republicans at a home in Dover which is northeast of Manchester. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/bachmann_back_i.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2011 08:13:26 -0500 Bachmann will make it official -- one way or the other -- in June Republican Michele Bachmann of Minnesota's 6th District has said she is considering a run for president. She canceled an appearance in Des Moines, Iowa, last night, to remain in Washington for several floor votes. But she spoke to supporters there via video, and said she will make her intentions clear next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/bachmannplans?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 20:13:54 -0500 Pawlenty, Bachmann already appeal to some Iowa voters In Guthrie Center, Republican voters are most concerned about the federal debt and government spending. And finding someone to replace President Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/iowa-republicans?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty announces 2012 bid, faces tough road to White House With the Iowa State Capitol building behind him, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty launched his campaign for the White House on Monday before an audience of a couple hundred supporters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/pawlenty-presidential-announcement?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 14:55:18 -0500 In Iowa speech, Pawlenty officially announces presidential run Republican Tim Pawlenty on Monday pledged to be a president who levels with the American people and accused President Barack Obama of doing just the opposite as the former Minnesota governor launched his candidacy for the GOP nomination in a pivotal state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/22/tim-pawlenty-announces-presidential-campaign?refid=0 Sun, 22 May 2011 20:26:11 -0500 Pawlenty plans Monday announcement of 2012 bid A campaign staffer told MPR News that former Gov. Tim Pawlenty will announce his official bid for the presidency on Monday morning in Des Moines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/pawlenty-presidential-bid-announcement?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 09:40:00 -0500 With Mpls. fundraiser tonight, Pawlenty's campaign enters crucial phase Political observers say the ex-governor's fundraising success between now and the end of June is critical to his presidential ambitions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/pawlenty-fundraising?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 15:53:25 -0500 GOP's Severson faces tough task in challenge of Klobuchar But even some Republicans say Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be hard to beat, given her standing in the polls and her fundraising ability. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/severson-klobuchar?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 06:03:14 -0500 Rybak, Coleman take different paths on Vikings stadium The mayors of Minnesota's two largest cities are taking dramatically different approaches to the debate over a new Vikings football stadium. And for both men, the idea of funneling taxpayer money to a professional sports team comes with considerable political risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/14/twin-cities-mayors-stadium-reax?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 A surprisingly early emphasis for Pawlenty campaign: foreign policy As he explores a run for president, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been a frequent critic of President Obama's foreign policy. Pawlenty has accused Obama of projecting weakness and subordinating U.S. interests to outside organizations, including the United Nations and the Arab League. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/pawlenty-foreign-policy?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty scores some points in first GOP debate He offered the president a little praise before going after his record on both foreign and domestic policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/pawlenty-debate?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 01:12:38 -0500 S.C. debate could be a turning point for Pawlenty With several of the big-name likely candidates sitting it out, analysts say the forum could be a good opportunity for Pawlenty to boost his national profile and his standing in the South. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/pawlenty-debate?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Jeb Bush tutors Minn. lawmakers in Florida education reforms Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was at the Minnesota Capitol Tuesday talking education reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/jeb-bush?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:37:23 -0500 Dayton, GOP leaders remain split on budget solutions With four weeks to go before the Minnesota Legislature is set to adjourn, the DFL governor and the Republican leaders of House and Senate remain divided over how to address the $5 billion projected budget shortfall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/gop-flyaround?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:09:07 -0500 Pawlenty campaign efforts not showing up in polling He's been making speeches, raising money and doling out campaign contributions across the nation, but all that activity has yet to make a dent in the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/22/pawlenty-poll-numbers?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 With help from Minn. DFL, Dems dog Pawlenty at public events Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be in Boston Friday to speak at a tea party-sponsored "tax day" rally. Massachusetts Democrats held a news conference Thursday to make the case that Pawlenty is not the tax cutter he claims to be. Democrats in Minnesota are helping in the effort to respond to Pawlenty's claims as he campaigns for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/pawlenty-democrats?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:27:58 -0500 For GOP, a Bachmann White House run could be a boon and bust Michele Bachmann electrifies the party base, but to win the White House, Republicans also have to appeal to independent voters, whom Bachmann could alienate with her partisan rhetoric. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/bachmann-2012?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Bachmann raises more than $2 million in 1Q U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has raised $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2011, according to her chief of staff. Bachmann is considering a run for president in 2012. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/04/bachmann_raises_2.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 12:46:11 -0500 Pawlenty faces his first big test: fundraising His first quarter of reported fundraising may determine how successful his bid for the presidency will be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/pawlenty-fundraising?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty picks national fundraising team A mix of old Minnesota hands and well-connected Republican fundraisers elsewhere will lead former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's hunt for money toward a near-certain presidential run. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/03/pawlenty_to_unv.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 08:47:06 -0500 Pawlenty forms presidential exploratory committee The committee will allow Pawlenty, a Republican, to raise and spend money as he moves toward a formal campaign announcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/pawlenty-announcement?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:02:59 -0500 Dayton teams up with Bachmann on new St. Croix bridge Gov. Mark Dayton lent his support Friday to a proposal by Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to move forward on construction of a new bridge over the St. Croix River, despite objections from environmentalists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/dayton-bachmann-stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:49:19 -0500 Pawlenty's drawl takes Minnesotans by surprise On a trip to Iowa last week, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty attracted attention not for his policy positions, but for the way he was speaking. Many people thought they heard him using a southern accent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/pawlenty-southern-drawl?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:00:00 -0500 Bachmann charms New Hampshire GOP Most of New Hampshire's GOP faithful have heard of Rep. Michele Bachmann, but last weekend was the first time they got a chance at an up close look. And most said they liked what they saw. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/bachmann-new-hampshire?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Reporter Mark Zdechlik in New Hampshire with Bachmann, Pawlenty Reporter Mark Zdechlik is in New Hampshire following two potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates -- former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/zdechlik-new-hampshire-pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 20:28:57 -0600 Despite low polls, Pawlenty's political team turns insider heads While he's not climbing much in public opinion polls, a lot of Washington insiders consider Tim Pawlenty a top contender for next year's GOP nomination. Part of the reason for that may be the team he's been quietly assembling to help him run for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/tim-pawlenty-political-team?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 2012 hopefuls, Pawlenty included, woo Iowan social conservatives Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be back to Iowa Monday for what's called a "presidential forum" sponsored by a group called the "Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/iowa-social-conservatives?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Immigration officials announce new gang arrests More than 600 gang members have been arrested in the last three months in what Immigration and Customs Enforcement calls its biggest gang roundup since 2005. Two of those arrests were in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/gang-arrests-minn?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 17:40:50 -0600 Plenty of 2012 would-bes, but no GOP front-runners, yet A lot of possible GOP presidential contenders are acting like candidates, including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, but so far no high profile Republicans have announced they're running. Some analysts say the party is having an unusually difficult time getting behind a candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/25/gop-presidential-prospects-tim-pawlenty-michele-bachmann?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Franken hopeful that govt shutdown can be avoided Congress faces a deadline next Friday for sending President Barack Obama legislation to keep the government running. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/franken-government-shutdown?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:05:49 -0600 Swing district voters weigh in on Dayton's budget Minnesotans have had some time to think about Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal, which would rely in part on higher taxes for the state's wealthiest residents to erase a projected $6.2 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/budget-anoka-reaction?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:29:12 -0600 Budget solutions unlikely to increase employment Given the size of the budget shortfall, however, any solution to the deficit is likely to painful. And economists say the available options --cutting spending or raising taxes - likely will cost jobs, not create them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/state-budget-job-creation?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 CPAC straw poll will show Pawlenty, Bachmann's standings The Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, wraps up Saturday in Washington with the release of a presidential preference straw poll Saturday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/12/pawlenty-bachmann-cpac-straw-poll?refid=0 Sat, 12 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty: Obama projecting weakness to world Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says bullies and world leaders respect strength, not weakness, and President Barack Obama needs to stop apologizing to the nation's enemies. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/02/at_cpac_pawlent.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 15:02:59 -0600 Bachmann urges conservatives to unite against Democrats Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference with a fiery speech Thursday morning that was heavy on criticism of President Obama and congressional Democrats. She urged conservatives to work together to defeat Obama in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/bachmann-cpac?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:42:37 -0600 Fundraising an early campaign test for Pawlenty Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is expected to formally launch a presidential campaign in the next few months, has long made the case that a White House bid could be challenging because he lacks the fame and money of other presidential hopefuls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/01/tim-pawlenty?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Metrodome chief: New stadium plan needs action soon Ted Mondale is making his state Capitol debut as Gov. Mark Dayton's point man on the push for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/mondale-to-make-capitol-debut-as-stadium-point-man?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:13:33 -0600 Pawlenty continues book tour in New Hampshire, Iowa Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be back in New Hampshire and Iowa this week as part of his month-long tour to promote his book. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/pawlenty-tour?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 07:43:37 -0600 More eyes on Bachmann's next visit to Iowa When U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks Friday, Jan. 21 at an Iowans for Tax Relief fundraiser in Des Moines, her appearance will garner even more attention than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/17/bachmann-iowa-visit?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty memoir highlights faith, blue-collar upbringing Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's new memoir, "Courage to Stand: an American Story," chronicles his rise to the governor's office, and his battles with Democrats over taxes and spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/06/tim-pawlenty-memoir-courage-to-stand?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 18:36:34 -0600 Rep. Bachmann 'not ruling out' bid for president Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is not denying that she's considering a run for president in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/05/bachmann-president?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:30:16 -0600 Pawlenty embarks on new phase of political career In less than two weeks, Tim Pawlenty embarks on a national tour to promote his new book, "Courage to Stand." Some observers say the tour fits right in with a 2012 presidential campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/03/tim-pawlenty-political-future-book-tour?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton names heads of education, health depts., MPCA Gov.-elect Mark Dayton on Friday appointed three people to head the state's education, health and pollution-control agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/31/dayton-education-commissioner?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2010 09:31:41 -0600 Twins Fest to be held at Sports Center in Blaine The Minnesota Twins have decided to move next month's Twins Fest charity fundraiser to the National Sports Center in Blaine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/twins-fest-new-location?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 15:37:02 -0600 Mpls Convention Center working to host Dome events Meet Minneapolis -- the group that books the Minneapolis Convention Center -- says it will do whatever it can to accommodate events that can no longer take place in the collapsed Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/minneapolis-convention-center-collapsed-metrodome?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:29:20 -0600 Dayton will cap inaugural week at blue jeans ball Hoping to project a get-to-work image, Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has scheduled a series of inaugural events that will conclude with a ball where blue jeans are encouraged. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/27/dayton-inaugural-events?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:59:17 -0600 A polarized Minnesota could see more tight election races Minnesotans have lived through two statewide recounts the past two elections, and political analysts say they should expect more tight races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/27/close-elections?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 2010 05:55:20 -0600 Census: Minnesota to keep 8 seats in US House The 2010 Census reports Tuesday that Minnesota's population is up 7.4 percent over the 4.9 million Minnesotans counted 10 years ago. That's slower than the nation as a whole, which grew 9.7 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/census-minnesota-seats-retain?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:41:37 -0600 Ritchie signs Dayton's election certificate Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie signed Democrat Mark Dayton's election certificate Thursday morning, formally certifying Dayton as the winner of the 2010 governor's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/ritchie-signs-dayton-election-certificate?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:17:51 -0600 Canvassing Board meeting to rule on final challenged ballots The State Canvassing Board will begin determining the fate of contested ballots today in the recount of the gubernatorial election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/recount-canvassing-board?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 06:09:48 -0600 Emmer withdraws most ballot challenges in Minn. governor's race A small fraction of the ballots Republican Tom Emmer's campaign challenged in the Minnesota governor's race recount will go before a state board charged with declaring a winner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/emmer-withdraws-challenges?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 13:10:51 -0600 Hennepin County hoping to wrap up recount today Hennepin County Election officials say they hope to wrap up their part of the governor's race recount Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/03/hennepin-county-recount?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 09:57:10 -0600 Frivolous ballots in the spotlight As the hand recount continues in the Minnesota governor's race, the State Canvassing Board plans to meet Friday afternoon to talk about thousands of ballot challenges local officials have determined to be frivolous. The vast majority of the "frivolous" challenges have come from the Republican side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/recount-frivolous-ballots?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:42:53 -0600 Tensions mount on day 3 of gubernatorial recount Republicans slammed Hennepin County's top election official for wanting to add more counting tables. Election officials say the tables are necessary to keep the recount from bogging down with frivolous ballot challenges from the Emmer side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/emmer-dayton-recount-day-3?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 15:27:18 -0600 Emmer's camp steps up ballot challenges on day 2 of recount The recount in the governor's race entered its second day today, and in some places local election officials found increasing objections to their ballot calls from Republican Tom Emmer's side. That's especially the case in Hennepin County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/recount-day-2?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:12:59 -0600 Emmer observers make more ballot challenges There are more ballots to count in Hennepin County than any other Minnesota county, almost a half million and the lower level of the government center was bustling with activity even before the first ballot boxes were opened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/recount-day-one-ballot-challenges-mark-dayton-tom-emmer?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 16:58:20 -0600 Recount redux: Ballot review begins across the state today The recount of more than 2.1 million ballots in the Minnesota governor's race begins today, as officials in all 87 counties set up to go through every ballot cast in the Nov. 2 election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/28/recount-begins-preview?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 New rules should accelerate gubernatorial recount Local election officials now have the power to dismiss some ballot challenges they think are frivolous. And, as one election official notes, "after 2008, we know how to do it." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/emmer-dayton-minnesota-recount?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton hires Franken's recount attorney Marc Elias Democrat Mark Dayton announced Friday that he has hired the attorney who led Al Franken's successful recount fight to help in the gubernatorial recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/dayton-hires-elias?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 15:48:19 -0600 How Minnesota might be affected by a ban on earmarks Like every other state Minnesota has a lot of projects that were funded with earmarks. And, many had bipartisan support from members of Minnesota's congressional delegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/republicans-earmarks-legislature?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Length of likely recount depends on GOP's legal plans Democrat Mark Dayton will likely come out ahead of the recount retaining a several thousand vote lead, but the process will drag on into next year if Republican Tom Emmer and the GOP file a lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/recount-length?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:54:51 -0600 GOP chair: 'We're going to put the heat on' Some players in the eight-month-long 2008 Senate recount are saying the likely gubernatorial recount should go more quickly, but hopes of keeping partisanship out of the process seem dim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/recount-update-sutton-emmer-dayton?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:08:39 -0500 MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik on the race for governor Mark Zdechlik helps explain how the Dayton and Emmer campaigns are positioning themselves at this point. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/zdechlik-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 18:29:58 -0500 Emmer, Dayton and Horner make last pitch across Minn. The three major party candidates for governor are traveling the state Monday making one final pitch to voters before Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/emmer-dayton-horner-last-pitch?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 16:00:53 -0500 MPR News-Humphrey Institute poll: Voters torn between smaller government, higher taxes More than half of Minnesotans prefer a smaller government with fewer services, but two-thirds think higher taxes are needed right now to balance the state budget, according to the latest Minnesota Public Radio News-Humphrey Institute poll. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/mpr-hhh-voters-poll?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Horner hopes third-party risk pays off Election Day In the second part of a series on the major-party candidates for governor, we profile the IP's Tom Horner, who quit his business to run a shoe-string campaign. With the election approaching quickly, it appears his risky move may not pay off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/horner-profile?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:36:45 -0500 MPR-Humphrey Poll: Dayton has 12-point lead over Emmer A new Minnesota Public Radio News-Humphrey Institute poll shows Democratic candidate Mark Dayton with a 12-point lead over Republican candidate Tom Emmer in the race for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/mpr-hhh-governor-poll?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Horner picks up support from Democrat Mike Ciresi Longtime Democrat Mike Ciresi is endorsing Independence Party candidate Tom Horner for governor. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/10/horner_picks_up.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:09:10 -0500 At rally, Romney praises Emmer's plan on taxes, jobs In Bloomington Monday night, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criticized the Obama administration's agenda and the Democratic leaders of Congress, and accused liberals of trying to smother the American pioneer spirit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/romney-emmer?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 05:56:38 -0500 Debate overload? Gov. candidates will spar 25 times by Election Day One national political analyst notes that there have been more gubernatorial debates in Minnesota this year than in all the other states combined. The three meet for another debate today at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/governor-candidates-debates?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 MN GOP calls for Dayton to release details of settlement with former staffer Seven years ago former staffer Brad Hanson said Dayton fired him after he told Dayton he needed heart surgery. Hanson sued, and Dayton settled with Hanson in February of 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/11/dayton-former-staffer-settlement?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:08:58 -0500 Horner's tax plan typical in most of U.S. If Independence Party candidate Tom Horner becomes Minnesota's next governor and is able to convince the state Legislature his sales tax plan is the way to go, you could end up paying tax on many things that have never before been taxed in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/horner-sales-tax-proposals?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Horner: Campaign more than half-way toward $2.5M goal Independence Party candidate for governor Tom Horner says he has raised more than half of the $2.5 million he said his campaign would need to be successful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/horner-midday?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 13:17:00 -0500 MPR-Humphrey Poll: Voters say economy is issue No. 1 The latest MPR News-Humphrey Institute poll shows the tough economy is hitting Minnesotans hard and has changed the way many spend money. The poll shows that 94 percent of likely voters think the nation's economy is in fair or poor condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/mpr-hhh-poll-economy?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 21:15:00 -0500 MPR-Humphrey Poll: Obama could struggle in MN in 2012 Republicans could pose a serious challenge to President Barack Obama in Minnesota in 2012, suggests a new MPR News-Humphrey Institute poll. But it depends on the type of candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/mpr-hhh-poll-obama-presidential-race?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 MPR-Humphrey poll: Dayton has significant lead over Emmer A new Minnesota Public Radio News-Humphrey Institute poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton with a significant and growing lead over Republican Tom Emmer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/mpr-hhh-poll-dayton-leads-emmer?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Can Horner win? DFL, GOP opponents are acting like it Tom Horner's Independence Party campaign for governor has been riding high in recent weeks as more Minnesotans learn about him through a series of gubernatorial debates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/27/can-tom-horner-win?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Cutting cost increases focus of health care debate in Brainerd The three major party candidates for governor were in Brainerd today for a debate about health care issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/debate-health-care?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:13:34 -0500 In Asia, Pawlenty ends final trade mission as governor Governor Tim Pawlenty will be back in Minnesota this weekend after a 10-day trade mission to China and Japan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/pawlenty-asia?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:02:01 -0500 Horner pitches jobs plan to business group Horner's proposal included phasing out the corporate tax, enacting a $400 million bonding bill and spending more on education. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/09/horner_pitches.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 12:19:39 -0500 Clark, Bachmann in attack mode in new ads Sixth District DFL congressional candidate Tarryl Clark released a TV ad Wednesday calling on Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann to cut her salary 5 percent until Congress balances the federal budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/calrk-bachmann-ads?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 12:58:09 -0500 Walz fights anti-incumbent sentiment in 1st District Local Republicans hope anti-incumbent sentiments will help them defeat 1st District Rep. Tim Walz. With the polls showing voters angry with Democrats and their stewardship of national priorities, Republicans think the tables could be turning in their favor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/walz-demmer-1st-district-race?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Elicerio takes over Minn.'s Red Bulls The Minnesota National Guard today announced that Brigadier General David Elicerio will take command of its 34th Red Bull Infantry division. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/elicerio?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:51:43 -0500 MPR News/Humphrey Institute poll: Voters poised for backlash against incumbents The latest MPR News/Humphrey Institute poll shows that unhappiness with national Democrats who control the White House and Congress is hurting Democrats and helping Republicans in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/mpr-humphrey-poll-voter-sentiment?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 MPR News/Humphrey Institute poll: Voters disapprove of Pawlenty's political travels Gov. Tim Pawlenty is widely believed to be laying the foundation of a campaign for president in 2012. According to the latest Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll, 54 percent of likely Minnesota voters disapprove of Pawlenty's numerous campaign swings outside of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/mpr-humphrey-poll-pawlenty-campaigning?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 MPR News-Humphrey Institute poll: Dayton, Emmer deadlocked A new MPR News/Humphrey Institute poll shows Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer running neck and neck in the 2010 race for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/mpr-humphrey-poll-dayton-emmer-deadlock?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Gubernatorial candidates talk bonding bills at debate The three candidates for governor debated again on Wednesday in Brooklyn Park, this time on transportation issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/transportation-debate?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:38:58 -0500 Horner targeted by opponents in gov debate A day after announcing he would address Minnesota's $5.8 million budget shortfall by combining spending cuts with expanded sales taxes and higher taxes on alcohol and tobacco, Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner became a clearer target for his opponents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/gov-debate?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 16:53:29 -0500 Horner outlines budget plan: Taxes, cuts, delays Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner has unveiled his financial blueprint to address Minnesota's $5.8 billion projected budget shortfall. He would lower, but expand the sales tax, and raising taxes on alcohol and tobacco. He would also freeze state hiring and cut $2.5 billion in spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/horner-budget-plan?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 18:38:29 -0500 Horner releases first TV ad, makes 'eyes' at voters Tom Horner's Independence Party campaign for governor is hoping quirky new TV ads will capture voters' attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/horner-tv-ad?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 16:39:53 -0500 Republicans prepare to battle Dayton in gov race The state's Republican Party kicked off the first day of the general election campaign for governor Wednesday by announcing plans to air a TV ad attacking DFL nominee Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/republicans-dayton?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 19:08:25 -0500 IP candidates Hahn, Horner debate on eve of primary Although the DFL primary will be the most closely watched gubernatorial race Tuesday, two Independence Party candidates are engaged in a spirited race of their own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/ip-debate?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:39:08 -0500 Pawlenty's latest Iowa swing increases profile, spreads message Gov. Tim Pawlenty wraps up a string of fundraisers in Iowa on Monday with a morning speech to Republicans in Davenport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/01/pawlenty-iowa?refid=0 Sun, 01 Aug 2010 22:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty talks with voters in Iowa for third time Governor Tim Pawlenty is busy this weekend campaigning for local politicians in eastern Iowa. This is Pawlenty's third trip to Iowa since he announced he would not seek reelection as Minnesota governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/01/pawlenty-in-iowa?refid=0 Sun, 01 Aug 2010 10:39:50 -0500 Dayton hopes 'tax the rich' policy will bring him through primary DFL candidate and former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton is hoping his 'tax the rich' message will set him apart from his rivals and propel him to the governor's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/27/dayton-profile?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 IP gubernatorial candidates talk taxes during debate An Independence Party gubernatorial debate between endorsed candidate Tom Horner and challenger Rob Hahn on MPR's Midmorning program Monday turned out to be an hour-long battle over tax policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/horner-hahn-debate?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 15:39:29 -0500 Bachmann gathers Tea Party Caucus for first time Today in Washington, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann holds the first meeting of her new Tea Party Caucus. Bachmann says she hopes to use the caucus to educate members of Congress about the tea party movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/bachmann-tea-party-caucus?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Bachmann to create "tea party" caucus A U.S. House Committee has given Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann the go ahead to form a House "tea party" caucus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/bachmann-to-create-tea-party-caucus?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 15:05:05 -0500 Pawlenty's PAC raises $723K, trails other likely presidential candidates Gov. Tim Pawlenty's federal political action committee raised $723,000 between April and June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/15/pawlenty-pac-raises-723501-in-2nd-qtr?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 08:48:52 -0500 Pawlenty returns to NH for 3rd trip in 7 months Gov. Tim Pawlenty spent part of his weekend politicking in New Hampshire, again raising speculation that he's going to run for president in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/10/pawlenty-new-hampshire?refid=0 Sat, 10 Jul 2010 14:33:29 -0500 Pawlenty heads to East Coast for business, politics Pawlenty will attend National Governor's Association meetings in Boston, and Saturday he will be back in the key presidential state of New Hampshire for a fundraiser and to speak at a county Republican picnic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/tim-pawlenty-new-hampshire?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Franken visits Laos to see repatriated Hmong refugees Senator Al Franken is in Southeast Asia where he said Laotian officials prevented him from seeing first-hand how 4,500 forcibly-repatriated Hmong refugees there are living. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/franken-in-laos?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 11:39:02 -0500 Looking back at Franken's first year as senator One year ago, Democrat Al Franken was finally sworn in as Minnesota's newest U.S. Senator after a nine-month long recount and legal battle. The Minnesota Supreme Court determined Franken defeated Republican Senator Norm Coleman by just 312 votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/02/franken-year-one?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Franken, Klobuchar, take their turns at Kagan hearing Klobuchar questioned Kagan on how her professional experiences might influence her on the high court, while Franken focused on judicial activism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/klobuchar-franken-kagan?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 15:06:04 -0500 Franken and Klobuchar weigh in on Obama nominee Both of Minnesota's U.S. Senators will take part in confirmation hearings that begin Monday over President Obama's second Supreme Court nominee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/27/kagan-hearings-franken-klobuchar?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jun 2010 13:38:17 -0500 Klobuchar: BP needs to pay for Minn. wildlife threatened by oil U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar met Friday with Twin Cities wildlife experts to talk about ways to try to protect migratory waterfowl from the gulf oil spill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/klobuchar-oil?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:11:33 -0500 IP's Anderson wages low-budget campaign for big impact in 6th District Bob Anderson, the Independence Party-endorsed candidate for Minnesota's 6th District, could have a big impact on a race that most believe he has little chance of winning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/ip-candidate-6cd?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 National Dems highlight Bachmann race in Minn. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced today that it has added state Sen. Tarryl Clark to what it calls its "Red to Blue" program. The committee helps Democratic challengers in U.S. House races raise money through its website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/6th-district-race?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 10:48:24 -0500 Pawlenty reaches out to new audience on 'The Daily Show' Gov. Tim Pawlenty is getting good reviews for his appearance on "The Daily Show" last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/pawlenty-daily-show?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 06:54:08 -0500 Clark sets full attention on unseating Bachmann After her only primary challenger dropped out this week, Tarryl Clark is turning her full attention toward her ultimate target in the 6th district congressional race: Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/clark-bachmann?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 12:45:07 -0500 After they're picked, most lt. gov. candidates have little influence on voters Once they're elected, most lieutenant governors tend to fade into the background. And at least recently, it's rare that a lieutenant ever becomes governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/lieutenant-governor-candidates?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Rep. Michele Bachmann files re-election papers Sixth District Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann officially filed for re-election today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/bachmann-files?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 12:07:33 -0500 MPR News/Humphrey Institute poll: No public funds for Vikes stadium The latest Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll found strong opposition to using taxpayer money for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The poll also shows a majority of Minnesotans disapprove of the way lawmakers are handling their job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/pollpart3?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 04:00:00 -0500 MPR-Humphrey Institute poll: Most Minnesotans distrust federal gov't A large majority of Minnesotans lack trust in the federal government and more than half would prefer a smaller government with fewer services, according to the latest Minnesota Public Radio News-Humphrey Institute poll. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/mpr-humphrey-poll-distrust-government?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 MPR-Humphrey Institute poll: Dayton leads DFL race for governor A new Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll shows former Sen. Mark Dayton with a comfortable lead over the other two candidates competing in the DFL gubernatorial primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/mpr-humphrey-poll-dayton-leads?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 04:59:00 -0500 Away from the Capitol, frustration with lawmakers evident This unscientific sample of Minnesotans at the Mall of America found different approaches to dealing with the budget shortfall, but unanimous discontent that the governor and lawmakers are having such a hard time getting their jobs done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/budget-frustration?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Tax increase would affect 7 percent of small business owners There are about a half-million businesses in Minnesota from which income passes through to the owner's personal taxes. About 7 percent of these would be affected by a proposed new tax bracket, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/tax-small-businesses?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Franken proposes bill to protect investors U.S. Sen. Al Franken is pushing legislation that he says would reduce conflicts of interest between securities issuers and credit rating companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/franken-conflictbill?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 15:39:22 -0500 Independence Party picks PR exec Horner for gov Former Republican Tom Horner is the Independence Party's endorsed candidate for governor. Horner beat out four other candidates at the IP state convention Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/08/horner-ipendorse?refid=0 Sat, 08 May 2010 17:27:20 -0500 Independence Party aims for middle ground in governor's race Independence Party leaders say Emmer and Kelliher represent the far-right and far-left ends of the political spectrum, leaving the middle wide open for them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/independence-party-preview?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 GOP convention delegates weigh tea party's impact Both Reps. Tom Emmer and Marty Seifert claim substantial tea party support in their bid for the GOP endorsement for governor. But until late Thursday afternoon neither had the formal backing of any national tea party favorites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/republican-tea-party-convention?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Demmer wins GOP endorsement in 1st District Republican party leaders in southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District have endorsed State Rep. Randy Demmer to run against DFL incumbent Rep. Tim Walz. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/17/1stdistrict-endorse?refid=0 Sat, 17 Apr 2010 16:55:28 -0500 Republicans battle each other for chance to unseat Rep. Walz Republicans in southern Minnesota think they have a good chance of returning Minnesota's 1st District seat to the GOP. Republican delegates meet in Mankato Saturday to endorse a candidate to run against Democratic Rep. Tim Walz. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/15/walz-challengers?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Thousands turn out for Palin-Bachmann rally Several thousand people packed the Minneapolis Convention Center today see former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's rally for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and the Minnesota Republican Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/palin-rally?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 14:39:43 -0500 Thousands stream in to Palin rally The former Alaska governor will attend a Minneapolis rally and fundraiser today to benefit U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and the Minnesota Republican Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/bachmann-palin?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Six dead in Minneapolis fire A fire swept through a two-story Minneapolis building that housed several apartments and an Irish pub Friday, killing six people - including three children - who friends and family feared were a bartender and several of his girlfriend's relatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/02/pub-fire?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 12:15:53 -0500 Sen. Klobuchar introducing legislation to protect file sharers DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Congress needs to bolster consumer protections when it comes to computer file sharing networks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/klobuchar-file-sharing?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:27:30 -0500 Pawlenty receives warm welcome from Manchester GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty addressed the Manchester Republican Committee's Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Thursday night in New Hampshire, sounding most of the same themes he hit during a trip to the "granite state" late last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/pawlenty-machester-nh?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 06:28:09 -0500 Speech puts Pawlenty back in front of N.H. Republicans Three months after an appearance in Concord, Gov. Tim Pawlenty is once again back in New Hampshire Thursday, addressing Republican activists, this time in Manchester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/pawlenty-new-hampshire-folo?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 13:06:05 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty in New Hampshire again Gov. Tim Pawlenty is back in the critical presidential battleground state of New Hampshire today. He's talking with students there this afternoon and then he'll headline a dinner this evening in Manchester. It's his second trip to the state since he announced he won't run for a third term as governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/newhampshire?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 08:44:29 -0500 New Hamsphire beckons again for Minn.'s Pawlenty Tim Pawlenty's long introduction to key Republican audiences is bringing the departing Minnesota governor back to New Hampshire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/pawlenty-new-hampshire?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 06:05:27 -0500 Judicial election reform opponents speak at Capitol Some tea party activists are speaking out against a move in the Minnesota Legislature to put an end to contested judicial elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/teaparty-judges?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 14:42:59 -0500 How tea party politics might play out in Minnesota Minnesota "Tea Party Patriots" plan a rally Saturday outside the State Capitol to protest federal health care reform. There's some debate over how the tea party movement will influence the political debate in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/teaparty-minn?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. on track to meet weatherization goals The Minnesota Department of Commerce says through last month, 2,693 homes in Minnesota had been weatherized with federal stimulus money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/weatherize-money?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 13:40:44 -0600 Faribault manufacturing company gets gov't help to expand The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $72 million loan guarantee to help Faribault, Minnesota-based SAGE Electrochromics build a new manufacturing facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/faribault-company-gets-loan-guarantee?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 16:11:04 -0600 Bachmann in demand, opponents criticize her travels Rep. Michele Bachmann has only been a member of Congress for three and a half years, but in that short time she's become a national hero among many conservatives and a lightening rod for bitter condemnation among many liberals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/michele-bachmann?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Dean Barkley urging 'Tea Party' activists to join Independence Party One of the founders of Minnesota's Independence Party is urging so-called "tea party activists to join the Independence Party, and change its name to the Tea Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/24/barkley-tea-party?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 08:36:51 -0600 Stimulus plan is one year old; how has Minnesota fared? It's been a year since Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was designed to bolster the weak economy. Minnesota's share of stimulus money was about $5 billion. We look at what we have to show for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/stimulus-oneyear?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Red Bulls: Beyond Deployment More than 1,200 soldiers from Minnesota's 34th Infantry Division National Guard brigade are returning home. MPR looks at what happens after the welcome back ceremonies are over. /projects/2010/02/beyond-deployment/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 10:28:50 -0600 Welcome home Red Bulls -- for now More than a thousand members of the Minnesota National Guard's Red Bull Brigade are back home after nearly a year in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/welcome-home-red-bulls?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 No shortage of recruits The Minnesota National Guard isn't having any trouble recruiting, even though signing up means almost certain combat deployment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/minnesota-guard-recruiting?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Health care debate: Views from Minnesota With the loss of the Senate's filibuster-proof majority as a result of the Senate race in Massachusetts, Minnesota observers assess whether the health care bill has gone from a sure thing to dead on arrival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/healthcare-localreax?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 16:44:35 -0600 Sarah Palin slated to campaign for Rep. Bachmann Former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is coming to Minnesota to campaign for 6th District Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/palin-bachmann?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:22:49 -0600 Seward shooting suspects charged with murder First-degree murder charges were filed Thursday against two 17-year-old males in the shooting at a Minneapolis corner market that left three men dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/charges-filed?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 13:11:15 -0600 Minn. groups assess damage in Haiti, look for ways to help Minnesota groups that provide aid to Haiti were trying to assess the damage, a day after a powerful earthquake shook the country's capital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/minnesota-groups-seeking-information?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:00:50 -0600 Klobuchar defends Senate leader Reid Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is defending Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid against Republican calls for Reid to step down because of controversial remarks he made about Barack Obama before Obama was elected president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/klobuchar-reid?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:45:08 -0600 Police call on Somali community to help solve shooting A vigil will be held this evening in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, 24 hours after East African immigrants were gunned down at a corner market. Police say they're looking for "cold-blooded killers" and they say they believe their suspects are also Somali. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/07/police-call-for-help-after-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 11:53:02 -0600 2010 means new year for political fundraising The Minnesota DFL and Republican parties tell different stories when it comes their 2009 fundraising. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/01/political-funds?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jan 2010 17:19:27 -0600 Franken and Coleman top fundraising for Senate races Newly released numbers from the Federal Election Commission show Al Franken and Norm Coleman raised more money than any other U.S. Senate candidates in the last election cycle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/29/senate-fundraising?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 16:09:02 -0600 Security lines running smoothly at MSP airport Security has been tightened at the Twin Cities airport but most long lines are due to normal holiday crowds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/airport-security-unchanged?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 11:12:19 -0600 One year in, Minnesota Dems weigh in on Obama As Barack Obama wraps up his first year as president, some Minnesotans are happy with his foreign policy, but hesitant to embrace his domestic efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/26/obama?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Race is on for $2 million in green energy grant money Friday is the deadline for businesses to apply for stimulus-funded grants designed to spur job creation and the development of green energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/17/race-is-on?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Green job training graduates still waiting for work Despite $130 million in federal economic stimulus funding for weatherization in Minnesota, programs that train disadvantaged people for the work say their graduates are not getting hired. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/graduates-of-weatherization-training-programs-without-jobs?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Local retailers hope for brighter shopping season The day after Thanksgiving marks the traditional start of the all-important holiday shopping season. Two huge Minnesota-based retailers -- Target and Best Buy -- are hoping for better business than they saw last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/27/local-retail?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 15:28:56 -0600 Sen. Franken joins other senators in support for public option DFL Sen. Al Franken is among a group of liberal Senators urging that the health care reform bill include a public option. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/franken-public-option?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:52:21 -0600 Klobuchar seeks better pandemic preparations U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the country needs to modernize the production of vaccines and take steps to decrease the nation's dependence on foreign producers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/klobuchar-seeks-better-pandemic-preparations?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:06:47 -0600 Lessons from recount loom large on Election Day A year ago on Election Day, Minnesotans entered what would become the longest recount in state history. Today, election officials are applying lessons from that experience to ensure the process goes smoothly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/election-recount-lessons?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Some stimulus recipients say job numbers don't add up Some Minnesota recipients of federal stimulus money - including business owner JoLynn Johnson, above - say the White House has overstated the number of jobs the program has impacted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/stimulus-jobs-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 15:45:59 -0500 Minn.WorkForce Centers say more funding needed Millions of dollars of federal stimulus money is helping the state provide services to job seekers, but state WorkForce Centers around Minnesota say they need more money to meet the dramatic increase in demand for their help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/job-centers?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 18:00:00 -0500 Minnesota says stimulus supported 11,800 jobs Minnesota has received and spent about one-third of the stimulus money it's expecting from the federal government for state-administered programs, resulting in 11,800 jobs that have been created or saved, the state's budget office said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/minnesota-says-stimulus-supported-11800-jobs?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:00:57 -0500 Stimulus-created job numbers due Saturday Kathy Rodriguez's job as a coordinator of a Meals on Wheels program in St. Paul could be one of the jobs saved by federal stimulus dollars. The state of Minnesota must report by Saturday how many stimulus dollars it spent and how many jobs it saved and created -- something that's sure to draw both fire and praise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/stimulus-jobs-deadline?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Franken measure gives defense contractor workers right to sue U.S. Sen. Al Franken successfully pushed to amend the Defense Appropriations bill today with a measure that would ensure employees of defense contractors can sue their employers over sexual assaults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/defensebill-franken?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 16:17:27 -0500 Rebates available soon for energy-saving home upgrades Another economic stimulus program encouraging Minnesotans to make energy upgrades to their homes takes effect this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/28/energy-saving-rebates?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 06:58:38 -0500 Minnesota leads in stimulus-backed loans for small businesses The Obama administration says more small businesses in Minnesota than in any other state have received special economic stimulus-backed loans to help them survive the economic downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/simulus-loans-business?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:40:48 -0500 Federal delays stall alternative energy projects Another bottleneck in the federal stimulus pipeline is coming to light: bureaucratic delays are tying up payments for small-scale solar and wind energy systems in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/solar-install-delays?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 At state fair, Minnesotans and their senators talk health care Since the state fair gates opened a week and a half ago, Minnesotans have been taking about health care with politicians, but it's in the U.S. Senate where most expect the real battle will be fought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/07/zdechlik-health-care-at-the-fair?refid=0 Mon, 07 Sep 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Most federal weatherization funding in Minn. remains unspent Six months after Congress allocated billions of federal stimulus dollars to weatherize low-income homes and create jobs, much of the money remains unspent in Minnesota and the rest of the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/02/weatherization-update?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 16:59:20 -0500 Franken cancels St. Paul fundraiser Democratic Sen. Al Franken has cancelled a fundraiser that had been planned for tomorrow at a home in St. Paul, after the host's past criminal conviction came to light. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/franken-fundraiser?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:41:29 -0500 Franken vows to fight for public-run health care Sen. Al Franken promised Wednesday to fight for public health insurance, telling advocates he favors a nonprofit, government-run plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/franken-health-care?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:00:38 -0500 Klobuchar urging Minnesotans take advantage of 'clunkers' program DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is urging Minnesotans who can afford to upgrade their cars to take advantage of the "cash for clunkers" program before it expires on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/klobuchar-cash-clunkers?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 14:52:49 -0500 Oddsmakers, apparel marketers saw Favre deal coming On day after quarterback Brett Favre signed with the Minnesota Vikings the team says it's sold thousands of single game and season tickets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/favre-jerseys?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 17:47:49 -0500 What retirement? Favre coming back with Vikings Quarterback Brett Favre is back out of retirement and getting ready for his first game as a Minnesota Viking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/favre-vikings?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:30:41 -0500 Big crowd for Peterson's town hall forum on health care Several hundred people turned out this afternoon in Willmar for a town hall meeting on health care reform, called by 7th District U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson -- and some of them were angry about the plans being debated in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/14/peterson-townhall?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 15:25:42 -0500 Oberstar: 'Administration needs aggressive transportation plan' Minnesota DFL Congressman Jim Oberstar says the economic stimulus bill is living up to its promise of creating and saving jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/oberstar-transportation?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 17:11:24 -0500 Stimulus-funded road projects create few jobs More than $500 million of federal stimulus money in Minnesota will go to road projects over the next two years, but MnDOT estimates of the number of jobs created are less than half of the original estimate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/stimulus-road-construction?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 01:00:00 -0500 Slideshow: Road construction in St. Peter A $14 million road construction project along Minnesota Avenue in St. Peter is just one of many stimulus-funded projects MnDOT has in the works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/slideshow-construction?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 19:27:20 -0500 Group says Minnesota's stimulus spending reporting lags Common Cause Minnesota says the state needs to do a better job of explaining how it's spending its share of the economic stimulus money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/common-cause-stimulus-reporting?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 12:52:05 -0500 Coleman spends $6.3 million since Election Day Fundraising numbers from former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign show Coleman spent more than $6.3 million for his post-election recount battle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/coleman_fundraising?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:09:54 -0500 Franken raises $10 million since November Democrat Al Franken's U.S. Senate campaign raised about $10 million between Election Day last year and the end of June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/franken_fundraising?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 16:44:59 -0500 Franken meets with Supreme Court nominee Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken met Thursday afternoon with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Franken will take part in her confirmation hearings next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/franken_sotomayor?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 12:51:13 -0500 Franken takes oath of office, joins Senate Escorted by former Vice President Walter Mondale and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Democrat Al Franken took the oath of office this morning on the floor of the U.S. Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/franken_sworn_in?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 11:21:34 -0500 Franken in Washington, says he's ready to work Democrat Al Franken has arrived in Washington offering no jokes -- just a promise that he is "ready to get to work." Franken will be sworn in tomorrow as Minnesota's second U.S. senator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/06/franken_washington?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2009 12:49:37 -0500 The campaign, part 2: Coleman announces for re-election In late March 2008, a little more than seven months before the election, Republican Norm Coleman officially kicked off his re-election campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/senatedoc_2?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The campaign, part 3: The final stretch As summer turned to fall and the economy began collapsing, Franken increasingly took advantage of opportunities to talk about middle class economic concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/senatedoc_3?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The recount trial, part 1: Coleman sues As promised, Norm Coleman quickly took the battle to the next level. Surrounded by cheering supporters packed into a State Office building room, Norm Coleman announced he was suing to challenge the outcome of the recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/senatedoc_8?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The election, part 1: Voting day arrives Minnesota voters flocked to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 4, 2008. The outcome of the Senate race ended up being too close to call, but Coleman declared himself the winner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/senatedoc_4?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The campaign, part 1: Franken enters the Senate race Minnesota's 2008 Senate race began taking shape years before Al Franken and Norm Coleman started bombarding the state with tens of millions of dollars of TV ads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/senatedoc_1?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The election, part 3: The recount gets underway Two weeks after the election, the recount finally began. That same day, the Minnesota Supreme Court cleared the way for including wrongly rejected absentee ballots in the recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/senatedoc_6?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The election, part 4: The Canvassing Board reviews the ballots The Canvassing Board was comprised of Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, two district court judges and two Minnesota Supreme Court justices. The judges on the board were well-respected, and politically diverse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/senatedoc_7?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The recount trial, part 3: It's Franken's turn Franken's attorneys blazed through their case in just eight days. They even called on the three-judge panel to dismiss Coleman's lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/senatedoc_10?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The recount trial, part 4: On to the Supreme Court A week later, Coleman filed his appeal with the Minnesota Supreme Court. On June 1, nearly seven months to the day after the electio took place, the Supreme Court convened to hear Coleman's appeal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/senatedoc_11?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The recount trial, part 2: Coleman presents his case The Coleman side spent most of its time before the three-judge panel focusing on absentee ballots. Coleman attorneys called witnesses to testify about the differences in how individual counties treat absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/senatedoc_9?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The election, part 2: Headed for a recount On Nov. 5, the day after the election, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie laid out the recount procedure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/senatedoc_5?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Franken brings 60th vote to Senate Dems Once Al Franken officially becomes a member of the Senate next week, Senate Democrats will hold a powerful majority with 60 votes in its caucus. But that doesn't mean they can ignore the opposition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/franken60?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 16:56:55 -0500 Heading to the Senate, Franken must find his place With the legal battle surrounding Minnesota's Senate race finally over, Democrat Al Franken is headed to Washington to take his place in the US Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/franken?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 06:15:43 -0500 Al Franken ready to begin Senate work next week After an eight-month battle, DFLer Al Franken has been declared the winner of Minnesota's remaining U.S. Senate seat. Franken already has his committee assignments and expects to begin work as soon as Congress returns from its Fourth of July break next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/franken_wins?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 FEC: Coleman can use campaign cash in lawsuits The FEC said today that Norm Coleman can use campaign funds to pay legal fees arising from allegations that a supporter funneled money to Coleman through his wife's employer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/coleman_fec?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:35:16 -0500 Franken confident as Supreme Court hearing takes place today As the Minnesota Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments this morning in the state's long-running Senate race, Democrat Al Franken told MPR he's confident the court will rule in his favor. His opponent, Norm Coleman, declined an interview request. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/franken_interview?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Home sales encourage consumer spending People who buy a home typically spend a lot of money on furnishings and fix-ups during the first year. As home sales pick up, consumer spending is expected to rise as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/26/homessalestriggerspending?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Tax credit for first-time homebuyers stimulating real estate market Metro area housing statistics continue to point to an improving market. Real estate agents say the $8,000 first-time homebuyer credit in the economic stimulus package is attracting buyers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/housesales?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Energy tax credit helping boost business for Minn. window makers Energy tax credits that are part of the economic stimulus plan are breathing life back into the replacement windown and door business. That's good news for Minnesota-based Marvin Windows and Doors and Andersen Windows and Doors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/12/taxcredit?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 For most, stimulus means a few extra dollars a month You may have noticed that you got paid a little more last month than you're used to, and it's not because you got a raise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/04/taxcut?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Franken confident he'll prevail DFL Senate candidate Al Franken said this morning he does not think Republican Norm Coleman will win his appeal of the three-judge panel's ruling that Franken got more votes last November than Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/franken_confident_prevail?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:47:47 -0500 Franken begins to hire Senate staff Democrat Al Franken has begun hiring staffers for his planned Senate office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/franken_begins_to_hire_washington_staff?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 05:57:04 -0500 Franken's recount effort raises nearly $6 million Al Franken has raised nearly $6 million since last November's election to pay for his recount effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/franken_recount_6_million?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 15:27:19 -0500 Dems urge Coleman to drop legal battle Democrats today tried to turn up the pressure on Republican Norm Coleman to drop his legal battle for the Senate seat. Yesterday evening, the judicial panel ruled against Coleman in his election challenge lawsuit. But Coleman is showing no signs of throwing in the towel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/dems_pressure_coleman?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 14:53:50 -0500 Coleman attorney: Appeal won't come this week Republican Norm Coleman's appeal of his Minnesota Senate trial loss probably won't come until next week, his attorney said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/coleman_appeal?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 11:47:54 -0500 Tulips are up, but still no senator As Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik was planting his tulips last November, he wondered whether they would sprout before the battle between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman. They have. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/tulips_are_up_but_still_no_senator?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 08:23:20 -0500 Timeline: Minnesota's Senate race, recount and trial A timeline of Minnesota's U.S. Senate race and the recount challenge between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman. /features/2009/04/06_senate_race_timeline/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 09:33:17 -0500 Coleman uses conservative media to keep campaign alive Norm Coleman has had a lot to say on conservative TV and radio shows about his plans to take his election battle to the Minnesota Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/06/colemanmedia?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2009 15:45:17 -0500 Why Norm Coleman continues to fight Though it looks like Norm Coleman will not prevail before the three-judge panel hearing the Senate election case, the battle is far from over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/colemancontinues?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 14:30:00 -0500 Guard soldiers fight flood close to home Thousands of National Guard troops and airmen are working around the clock as part of the flood fighting effort in the Red River Valley. Among them are several hundred Minnesota soldiers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/floodguard?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:15:00 -0500 Coleman warns donors after data breach Republican Norm Coleman's campaign says it's the victim of a cyber-attack. Several Web sites are linking to what appear to be Coleman campaign spreadsheets which contain names, e-mail addresses and partial credit card numbers of contributors. It's unclear who is responsible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/11/colemandonors?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2009 15:24:33 -0500 Who's paying for the Senate trial? As Norm Coleman's election lawsuit enters its seventh week, court expenses and trial-related costs for counties around Minnesota are increasing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/06/trialcosts?refid=0 Sun, 08 Mar 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Senate candidates still raking in cash As the Senate election trial continues Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman are aggressively trying to add to the more than $11 million dollars they've raised since Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/04/senatemoney?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Republicans blast stimulus bill All of the Republican members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation say they plan to vote against the stimulus bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/congreact?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 17:15:00 -0600 Franken and Coleman have raised millions for recount Since last November's election the campaigns of Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken have collected a total of nearly $6.4 million dollars to help finance their recount operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/02/recount_campaign_money?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 11:19:36 -0600 Senate candidates wage public relations battle Outside the courtroom, a public relations battle between Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken continues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/prsenate?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Coleman joins GOP Jewish group as consultant Former Sen. Norm Coleman hasn't given up on his hopes of winning his Senate seat back, but he has a new job nonetheless. Coleman has joined the Republican Jewish Coalition as a consultant and strategic adviser. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/22/coleman_newjob?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 10:37:40 -0600 What's next for the Democratic party? For the first time since 1994, Democrats now control both houses of Congress and the White House. With the party's domination of Washington also comes responsibility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/20/whats_next_for_the_democractic_party?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:28:32 -0600 Klobuchar open house for Minnesotans in D.C. Minnesotans are invited to the Washington D.C. offices of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today for an inauguration open house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/19/klobuchar_open_house?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 07:01:15 -0600 Klobuchar's office sees increased traffic due to empty Senate seat With no declared winner in the U.S. Senate election, Minnesota remains one senator short. This could affect individual Minnesotans, the state as whole and, quite possibly, national politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/13/onesen?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Franken's request for election certificate rebuffed Democrat Al Franken is asking Minnesota's governor and secretary of state to issue an election certificate that would enable him to take office in the U.S. Senate. Both officials immediately denied that request. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/12/franken_seat?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 11:37:18 -0600 Coleman will file suit over Senate recount As promised, Republican Senator Norm Coleman's campaign today filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the Senate race recount that gave Democrat Al Franken a 225-vote lead. Coleman's attorneys told reporters this afternoon it could be two more months before the case is heard and settled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/06/coleman_statement?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2009 14:51:30 -0600 Al Franken's road to the U.S. Senate It's looking very likely that Democrat Al Franken will become Minnesota's next U.S. senator. The State Canvassing Board certified its recount Monday afternoon, giving Franken 225 more votes than Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. Here's another look at Al Franken -- who he is and how he got to this point. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/05/franken_profile?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Franken declares victory after board certifies him on top A Minnesota board has certified results showing Democrat Al Franken winning the state's U.S. Senate recount over Republican Norm Coleman, but a Coleman attorney said a legal challenge will be filed within 24 hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/05/coleman_denied?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2009 14:40:38 -0600 Counties must finish sorting wrongly rejected ballots today Today is the deadline for local election officials to submit wrongly rejected absentee ballots in the U.S. Senate recount. The Coleman campaign is seeking a court order changing the process to determine which rejected ballots should included. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/02/senate_recount_sorting_deadline?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2009 07:55:50 -0600 Franken lead at 50; absentee ballots still must be counted Democratic candidate Al Franken now holds a 50-vote lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman with almost all of the counting in Minnesota's Senate race done. The battle now shifts to the 1.300 or so wrongly rejected absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/recount_update?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2008 10:18:58 -0600 Meetings planned statewide to decide fate of rejected ballots As the Senate recount continues, several meetings get underway around the state Tuesday morning to determine which of the 1,350 wrongly rejected absentee ballots belong in the recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/29/recount_update?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2008 15:19:11 -0600 No winner in Senate race until 2009 Minnesotans will not know whether Democrat Al Franken or Republican Norm Coleman won the Senate race until next year. Election officials, along with the two campaigns, have agreed on a framework for adding wrongly-rejected absentee ballots to the recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/no_winner_in_senate_race_until_2009?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 15:50:48 -0600 Supreme Court to hear absentee ballot arguments Wednesday The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on a request by Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign for an order preventing county canvassing boards from opening and counting wrongly rejected absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/mon_recount_update?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:44:56 -0600 Franken scores victory with Canvassing Board; Coleman takes issue to court Al Franken's campaign got a boost today when the board charged with overseeing the recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race ruled twice in his favor. Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign is asking the state Supreme Court to make sure any wrongly rejected ballots are counted properly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/canvassbd_friday?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 10:48:31 -0600 Canvassing board to take up recount ballot questions The Minnesota state canvassing board meets Friday to discuss rejected absentee ballots and those missing Minneapolis ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/canvas_setup?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Fight over Senate ballots precedes board hearing The Coleman and Franken recount campaigns are ramping up their arguments over what should be done about what elections officials say are 133 ballots missing from a precinct in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/10/recount_update?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2008 14:25:18 -0600 Coleman campaign withdraws more ballot challenges Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign says it is withdrawing another 475 ballot challenges in the recount of his race with DFLer Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/09/coleman_withdraw?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 12:05:39 -0600 Campaigns raise nearly $4M for recount efforts The recount operations of Republican Senator Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken are flush with millions of dollars in cash. Federal Election Commission reports for fundraising through late last month came due yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/campaigns_raise_nearly_4m_for_recount_efforts?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 20:32:20 -0600 Franken's attorney: 'Find the ballots' DFLer Al Franken's U.S. Senate campaign says the fate of the recount could hinge on finding 133 apparently lost ballots from a precinct in Minneapolis. Also today, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman withdrew hundreds of ballot challenges -- one day after Franken did the same thing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/coleman_campaign_withdraws_650_ballot_challenges?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 16:15:54 -0600 Campaigns continue to raise money to fund recount efforts Long after the election, the two campaigns continue to aggressively raise money, not to pay for TV commercials and lawn signs, but instead to bankroll their recount operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/campaigns_continue_to_raise_money_to_fund_recount_efforts?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Franken campaign still concerned about 'missing' ballots Al Franken's attorney said today he's concerned about ballots that he says are missing in the Senate recount. The Franken campaign says it's investigating why, in some areas, more ballots were counted on Election Day than were found during the recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/01/franken_campaign_still_concerned_about_missing_ballots?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 18:16:24 -0600 Ritchie concerned about growing pile of challenged ballots The latest official numbers on the Minnesota Senate recount have the pile of contested ballots growing. It now stands at nearly 3,600. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/recount_wrap_day6?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 21:00:13 -0600 Both campaigns pleased with recount so far On day two of the U.S. Senate recount, the campaigns of Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken are both saying they are pleased so far, not only with the process but with the initial numbers as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/recount_thurs?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:45:46 -0600 Both candidates lose votes as ballots are challenged It is day two of what Republican Senator Norm Coleman's campaign has dubbed the "Great Minnesota Recount." The numbers from the first day of the state-mandated Senate race recount show, of the ballots that are not in dispute, both Coleman and Democrat Al Franken lost votes from the initial count. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/19/recount_results_day_one?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Recount begins at county level Election officials throughout Minnesota have begun recounting nearly three million ballots to determine who won the U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/recount_chisago_county?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Franken campaign's rejected ballot story false The story an attorney for Democrat Al Franken's U.S. Senate campaign told reporters in order to illustrate claims that valid absentee ballots were wrongly rejected, turns out to be false. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/13/franken_evidence_false?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 21:35:50 -0600 Franken seeks access to rejected absentees Democrat Al Franken, locked in a tight Senate race headed to a statewide recount, is suing for access to data on voters who had their absentee ballots rejected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/13/franken_seeks_access_to_rejected_absentees?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 12:30:13 -0600 Franken, Coleman continue battle in post-campaign campaign As the state gears up for a recount, Al Franken and Sen. Norm Coleman are engaged in a public relations battle that political observers say is intended to influence who will be the winner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/11/mn_recount_senate_campaign?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2008 14:24:21 -0600 Franken on the recount Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken says it is clear that the votes in Minnesota's Senate race need to be recounted, given how close the results are. He rejected calls by Republican incument Norm Coleman for him to concede the race. Franken spoke to MPR's Gary Eichten on Midday today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/midday3?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 08:25:22 -0600 Senate candidates meet for last debate Months of tension between U.S. Senate candidates Norm Coleman and Al Franken spilled out in their last debate with the Republican and Democrat trading heated accusations about the allegations against Coleman in a lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/02/senate_candidates_meet_for_last_debate?refid=0 Sun, 02 Nov 2008 20:40:37 -0600 Senate candidates make final push into the weekend In the final weekend before Election Day, U.S. Senate candidates respond to new allegations against Sen. Coleman and make their final case to the voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/31/senate_candidates_make_final_push_into_the_weekend?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 16:06:32 -0500 Coleman denies claims that donor funneled money to his wife Just days before Election Day, Sen. Norm Coleman is playing defense against a lawsuit that claims a friend and donor funneled $75,000 to an insurance company that employs his wife. Coleman said this morning the allegations are "patently false." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/31/coleman_suit?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 10:09:50 -0500 Bill Clinton presses Minn. to elect Franken Former President Bill Clinton is telling Minnesota Democrats, it's not enough to elect Barack Obama for president -- that they must also send DFLer Al Franken to the Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/31/clinton_stump?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 06:52:25 -0500 Coleman, Franken get a little help from their friends With a week to go until Election Day, two of the major party candidates running for U.S. Senate got some help from popular politicians who aren't on the ballot this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/campaignday?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 16:15:00 -0500 Minn. Senate candidates mix it up in TV debate The leading candidates for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat colored their statewide televised debate with spirited give-and-take over tax cuts, guns and partisanship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/24/mn_senate_debate?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 20:23:35 -0500 Rudy Giuliani campaigns in Minnesota for Sen. Norm Coleman Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was in the Twin Cities today to campaigning for Republican Senator Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/23/coleman_giuliani_campaign?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 17:11:48 -0500 Clinton urges Minn. Democrats to vote Franken Senator Hillary Clinton told a wildly enthusiastic crowd in Minneapolis, Al Franken could be the 60th vote in the Senate that would allow Democrats to block Republican filibusters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/21/hillary_clinton_franken?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 18:54:14 -0500 Obama and race on the Range Minnesota's Iron Range has a history of being a stronghold for Democrats. But party leaders openly acknowledge some party loyalists have concerns about voting for Barack Obama because he's black. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/20/rangesetup?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Senate candidates disagree on the economy Minnesota's three major party U.S. Senate candidates are talking a lot about the economy as they campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/17/senateeconomy?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Coleman defends support for war at Senate debate Minnesota's three major party U.S. Senate candidates have just two more debates before the election. During last night's third debate held in Duluth, the candidates, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, Democrat Al Franken and Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley, engaged in a spirited discussion about campaign finance and ethics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/16/minnesota_senate_debate?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 19:17:37 -0500 Franken outraises Coleman in latest reporting period New campaign finance reports show that DFL challenger Al Franken raised nearly twice as much money as Republican Sen. Norm Coleman during the last reporting period. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/senate_fundraising?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 13:52:30 -0500 US Senate candidates emphasize their differences in debate Minnesota's three major party U.S. Senate candidates all gave different answers when asked what they think the nation's biggest threat is. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/11/senate_debate?refid=0 Sat, 11 Oct 2008 23:48:58 -0500 Coleman shifts position on Social Security DFL Senate candidate Al Franken is criticizing Republican Sen. Norm Coleman on Social Security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/09/coleman_shift?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 07:45:14 -0500 Poll: Economy costs Coleman lead in Senate race New Minnesota Public Radio News/University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute polls indicate the bad economic news last week cost Republican Sen. Norm Coleman a lead in the U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/07/senatepoll?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Debate showcases intensity in Minn. Senate race An unsettled U.S. Senate race provoked sharp exchanges Sunday night between Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken on the ailing economy, the war in Iraq and the art of compromise. A third man in the race, Dean Barkley, kept both rivals on their toes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/05/senate_debate1?refid=0 Sun, 05 Oct 2008 15:06:01 -0500 Franken opposes bailout DFL Senate candidate Al Franken Thursday sharply criticized the Wall Street bailout the Senate approved Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/bailoutfranken?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 13:37:59 -0500 Senate ads distract and discourage Minnesotans are seeing more Senate campaign ads than ever before, thanks to Republican and Democratic candidates flush with campaign cash. Analysts say most of the ads are negative and that they are not designed to educate voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/30/senateads?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Coleman defends bailout comments Sen. Norm Coleman is explaining comments he made over the weekend about the taxpayer money used to bail out failing financial institutions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/colemandefends?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 17:05:53 -0500 Senate candidates weigh in on Wall St. bailout The major party U.S. Senate candidates are weighing in on the proposal to give the Treasury Department $700 billion to buy bad debt from Wall Street investment banks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/22/senatebailout?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:31:40 -0500 Dean Barkley tries to shake up the race for Senate Recent polls have Independence Party Senate candidate Dean Barkley gaining ground on Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and DFL candidate Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/barkley?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2008 16:15:39 -0500 Opponents say Coleman broke ad disclosure rules Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says his re-election campaign has changed a recently released television commercial to ensure it meets federal requirements. Coleman says the mistake is a non-issue. His opponents disagree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/12/colemanad?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2008 15:25:25 -0500 Franken, Coleman begin general election 'sprint' David Wellstone, son of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, today made an appeal for the election of Al Franken to the U.S. Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/franken_wellstone?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 12:22:30 -0500 Franken breezes in first step of Senate chase Franken cruised to an easy victory over a half dozen DFL rivals in Tuesday's primary. Republican Senator Norm Coleman easily defeated his lone GOP challenger. And it will be Dean Barkley who will represent the Independence Party in the November election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/minnesota_primary?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 20:33:34 -0500 After convention, Pawlenty's future unclear As the convention he helped host comes to an end, the new guessing game is what's next for Gov. Tim Pawlenty? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/pawlentyfuture?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 14:25:09 -0500 Republicans nominate McCain for president while Minnesota delegates cheer Palin's performance John McCain is scheduled to accept the nomination in a speech tonight, following a rousing recital by his No. 2, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Minnesota delegates say they couldn't have been happier with their relatively unknown vice presidential candidate's performance last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/palin_speech_recap?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 03:14:33 -0500 Coleman raises money in between RNC appearances Away from the convention floor and TV cameras, politicians are using the national conventions as a backdrop to raise money and rub elbows with big donors, including Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, who faces a tough re-election challenge this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/coleman_money?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 18:53:20 -0500 What's Norm Coleman doing? Minnesota's U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman is defending fellow GOP lawmakers who are skipping the Republican National Convention because they're busy with re-election campaigns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/01/rnc_coleman?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2008 15:26:42 -0500 Pawlenty cancels media interviews Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty joined some other Republicans in Denver this morning to rip Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/pawlenty_back?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 14:35:31 -0500 Minnesota delegates rally around Obama Minnesota delegates to the Democratic National Convention went out of their way today to demonstrate that they are united behind Barack Obama. Some of the better known delegates and party leaders who had been supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton made an appeal for unity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/27/dncclintonreax?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2008 16:35:38 -0500 Twin Cities keep an eye on protests in Denver Twin Cities officials are keeping a close eye on protests and demonstrations in Denver to see what, if anything, they might hold in store for St. Paul next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/dnc_demonstrations?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 17:29:50 -0500 State delegates told to pep it up On day two of the Democratic National Convention, Minnesota's delegates were urged to pep it up for the TV cameras. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/dncminn?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 13:54:56 -0500 Senate candidate Al Franken holds fundraiser in Denver DFL Senate candidate Al Franken in Denver at the Democratic National Convention. Franken held a fundraiser at a Denver law firm, but unlike some other candidates he will not be addressing the full convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/25/al_franken_dnc?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 16:17:55 -0500 Minnesota delegates get fired up Minnesota's delegates to the Democratic National Convention got a pep talk this morning from the state's top party leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/25/dnc_morningmtg?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 10:45:53 -0500 MPR poll: Coleman, Franken tied; many undecided A new Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll shows Democrat Al Franken in a statistical tie with Republican Norm Coleman in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/21/senatepoll?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 09:30:00 -0500 RNC announces speakers list Minnesota Republicans Norm Coleman and Tim Pawlenty are scheduled to speak the GOP national convention in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/rncspeakers?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2008 12:09:20 -0500 Energy becomes a big issue in Senate race With the cost of gasoline on voters' minds, U.S. Senate candidates Al Franken and Norm Coleman are talking a lot about their energy plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/senateenergy?refid=0 Sun, 17 Aug 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Franken calls for changes to credit card laws DFL Senate candidate Al Franken is calling for several law changes which he says would better protect consumers from creditors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/14/franken_credit?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 06:54:16 -0500 Franken: Draw back more U.S. Iraqi funds U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken is one-upping a call from his opponent, Republican Norm Coleman, for the United States to rescind funds it's sending to Iraq for reconstruction of that country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/11/frankeniraq?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 15:49:26 -0500 DFL Senate candidate Al Franken says 'No Child Left Behind' needs to change DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken says portions of the federal No Child Left Behind law need to change to accommodate broader approaches to learning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/08/franken_nclb?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2008 12:46:18 -0500 Lord Faris releases first anti-Franken ad DFL U.S. Senate candidate Priscilla Lord Faris is out with a television ad questioning the electability of the party's endorsed candidate, Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/lordfarisad?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2008 17:33:45 -0500 Scenes from Farmfest The annual Farm Fest was held in Redwood Falls, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/05/fest_photos?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2008 22:24:03 -0500 Senate candidates face off for the first time Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and his DFL-endorsed opponent Al Franken debated for the first time today in front of hundreds of people at Farmfest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/05/senatedebate?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2008 16:25:00 -0500 Coleman and Franken meet in first face-to-face debate Republican Norm Coleman and his DFL endorsed challenger Al Franken will debate for the first time later this morning at Farmfest in southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/05/debate?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2008 07:18:55 -0500 Farmfest bubbles with a sense of cautious optimism Farmfest , the region's largest farm show, begins Tuesday and runs through Thursday near the southwestern Minnesota town of Redwood Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/04/farm_fest?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2008 21:31:47 -0500 Franken calls on Medicare to negotiate drug prices DFL Senate candidate Al Franken said the federal government should be allowed to negotiate Medicare drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/franken_canadian_drugs?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:33:14 -0500 Coleman donates indicted senator's campaign cash Several of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' Republican colleagues are doing the same thing after he was charged with taking more than a $250,000 in unreported gifts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/coleman_stevens_contributions?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:33:08 -0500 Franken outlines plan to cut energy costs DFL Senate candidate Al Franken said the federal government should sell off 50 million barrels of oil from the nation's strategic petroleum reserve over the next three months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/28/franken_gas?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:38:34 -0500 Ford grants St. Paul plant two more years The Ford Motor Company announced this morning that its Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul will continue producing the Ranger small pickup through 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/24/ford_plant?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 06:36:39 -0500 Coleman, Franken turn up the heat in latest campaign ads Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's re-election campaign has put out a new television ad that's sharply critical of DFL challenger AL Franken. With the election less than four months away, new ads from both campaigns signal the gloves are coming off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/senateads?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 05:00:00 -0500 Lord Faris says Franken's campaign is faltering Priscilla Lord Faris is not a well known Minnesotan, but she's hoping her experience as a teacher, lobbyist, city council member and lawyer, as well as her deep Minnesota roots, will convince Minnesota Democrats she, not Al Franken, should be nominated to run against Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/lordfaris_profile?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Franken proposes tax plan DFL Senate candidate Al Franken has a tax plan that he says would ease the strain on the middle class. Franken accused Republican Sen. Norm Coleman of favoring the wealthy and special interests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/21/frankentaxplan?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2008 15:08:09 -0500 Campaigning in border cities is good political strategy Holding presidential campaign events in border towns like Hudson helps candidates leverage the kind of local news coverage they like the most. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/mccain_strategy?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2008 04:00:00 -0500 Franken, Coleman raise similar amounts in second quarter DFL Senate candidate Al Franken ended the first half of 2008 with $4.2 million in the bank. Franken's campaign says it raised $2.26 million during the months of April, May and June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/frankenfundraising?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 14:51:40 -0500 McCain to overnight in Twin Cities Republican presidential candidate John McCain plans to make an appearance this afternoon at his St. Paul regional campaign headquarters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/mccain?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 08:53:08 -0500 Ventura says he hasn't decided yet on Senate run Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is shooting down media reports that he's already decided whether to run for U.S. Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/venturarumor?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 10:10:16 -0500 Franken ad promotes ban on politicians turning lobbyists DFL Senate candidate Al Franken is out with a new television ad calling for an end to politicians becoming lobbyists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/franken_ad?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 08:23:58 -0500 Senate candidates push gas prices to front of campaign The two major party candidates for U.S. Senate were talking up their energy proposals on the campaign trail today, now that gas prices have hit record highs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/02/senategasprices?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2008 15:49:44 -0500 Franken changes position on the gas tax DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken says he no longer would consider supporting an increase in the federal gas tax. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/01/franken_gastax?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 14:25:37 -0500 Watchdog group files ethics charge against Coleman A government watchdog group is calling for a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's Washington D.C. rental arrangement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/01/coleman_ethics?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 10:52:01 -0500 Senate race leads the nation in campaign money Minnesota's 2008 Senate race leads the nation in campaign money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/29/coleman_franken?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 03:30:00 -0500 McCain's Minnesota visit met by anti-war protesters About 100 people peacefully demonstrated outside the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday afternoon, during a fund raising event for John McCain. About a dozen more chanted outside McCain's townhall meeting at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/mccain_protests?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 16:45:15 -0500 McCain to attend two Twin Cites events Republican presidential candidate John McCain will be in the Twin Cities today for two events, neither of which is open to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/mccain?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 07:02:56 -0500 Two teens charged in Minneapolis killings Hennepin County prosecutors have charged two 17-year-olds with several counts of first degree murder in last week's deaths of a Minneapolis woman and her 10-year-old son. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/doublemurder?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 14:19:06 -0500 New poll shows Coleman on top Pollsters found in a Senate race between Republican Norm Coleman and DFLer Al Franken, Coleman would win 52 percent to 40 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/coleman_franken?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 08:50:11 -0500 Franken favors Iraq withdrawal in TV ad DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken is calling for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in his latest TV ad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/16/frankenad?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2008 16:41:41 -0500 DFLers, GOP agree Franken is a great choice DFL endorsed Senate candidate Al Franken today sets out on a four-day, two dozen city statewide campaign swing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/08/franken?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jun 2008 20:21:03 -0500 Will it be Franken or Nelson-Pallmeyer? Democrats meet in Rochester for their convention this weekend with the main order of business to choose a U.S. Senate candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/05/conventionsetup?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Rove blasts Dems. at Republican state convention Republican delegates have adjourned their state convention after meeting for the past two days in Rochester and hearing from Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Karl Rove. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/31/rove?refid=0 Sat, 31 May 2008 15:37:22 -0500 State GOP endorses Coleman for re-election Republicans meeting for their state convention in Rochester endorsed incumbent U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman to run for a second term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/30/gopconvday1?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 17:05:34 -0500 Coleman acknowledges tough race ahead As Republicans gather to endorse him for re-election, Sen. Norm Coleman is talking a lot about his public service experience and Democrat Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/29/colemanprofile?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 03:10:00 -0500 Ventura says he's serious about possible Senate campaign Former Gov. Jesse Ventura tells Minnesota Public Radio he's seriously considering a run for U.S. Senate and had some strong words for the other candidates in the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/15/ventura?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 15:29:41 -0500 Democrats push subsidies for alternative energy Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and other Democrats in Washington are pushing the Consumer-First Energy Act, a bill that would limit oil price speculation and cut back tax breaks for oil companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/klobuchar?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2008 06:34:23 -0500 Nelson-Pallmeyer: Don't count me out DFL Senate candidate Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer claims significant support among DFL state convention delegates. And some observers say Al Franken's tax problems could make an opening for him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/pallmeyer?refid=0 Sun, 11 May 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Franken campaign works to control damage DFLer Al Franken's campaign has been scrambling to shore up support among the people who will decide on the party's Senate endorsement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/30/frankenfollow?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2008 15:56:27 -0500 Franken to pay $70K in back taxes in 17 states DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken says he is paying tens of thousands of dollars in back income taxes to more than a dozen states. Franken says he became aware of the taxes owed after a recent review of his books following other tax problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/29/franken?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2008 16:31:29 -0500 Franken's corporation faces unpaid taxes in Calif. Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken's personal corporation didn't file corporate income tax returns in California from 2003 to 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/frankentaxes?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 12:45:42 -0500 Politicians may be unable to stop NWA deal While politicians can raise concerns about Minnesota losing jobs and a corporate headquarters, they're not likely going to be able to stop the deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/nwapoliticians?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 23:29:00 -0500 Franken challenges Coleman on the economy DFLer Al Franken is ripping Sen. Norm Coleman for wanting to make the Bush tax cuts permanent for the wealthiest Americans. Coleman says raising taxes on anyone right now would be bad for the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/14/frankeneconomy?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2008 10:51:13 -0500 Franken keeps fund raising pace with Coleman Franken's DFL opponent Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer raised about $265,000 in the same time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/franken_fundraising?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 09:46:16 -0500 Both Minnesota senators support housing bill Both Minnesota's U.S. senators support a housing bill the Senate could vote on this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/senatehomes?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 17:35:26 -0500 Coleman's campaign releases campaign numbers Coleman formally launched his re-election campaign late last month but has raised more than $2 million in the first quarter alone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/coleman_campaign?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 07:30:02 -0500 Coleman and Franken disagree over what campaign should be about Republican Norm Coleman and DFLer Al Franken are each trying to set the agenda for the 2008 Senate campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/coleman?refid=0 Sun, 06 Apr 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Coleman hopes to help veterans avoid foreclosure Under current law, veterans have three months to work out mortgage problems upon their return. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/03/coleman_veterans_housing?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2008 13:17:27 -0500 Hundreds of Minnesota National Guard members prepare for Iraq deployment Members of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade will arrive in Iraq in about six months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/unitdeployed?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Coleman launches re-election bid Republican Norm Coleman formally launched his bid for a second term in the U.S. Senate Wednesday morning from his St. Paul campaign headquarters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/26/colemanannounces?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 12:23:13 -0500 Pro-Coleman ad sparks debate over bridge collapse A new TV ad promoting Sen. Norm Coleman is drawing criticism for its use of the I-35W bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/19/colemanad?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 16:02:11 -0500 Some young vets struggle to find work Several thousand Minnesotans have been to Iraq and back over the past five years. Some are finding that the economic downturn has made getting a job more difficult than it used to be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/iraqplusfive?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Franken to appear on Letterman's 'Late Show' Franken spokesman says being on with Letterman should help attract campaign contributions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/franken_letterman?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2008 09:35:00 -0500 Franken says he is now free to target Coleman Analysts say Al Franken can focus on Republican incumbent Norm Coleman, now that fellow DFLer Mike Ciresi is out of the U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/11/afterciresi?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2008 15:43:15 -0500 Ciresi quits U.S. Senate race With attorney Mike Ciresi out of the US Senate race, some political analysts say comedian and author Al Franken can focus more attention on the general election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/10/ciresiout?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2008 19:00:00 -0500 "Super Saturday" approaches On Saturday DFL activists will meet at more than 30 county and senate district conventions. They'll choose delegates to the state convention who will vote in June to endorse a U.S. Senate candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/07/bigweekend?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 13:07:47 -0600 Franken fined for not carrying workers' compensation insurance Al Franken's Senate campaign said Al Franken, Inc. will pay a $25,000 fine for not carrying workers' compensation insurance over a three-year period. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/franken_insurance?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 09:20:48 -0600 Pressure mounts on superdelegates Minnesota's three Democratic Party superdelegates who are still uncommitted are coming under intense pressure from supporters of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/05/superdelegates?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2008 15:03:10 -0600 Green Party holds caucuses tonight The Green Party of Minnesota holds its caucuses this evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/04/greens?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 09:48:49 -0600 Coleman campaign ramps up behind the scenes Republican Norm Coleman could be in for the race of his political life this fall as he seeks a second term in the U.S. Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/01/colemancampaign?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0600 $1 billion is bad enough -- deficit could get worse The state's new budget forecast numbers are based on economic expectations that could easily fail to pan out -- and could lead to even more dire conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/forecasteconomy?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 15:45:51 -0600 Coleman campaign apologizes for newspaper editorials Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's re-election campaign is apologizing to two Minnesota newspapers for two nearly identical letters to the editor that ended up published under two different names. The campaign acknowledges a staffer was behind the letters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/coleman?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2008 18:29:58 -0600 DFL Senate candidates take first step in nomination process The caucuses were the first step toward endorsing a DFL candidate for the U.S. Senate to run against Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/05/senatecaucus?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Poll: Franken popular with DFLers, but many undecided A new Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute Poll indicates DFL Senate hopeful Al Franken poses a tougher re-election threat to Republican Sen. Norm Coleman than any of the other Democrats who want Coleman's job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/31/senatepoll?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 04:00:00 -0600 Ciresi pours $512,000 of own money into Senate race Attorney Mike Ciresi spent more than $500,000 on his DFL Senate campaign during the last quarter of 2007, despite saying he would not self-finance his Senate bid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/31/ciresi?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:40:24 -0600 Senate candidates work to get out supporters For Minnesota's DFL Senate hopefuls, the state precinct caucuses are an important first step in lining up state convention support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/28/senategotv?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 03:00:00 -0600 DFL delegates weigh electability in Senate race As Minnesota's precinct caucuses draw near, several DFL activists shared their views about the candidates and what they think is important heading into the endorsement decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/16/senatedelegates?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jan 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Al Franken begins running TV ads Democrat Al Franken has released the first two TV ads for his Senate campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/14/frankenads?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Senate candidate Ciresi begins running TV ads DFL Senate candidate Mike Ciresi is set to begin running two TV ads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/ciresi_ad?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 13:05:58 -0600 Coleman calls for U.S. to play a new role in Iraq Just back from his fifth trip to Iraq, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman says the U.S. goal should be to play a "secondary" military role in Iraq by the end of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/07/coleman_iraq?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2008 17:32:55 -0600 Foreclosures costing suburbs time and money Suburban city leaders say they are spending more time than ever before keeping track of properties left vacant by foreclosures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/02/suburbanforeclosures?refid=0 Sun, 06 Jan 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Coupons for digital TV converters now available In a little more than a year, television stations will switch from analog to digital broadcasting. Beginning Jan. 1, 2008, consumers can apply for government coupons to reduce the cost of the switch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/27/digital_converter_coupons?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jan 2008 15:30:00 -0600 Happy homecomings and 17 funerals mark Minnesota's involvement in Iraq The year 2007 proved to be the deadliest year for U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, with 899 troops killed. Sixteen members of the military with strong Minnesota ties died in Iraq and Afghanistan this past year, along with a military contractor from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/31/iraqdeaths?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2007 15:00:05 -0600 VA says Rice Lake clinic to reopen at same site The Minneapolis VA Medical Center says it will reopen a permanent primary care clinic for veterans in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, next week. A company under contract to run the clinic abruptly closed it and another in Hayward last week, citing financial problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/21/vaclinicopens?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2007 11:51:14 -0600 Home for the holidays, home for good A young Minnesota man, who joined the National Guard to earn money for college, talks about getting back to civilian life after being deployed to Iraq for 16 months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/20/homeholidays?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Economy emerges as key election issue With the Iowa caucuses less than three weeks away, economic issues have moved to the top of the list of voter concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/13/economypolitics?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 02:00:00 -0600 Two northwest Wis. VA clinics close over funding problems Two recently opened Minneapolis VA clinics in western Wisconsin were abruptly shut down this week by the company under contract to run them. Kentucky-based Corporate Health and Wellness says it lost hundreds of thousands of dollars opening the clinics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/11/vaclinicsclose?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 11:02:16 -0600 Minnesotan working as security contractor killed in Iraq A former sheriff's deputy from Chisago County in Minnesota has been killed while working as a security contractor in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/27/27iraq_contractor?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2007 11:49:38 -0600 Toy safety scare is a boon to Minnesota toymakers Some Minnesota toymakers say business is booming this holiday season thanks in large part to concerns about the safety of imported toys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/22/toys?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Nelson-Pallmeyer hopes issues sway DFL delegates Al Franken and Mike Ciresi have gotten most of the attention in the race to become the DFL-endorsed candidate to run against Republican Sen. Norm Coleman next year. But political scientists say Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer might attract support with issues that could play well with the type of liberal DFLers who will attend the convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/12/nelsonpallmeyer?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:00:11 -0600 One employer eases a vet's deployment and reintegration to civilian life Some business go to great lengths to help employees and their families when they're called up for military service. That assistance, says one central Minnesota man, helped make his deployment and transition back to civilian life, more manageable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/09/vetbacktowork?refid=0 Sun, 11 Nov 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Fair matches Iraq war vets with jobs Employers met face to face Tuesday with current and former members of the military who are looking for new jobs. Organizers of the veterans job fair say these soldiers possess many skills in high demand in the workplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/06/jobfair?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2007 16:15:00 -0600 Five years after his death, Wellstone still inspires Since Sen. Paul Wellstone's death five years ago he's been remembered in big and small ways. Supporters say rather than fading, Wellstone's legacy is growing stronger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/15/wellstoneremembered?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Groups target Bachmann on children's health insurance Supporters of increased funding for children's health insurance are running ads against Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/11/schipads?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2007 03:00:41 -0500 Peace activist enters U.S. Senate race Another DFLer has entered the race to run against Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. Author and teacher Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer says he'll compete for next year's DFL endorsement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/10/pallmeyer?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2007 13:30:47 -0500 Minnesota Guard's overseas duty not over While Minnesota welcomed home some 2,600 National Guard members from Iraq during the summer, many more of them are still deployed overseas. We caught up with one of them in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/09/guardupdate?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Senate DFL candidates mix it up at debate Three Democrats who hope to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman next year came together Friday to talk about the issues. Mike Ciresi, Jim Cohen and Al Franken talked about the war in Iraq, health care, taxes and other issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/05/dfldebate?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2007 14:35:58 -0500 Study shows seniors benefit from flu shots A new study with Minnesota-led research finds flu shots help seniors avoid hospitalization and death from flu and pneumonia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/01/fluvaccine?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2007 16:01:00 -0500 Minneapolis VA expands network of rural clinics The Minneapolis VA's goal is to place clinic offices within about 30 miles of most of the veterans it serves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/25/clinics?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Three charged in real estate fraud case The Hennepin County Attorney's office and the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force are investigating a major multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/20/scam?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:46:46 -0500 Minnesota delegation remains split on Iraq Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation split along party lines in their reactions to the testimony of Gen. David Petraeus about progress in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/11/delegationreax?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2007 14:02:13 -0500 Coleman backs plan to bring some troops back from Iraq Coleman has opposed timetables for troop withdrawals in the past, but he says pulling out several thousand troops would send a message to Iraqi leaders. He just returned from a weekend visit to Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/04/colemaniraq?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2007 12:50:09 -0500 Senate race in full swing at fairgrounds It's not an election year, but the race for U.S. Senate is going strong at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/30/senatefair?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2007 16:00:56 -0500 Bush pledges aid for bridge and flood recovery President Bush is promising a "flood of help" for people in southeastern Minnesota. He's also pledging quick federal help to replace the I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/22/bushvisit?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2007 06:49:17 -0500 Survivors regroup in flood's aftermath For thousands of households in southeastern Minnesota, Monday was a day to begin regrouping following torrential rains over the weekend that caused flash flood emergencies in several communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/20/survivors?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2007 14:12:14 -0500 Feds deliver $50 million for bridge disaster recovery; 2 more victims named The Bush administration announced on Friday that it's making $50 million of the $250 million that's been authorized for the 35W bridge project immediately available to the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/10/peters?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2007 12:04:57 -0500 Debris removal on hold as search for victims continues After nearly a week of searching, divers and other emergency workers have yet to recover underwater remains of bridge collapse victims. Officials told reporters Wednesday the main problem facing the recovery effort lies in the tons of bridge materials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/08/bridgedayseven?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2007 15:04:54 -0500 Navy, FBI divers arrive to boost Minn. bridge collapse effort; pause planned to honor victims Navy divers studied the wreckage Tuesday dumped into the Mississippi River by the collapse of a highway bridge, planning their search for bodies believed hidden in the debris and murky water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/07/tues?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2007 12:43:21 -0500 FBI divers add high technology to bridge recovery effort The FBI brought in an unmanned submarine with sonar and powerful underwater lights to look for bodies near a collapsed freeway bridge on Monday. A Navy dive team was also in town to help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/06/bridgemon?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2007 12:12:46 -0500 Vets group runs ads in support of Coleman A group called Vets for Freedom says it will air television ads throughout much of Minnesota thanking Republican Sen. Norm Coleman for his support of the president's strategy in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/01/colemaniraq?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 05:00:31 -0500 Minnesota Guard troops subject of war trauma study A VA Medical Center study aims to find out why some soldiers are able to avoid problems with post-traumatic stress, while others suffer from it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/12/ptsdstudy?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jul 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty welcomes Guard members back home The return home from Iraq for members of the Minnesota Army National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team is winding down. A planeload of Guardsmen and women got a homecoming welcome back Tuesday morning from the Secretary of the Army and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/17/pawlentytroops?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2007 14:17:22 -0500 First Guard troops arrive in Wisconsin The smell of green grass and humidity were just some of the things Minnesota National Guard troops appreciated as they stepped off a plane in central Wisconsin after serving more than a year in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/10/troopsland?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2007 17:01:18 -0500 Guard returning to Midwest under secrecy The 1st Brigade has been in Iraq for about 16 months. Guard officials say all the troops, including 2,600 Minnesotans, will be back in the U.S. by the end of the month with most arriving within the next several days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/09/guard_returning_to_midwest_under_secrecy?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2007 03:58:50 -0500 First wave of Guard troops expected home soon Minnesota National Guard officials say they're expecting the first major wave of their 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers to begin arriving from Iraq very soon at a military post in west central Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/09/guarreturns?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2007 10:25:53 -0500 Home from Iraq, some National Guard members will face mental health hurdles A growing number of mental health care providers say they're ready to help returning Minnesota Guard soldiers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/02/troopsmentalhealth?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2007 04:00:00 -0500 Short-selling mortgages increasingly popular alternative to foreclosure As more and more homeowners become unable to pay their mortgages, lenders and realtors say the option of selling a home for whatever the market will bare and writing off the difference between that amount and what's owed on the property can be an alternative to foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/07/shortselling?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2007 10:54:18 -0500 Tax attorney joins Minnesota Senate field A tax attorney with a ubiquitous Minnesota name stepped Tuesday into a U.S. Senate field that already features two big-name Democratic candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/05/olson?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2007 12:00:03 -0500 Heffelfinger a target over voting rights for Indians The latest revelation comes in a report Thursday in the Los Angeles Times, which says Heffelfinger may have been placed on a list of U.S. attorneys to be fired because his office was working to protect the voting rights of off-reservation Indians in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/31/heffelfingerfolo?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2007 13:38:07 -0500 Real estate is a tough sale The home real estate market continues to be soft in the Twin Cities, and most agree it could get worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/23/slowrealestate?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2007 05:00:00 -0500 Coleman joins in call for Gonzales resignation Alberto Gonzales' Justice Department had considered dismissing one in four of the nation's U.S. attorneys, according to a report in the Washington Post. The Post reports former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger was on the list. In response to the developments, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota joined the calls for Gonzales' resignation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/17/klobuchar?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2007 14:30:00 -0500 Governor signs statewide smoking ban into law Gov. Pawlenty signed the statewide smoking ban into law Wednesday morning outside an Eagan restaurant. Minnesota will outlaw smoking in bars, restaurants and other establishments starting Oct. 1, 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/16/smokebansigned?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2007 11:37:03 -0500 Despite declining popularity, Coleman comfortable in Senate re-election bid The Mason-Dixon Research poll says Sen. Norm Coleman presently enjoys more than a 20-percent spread between him and either Al Franken or Mike Ciresi. But his approval rating has slipped below 50 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/14/coleman?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2007 13:52:21 -0500 MPR Poll: Don't send more troops, bring them home A new Minnesota Public Radio news poll shows most Minnesotans support an October 1 deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. Most also oppose the president's plan to send more troops to Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/11/iraqpoll?refid=0 Sun, 13 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Guard brass expect no more extension for Minnesota brigade The commander of the Minnesota National Guard in Iraq says troops should be out of the country by August 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/03/deployupdate?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2007 15:30:00 -0500 McCollum hopes to give Ciresi boost with early endorsement A member of Minnesota's congressional delegation has come out with an early endorsement for U.S. Senate candidate Mike Ciresi. Political observers say the endorsement is a significant development in the race to oppose Republican Sen. Norm Coleman next fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/03/senateendorsement?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 DFL Senate candidates run quiet campaign for delegates DFLers Mike Ciresi and Al Franken are working behind the scenes to win the support of party activists who will likely vote to endorse a candidate for Senate at next year's DFL state convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/24/delegatehunt?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2007 13:00:00 -0500 More than 20,000 care packages and counting A loosely organized group of Minnesotans has been sending thousands of care packages to troops deployed in the war on terrorism. Without "Operation Minnesota Nice," many of these members of the military would receive little or no mail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/05/soldiersupport?refid=0 Sun, 22 Apr 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Ciresi announces run for U.S. Senate DFLer Mike Ciresi says the toughness he showed as a trial lawyer in major cases will make him a strong U.S. senator from Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/18/ciresi?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2007 10:22:35 -0500 Gopher players released; rape investigation continues Three University of Minnesota football players were released from police custody on Monday, but investigators said they would continue probing the reported rape of an 18-year-old woman last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/09/gophercharges?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2007 10:00:54 -0500 Eagan Marine killed in Iraq Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Olsen, a standout musician at Eagan High School a few years ago, was shot and killed in Iraq on Sunday, his family said. Olsen was 20. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/03/marinekilled?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2007 12:15:13 -0500 Sister recalls soldier as proud to serve his country The sister of the latest soldier with Minnesota ties to be killed in Iraq says her brother was a proud American and was proud of his military service. The Department of Defense says Army Spc. Sean McDonald, 21, was killed in an explosion Sunday in Baghdad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/29/soldierkilled?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2007 06:00:00 -0500 Fund doubles most grant amounts to Minnesota military The nonprofit, nonpartisan Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund says successful fundraising is allowing it to double grants to many Minnesota members of the military. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/28/vetsbenefits?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2007 13:00:23 -0500 Pentagon apologizes to Minnesota soldier for conditions at Walter Reed hospital A former Minnesota Army National Guard officer says when he was at Walter Reed in the summer of 2004, his hospital rooms were unclean and possibly unhealthy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/23/walterreed?refid=0 Sun, 25 Mar 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Number of homeless vets is small, but growing The number of homeless veterans will likely grow, experts say, because of the kinds of trauma troops are now facing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/22/homelessvets?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2007 15:30:00 -0500 Foreclosure spike may mean new consumer protection laws in Minnesota With home foreclosures spiking, housing advocates, lawmakers and the home loan industy agree it's time to bolster consumer protection laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/21/mnpredatory?refid=0 Sun, 04 Mar 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Two Minnesota soldiers killed in Iraq The Defense Department says a Marine from Maple Lake, Minnesota, Sgt. Chad Allen, was killed Wednesday during combat in Iraq. He is the second Minnesotan killed in Iraq this week. Army Sgt. William Beardsley of Coon Rapids died Monday in Diwaniyah, Iraq, when a bomb exploded near his vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/28/soldierkilled?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Franken in bid to unseat Sen. Coleman Comedian and radio show host Al Franken has launched a campaign for the Senate seat held by Republican Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/14/franken?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2007 13:00:20 -0600 Ciresi looks at another U.S. Senate bid Minneapolis Attorney Mike Ciresi says he's planning to run for U.S. Senate next year as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/12/ciresiruns?refid=0 Mon, 12 Feb 2007 06:40:17 -0600 Congress takes aim at predatory lending as foreclosures hit Minneapolis, other cities U.S. mortgage lending practices are "out of balance" and need to protect minority borrowers and those with less than pristine credit, Sen. Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/07/foreclosures?refid=0 Wed, 07 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Congressmen take testimony on mental health parity bill Minnesota Rep. Jim Ramstad, a Republican, joined forced with Democrat Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island Monday at a hearing to promote mental health parity in insurance coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/22/mentalhealth?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2007 14:40:35 -0600 National Guard confirms longer tour in Iraq Minnesota's 2,600 National Guard troops will remain in Iraq until July, according to the head of the Guard. Meantime, dozens of demonstrators in the Twin Cities Thursday morning denounced President's Bush's plans to increase the number of troops in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/protest1?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2007 16:41:36 -0600 Minnesota National Guard mission in Iraq extended The president's escalation of the war in Iraq will come from extending the tours of some National Guard units, including one based in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/10/natguard?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jan 2007 17:38:38 -0600 St. Paul soldier killed in Iraq The Minnesota Army National Guard says James Mathew Wosika Jr., 24, died on Tuesday in Fallujah. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/10/kia?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jan 2007 14:57:11 -0600 Minnesota delegation cool to use of more troops in Iraq Iraq was the most important issue in the mid-term elections and the war played a major role in stripping the GOP of its control of Congress. Now, most of Minnesota's delegation seems prepared to fight any proposal for additional troops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/05/washpol?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 17:00:01 -0600 New Minnesota members of Congress sworn in Rep. Keith Ellison became the first Muslim elected to Congress in the United States. Amy Klobuchar became the first elected female senator from Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/04/klobuchar?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jan 2007 12:19:55 -0600 Minnesotans arrive in Washington Three new members of Congress from Minnesota take office Thursday. They will bring diverse backgrounds and political ideologies to Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/03/threenewreps?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jan 2007 03:33:03 -0600 Dayton frustrated as he leaves Senate Mark Dayton wraps up his six years in the U.S. Senate saying he thinks President Bush and the GOP-controlled Congress failed regular Americans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/29/daytonobit?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2007 07:30:46 -0600 Minnesota Guard, due home from Iraq in March, may face no more mandatory deployments The Minnesota National Guard says 2,600 Minnesota troops deployed in Iraq can expect to return home on schedule in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/guardtalks?refid=0 Sun, 26 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Klobuchar races to easy victory in Senate race Democrat Amy Klobuchar sailed to an easy victory in the U.S. Senate race Tuesday, capitalizing on voter anger over the Iraq war to become Minnesota's first elected female senator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/07/kloken?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 03:00:00 -0600 State, federal candidates hit road as campaign winds down With the final debate behind them, the candidates for governor hit the road Monday with a series of campaign stops to energize their voters and search out those who are still undecided. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/06/roundup?refid=0 Mon, 06 Nov 2006 14:01:35 -0600 A closer look at the tax issue Would rolling back income tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans cause small businesses to cut jobs? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/03/taxes?refid=0 Mon, 06 Nov 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Iraq war dominates U.S. Senate race Minnesota's major party U.S. Senate candidates each offer a different approach to dealing with the war in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/19/iraq?refid=0 Thu, 26 Oct 2006 08:12:00 -0500 Laura Bush campaigns for Bachmann, Gutknecht Mrs. Bush was in Minnetonka Wednesday morning for a $500-a-plate breakfast for Bachmann and the Republican Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/25/bush?refid=0 Wed, 25 Oct 2006 13:04:43 -0500 Gutknecht facing tough challenge from Walz The race for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District has become competitive with a political newcomer running as a DFLer posing a serious challenger to six-term Republican incumbent Gil Gutknecht. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/24/firstdistrict?refid=0 Wed, 25 Oct 2006 07:07:57 -0500 UnitedHealth's stock drops after announcement of McGuire's departure UnitedHealth Group's stock dropped almost 2.5 percent Monday, the first business day after the company announced that its CEO, Dr. William McGuire, is stepping down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/16/mcguirefolo2?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Senate candidates sharply disagree about economy The Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate have radically difference approaches to tackling problems facing the nation's economy. Both want the deficit reduced, but would chart different courses to get there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/11/issuestaxes?refid=0 Thu, 12 Oct 2006 02:00:00 -0500 Ethics, foreign policy dominate 2nd District debate Coleen Rowley accused John Kline of "blind loyalty" to the Bush administration. Kline accused Rowley of violating her own call for integrity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/04/seconddebate?refid=0 Wed, 04 Oct 2006 15:22:21 -0500 Poll: Most Minnesotans unhappy with Bush The latest MPR/St. Paul Pioneer Press poll shows a continued erosion of support for President Bush in Minnesota. The pollster says the war in Iraq is to blame for the continued downslide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/26/bushpoll?refid=0 Wed, 27 Sep 2006 03:00:00 -0500 Ad theft 'illegal,' experts say A blogger directed Amy Klobuchar's Senate campaign staffer to a competitor's ad through a Web link. The blogger says he did nothing wrong. Some legal experts disagree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/21/bloggerdaytwo?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 16:37:14 -0500 Dayton blasts weather forecasters Dayton says he is "outraged" a tornado warning wasn't issued and is calling for an investigation into Weather Service practices. A 10-year-old girl was killed in the storm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/19/daytontornado?refid=0 Tue, 19 Sep 2006 12:24:42 -0500 A receding wave of enlistments Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, patriotism surged in the United States. So too did interest in serving in the U.S. military. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/05/enlistees?refid=0 Sun, 10 Sep 2006 22:00:00 -0500 Bush focuses on health care 'transparency' in Minnesota visit President Bush visited Minnesota Tuesday to promote a new health care "transparency" initiative, at an event in Minnetonka. The White House billed the event as a health care summit. The president used the forum to promote liability reform, new electronic medical record-keeping, and the pooling of small business health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/22/bushvisit?refid=0 Tue, 22 Aug 2006 11:23:30 -0500 Kennedy keeps distance from President Bush Mark Kennedy's 2006 Senate campaign has thus far kept a distance from President Bush, at least in TV campaign ads. Kennedy has however used the White House to raise more than $1.5 million in the last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/07/kennedycampaign?refid=0 Thu, 17 Aug 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Republicans scope out Twin Cities for 2008 national convention Republican National Committee members are in the Twin Cities surveying convention space. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/14/rncvisit?refid=0 Mon, 14 Aug 2006 15:15:33 -0500 Stricter security screening possible at airport Air travelers are coping with new security regulations in the wake of the alleged terrorist bombing plot uncovered in London. U.S. travelers are banned from bringing liquids on planes, and a second level of security screening for some passengers may begin early Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/10/airportreax?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2006 10:32:49 -0500 Kline, Rowley provide clear choice on Iraq Polls suggest the war in Iraq will be a major issue for voters in the November election. The two leading candidates in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District are on opposite sides of the war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/26/seconddistrict?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Goodbye to the real estate boom Newly released statistics show that June was another slow month for the Twin Cities housing market. Both new and existing homes, which not long ago would have been the subject of bidding wars between anxious buyers, are now sitting idle in a market increasingly flooded with sellers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/12/realityrealestate?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jul 2006 16:45:00 -0500 Democrats eyeball Minneapolis-St. Paul for '08 convention Minneapolis- St. Paul is one of four finalists under consideration to host the convention. Republicans have also put the Twin Cities on their short list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/dncc?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jun 2006 14:42:59 -0500 Pipeline project divides Minnesota landowners A subsidiary of Koch Industries is asking Minnesota regulators for permission to build a new 300-mile crude oil pipeline from northern Minnesota to refineries south of the Twin Cities. Some property owners say they do not want the line running through their land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/09/pipeline?refid=0 Sun, 18 Jun 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Klobuchar wins DFL Senate endorsement Klobuchar easily won the backing of the vast majoirity of delegates to the state DFL convention underway this weekend in Rochester, winning on the first ballot with 78 percent of the vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/09/conventionrecap?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jun 2006 14:32:53 -0500 DFLers set to endorse Klobuchar for Senate Delegates to the state DFL convention in Rochester will endorse Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar for U.S. Senate. But not all Democrats will leave Rochester united behind Klobuchar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/06/dflsenatepreview?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2006 20:00:00 -0500 Pelican Rapids schools at center of integration efforts Consider this statistic: Nearly one-half of Pelican Rapids second-graders come from homes where English is not spoken. That number, along with other measures of diversity in Pelican Rapids schools, forced the district to participate in a state integration program for schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/09/pelicandeseg?refid=0 Tue, 30 May 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's Congressional delegation shows deep divide on Iraq The Iraq war has lost lots of support among Americans. What do the members of the Minnesota delegation think we should do now? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/31/iraqcongress?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2006 00:01:00 -0500 A soldier's story from Iraq Coon Rapids resident Derek Burchill has been back from Iraq for a little more than a year. He can tell the 2,600 Minnesota National Guard troops who are now leaving for Iraq what it's like there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/23/iraqstory?refid=0 Fri, 24 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Families say farewells as Minnesota Guard leaves for Iraq Twenty-six hundred members of the Minnesota Army National Guard formally conclude six months of training for their fast-approaching deployment to Iraq Thursday at Camp Shelby in southern Mississippi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/guarddeparture?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2006 18:30:00 -0600 Funeral services set for Minnesotan killed in Iraq Friends and family say Andrew Kemple joined the military following the 9-11 terrorist attacks and believed strongly in the war on terrorism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/22/kemple?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2006 14:29:05 -0600 Bush expands on competitiveness initative during Maplewood visit President Bush, focused on America's ability to keep pace in a fast-changing world economy, urged Congress on Thursday to permanently renew a now-expired tax break for U.S. companies' research and development projects. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/02_zdechlikm_bush/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2006 12:38:00 -0600 How big are the coattails? On Thursday, President Bush makes his 18th stop in Minnesota since taking office. Given recent approval ratings, does his appearance cast a negative shadow on GOP candidates here? Or does it fire up the base? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/02_zdechlikm_bush/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2006 16:37:00 -0600 A glimpse into market-based health care Converting patients into consumers presents a series of challenges. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_zdechlikm_coninfo/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 13:43:00 -0600 Prescription for Change Companies are creating a host of ways to shift the cost of health care while encouraging employees to live healthy lifestyles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2006/01/healthcare/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 00:01:00 -0600 NWA bankruptcy hearings near end Attorneys for the two unions spent much of Thursday cross-examining one of Northwest's top finance officials, who earlier in the week told the court the airline is running out of money. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/19_zdechlikm_nwa/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2006 20:29:00 -0600 Northwest presses its cost-cutting plan as bankruptcy trial begins A federal bankruptcy judge is urging Northwest Airlines and two of its biggest unions to keep negotiating on a package of concessions. Tuesday, Judge Allan Gropper began hearing Northwest's request to reject the existing union contracts to save money. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/17_zdechlikm_nwatrial1/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2006 15:30:00 -0600 Bankruptcy trial looms for Northwest and unions Northwest airlines and two of its biggest unions have one day left to reach contract agreements. Tuesday, a bankruptcy judge takes up Northwest's request to reject the contracts of its unions, which have refused to accept its cost-cutting proposals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/16_zdechlikm_nwaupdate/?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jan 2006 21:51:00 -0600 Contract deadline looms for Northwest and its unions Contract negotiators for Northwest Airlines and its three largest unions are in New York, working to come to agreement on hundreds of millions of dollars in cost reductions. If they can't reach a deal, the matter will move to the hands of a federal bankruptcy court judge on Tuesday. Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik is in New York covering the talks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/01/13_zdechliknwa?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans prepare for war The Minnesota Army National Guard's First Brigade Combat Team is preparing for deployment to Iraq. Of the brigade's 4,000 soldiers, 2,600 are from Minnesota. The men and women are expected to ship out to Iraq this spring. They're going through training in southern Mississippi at Camp Shelby. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/28_zdechlikm_guard/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2005 16:47:00 -0600 Pastors gather in summit to argue for same-sex marriage ban The protests started early Thursday outside a summit meeting of pastors from evangelical and Roman Catholic churches who want the state constitution amended to ban gay marriage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/10_zdechlikm_marriage/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2005 15:48:00 -0600 Web site compares clinics' performance Health care providers and consumers in Minnesota have a new tool to help judge the performance of clinics and doctors. The organization Minnesota Community Measurement is providing side-by-side comparisons that allow clinics and consumers to measure quality. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/10_zdechlikm_healthmeasure/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2005 05:00:00 -0600 At the U of M, helping soldiers move from combat to the classroom For veterans of the war on terrorism, coming home from combat and returning to college can be difficult. Veterans say they don't feel like they fit in on campus and that the stress of academics coupled with the challenge of transition from military to civilian life is difficult. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/19_zdechlikm_vets/?refid=0 Sun, 30 Oct 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Wilf tries to repair Vikings' soiled reputation Minnesota Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf is pledging to turn around the team's performance, both on and off the field. Wilf has spent the past two days traveling the state outlining his plans for the troubled Vikings before civic groups. Wilf is speaking to groups around the state, trying to repair the team's repuation in the wake of an off-field scandal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/18_zdechlikm_wilf/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2005 17:44:00 -0500 Northwest Airlines asks that labor contracts be rejected Northwest Airlines Corp. filed a motion Wednesday to have its labor contracts rejected if it can't agree to new terms with its unions. The move was expected as the company works through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/12_zdechlikm_nwa/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2005 12:25:00 -0500 Court gives Northwest time to file reorganization plan Attorneys for Northwest Airlines made their first bankruptcy court appearance in New York on Thursday. The airline filed dozens of motions that will allow it to continue operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and to plan for reorganization. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/15_zdechlikm_overview/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2005 16:35:00 -0500 Northwest files for bankruptcy Northwest Airlines Corp.on Wednesday filed for bankruptcy, weighed down by high fuel and pension costs, low airfares and steep competition from rivals. The Minnesota-based carrier, whose mechanics have been on strike since Aug. 20, filed for Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy court in Manhattan. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/14_baxtera_nwa/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2005 14:49:00 -0500 Report: Northwest Airlines may file for bankruptcy Northwest Airlines' stocked plunged dramatically on Tuesday when the New York Times reported the airline is on the verge of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The report comes as the airline hires permanent replacements for striking mechanics. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/13_zdechlikm_nwa/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2005 14:36:00 -0500 FAA union: Inspector's memo leads others to raise concerns The union that represents Federal Aviation Administration inspectors says more FAA personnel are stepping forward and raising safety concerns about Northwest Airlines. A Twin Cities-based inspector wrote to FAA management three days into the strike, alleging maintenance errors by Northwest managers and replacement workers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/08_zdechlikm_faafolo/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2005 17:00:00 -0500 FAA inspector's memo details maintenance concerns at NWA Minnesota Public Radio News has obtained a Federal Aviation Administration inspector's memorandum detailing safety concerns about Northwest Airlines in the first few days of the strike by the airline's mechanics. Federal authorities are investigating the situation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/07_zdechlikm_faamemo/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2005 06:00:00 -0500 Early travel smooth in first day of Northwest mechanics strike Mechanics struck Northwest Airlines Corp. late Friday, resisting big pay cuts and layoffs that would have cut their numbers almost in half. The nation's fourth-largest airline pledged to keep flying with replacements. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/19_ap_nwastrikeday1/?refid=0 Sat, 20 Aug 2005 09:23:00 -0500 Though deal is elusive, strike at Northwest not a sure thing... yet Negotiators for Northwest and its mechanics union are back at the table in Washington after a long day on Wednesday. Both sides say they remain committed to working right up until Friday night's strike deadline if that's what it takes to get a deal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/18_zdechlikm_nwa/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2005 14:57:00 -0500 Northwest and mechanics still talking Negotiators for Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union will be back at the bargaining table again Wednesday, for talks aimed at reaching a contract agreement before Friday night's strike deadline. They worked for nearly 13 hours on Tuesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/17_ap_nwatalks/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2005 10:54:00 -0500 NWA and mechanics union return to bargaining table NWA and its mechanics union open talks in Washington, D.C, as a strike deadline looms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/15_zdechlikm_nwamon/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2005 07:20:00 -0500 Northwest planning cutbacks if mechanics strike While Northwest Airlines insists it will continue fully operating in the event of a strike, documents obtained by Minnesota Public Radio News by way of Northwest employees indicate the airline is also planning for possible flight cancellations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/09_zdechlikm_consumers/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2005 17:06:00 -0500 Minnesota National Guard prepares its largest ever deployment The head of the Minnesota National Guard says the state's largest troop deployment since World War II will take place next year. More than 2,000 Minnesota citizen soldiers will ship out to the Persian Gulf with most headed for Iraq. Guard troops say Department of Defense efforts to keep them better informed and to provide more support for their families, are helping to ease the strain of their war-time service. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/08_zdechlikm_natguard/?refid=0 Sun, 07 Aug 2005 15:00:00 -0500 New candidates for Senate in both parties Another Democrat is entering the 2006 race for U.S. Senate. Veterinarian Ford Bell formally launches his campaign Friday. On the Republican side, Vice President Dick Cheney will be in Minnesota raising money for Rep. Mark Kennedy, who's also running for Senate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/22_zdechlikm_senateupdate/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Budget bills are signed; spin control continues Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the remaining state budget bills Thursday, as he tried to shift the focus at the Capitol away from the bruising legislative session. Pawlenty and DFL leaders toured the state Thursday, to put their spin on the session's outcome. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/14_zdechlikm_budgetfallout/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2005 15:30:00 -0500 Budget deal seems close as talks keep going State leaders said Friday they were on the brink of ending Minnesota's unprecedented partial government shutdown, as a marathon negotiating session between Gov. Tim Pawlenty and top lawmakers stretched on into Friday afternoon. Both sides said an agreement was very close, but some DFL lawmakers have reservations about the details. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/08_mccalluml_day8/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2005 14:48:00 -0500 Former FBI whistle-blower runs for Congress FBI 9/11 whistle blower Coleen Rowley formally launched her campaign for congress today. Rowley is challenging Republican John Kline in the 2nd District. She's running as a Democrat even though she says until recently she voted pretty much straight-line Republican, including a vote for the congressman she's now trying to unseat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/06_zdechlikm_rowley/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2005 11:44:00 -0500 Minnesota 'should embarrassed' about closed rest stops Minnesota's partial government shutdown is affecting many holiday weekend travelers, since all but eight of the state's more than 250 roadside rest areas are closed. That's an inconvenience for many, and some visitors say Minnesotans ought to be embarrassed about the situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/07/01_reststops?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2005 15:00:00 -0500 3M chief McNerney leaves for top job at Boeing 3M is losing its chief executive officer to Boeing Co. Boeing announced Thursday that James McNerney is taking its top job. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/30_zdechlikm_mcnerney/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2005 09:30:00 -0500 Americans increasingly wary about war in Iraq As the war in Iraq drags on a growing number of Americans tell pollsters they think the invasion was a bad idea. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/27_zdechlikm_discontent/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2005 15:32:00 -0500 Bush promotes Medicare drug plan in Maple Grove President Bush made a brief stop in suburban Minneapolis Friday to promote prescription drug coverage options soon to be available to Medicare recipients. Bush appeared at the Maple Grove Community Center before several hundred invited guests. His visit brought out hundreds of supporters and critics for a duel of signs and slogans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/17_zdechlikm_bushvisits/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2005 12:40:00 -0500 Bush's &quot;town hall&quot; meetings draw criticism President Bush returns to Minnnesota Friday for the first time since last fall's election. Bush will hold what's being billed as a &quot;conversation on Medicare&quot; at the Maple Grove Community Center. Only invited guests will be allowed in. Critics say many of the president's appearances are open only to Bush supporters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/17_zdechlikm_folksybush/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Northwest mechanics prepare for strike Northwest Airlines mechanic's union scheduled strike preparation meetings Tuesday, as it continues to spar with the airline over contract talks. Union leaders urge the rank and file not to disrupt the airline's flight schedule with rogue job actions as the union prepares for the possibility of a legal strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/08_zdechlikm_nwaturmoil/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2005 13:00:00 -0500 Bankruptcy question a cloud over Northwest Wall street analysts say Northwest Airlines needs worker concessions to avoid a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The debate among investors is whether the airline will be able to win worker cutbacks in time to avoid bankruptcy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/03_zdechlikm_nwabankruptcy/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Army recruiters face tough sell Military recruiters say they have their work cut out for them as the strive to increase the number of people in the Army amid growing concern among parents about their kids enlisting. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/12_zdechlikm_recruiting/?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Small Twin Cities businesses unite in 'buy local' movement In the face of big-box retail stores owned by multi-national corporations, some Twin Cities area small business owners are banding together to promote shopping at local, independently-owned stores. Supporters of the &quot;buy local&quot; movement say there are many good reasons shoppers should avoid national chains like Target, Wal-Mart and Starbucks Coffee. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_zdechlikm_localbiz/?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Surviving in a small town Making a grocery store work is a struggle in rural Minnesota. Decreasing populations and increased competition from larger stores in bigger towns force small businesses to distinguish themselves by offering unique products and superior customer service. Retail analysts say those are keys to small business survival in the face of chain-store competition. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/17_zdechlikm_milanstore/?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Vick's intoxication raises questions for defense St. Paul police officials say they are reviewing their department's alcohol policy, in light of tests that determined Sgt. Gerald Vick had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit when he was gunned down one week ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/13_zdechlikm_vickfolo/?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2005 11:15:00 -0500 Police: Suspects in custody in officer shooting Two men were arrested Friday hours after the fatal shooting of a St. Paul police officer, the city's first since 1994. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/06_newsroom_shooting/?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2005 10:53:00 -0500 Marine pilot with Minnesota roots killed in jet crash in Iraq A U.S. Marine pilot who grew up in Woodbury, Minnesota, was one of the two men killed in Iraq when their jets crashed, the man's family announced. Capt. Kelly C. Hinz, 30, was killed in the crash over south-central Iraq Monday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/05_zdechlikm_soldierkilled/?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2005 11:01:00 -0500 Amy Klobuchar joins Minnesota's U.S. Senate Race Democrat Amy Klobuchar officially entered the race for U.S. Senate on Sunday. So far only Klobuchar and Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy have formally launched campaigns for the seat DFLer Mark Dayton will leave at the end of next year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/17_zdechlikm_klobuchar/?refid=0 Sun, 17 Apr 2005 20:32:00 -0500 Pawlenty for president or vice president? There's talk among some Republicans that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty might be a good candidate for president or vice president in 2008. Some say in addition to being in line with the GOP on the issues, Pawlenty could help win votes from Minnesota and other Midwestern battleground states. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/07_zdechlikm_pawlentynational/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0500 2006 U.S. Senate race attracting a lot of early money The 2006 campaign for U.S. Senate in Minnesota is off to an early start. More than a year and a half before election day candidates and those considering running have raised nearly $1.5 million. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/05_zdechlikm_fundraising/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2005 16:52:00 -0500 Video slots good for bottom line but costly for compulsive gamblers Several states depend on video lottery games for revenue. State-sponsored slots have proven popular among gamblers, and they're raised billions of dollars for governments. But researchers say the fast-paced nature of slot games can lead to compulsive gambling problems much more quickly than most other forms of betting. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/28_zdechlikm_slots/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Apr 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Red Lake members in Twin Cities grieve from a distance Many Red Lake band members live in the Twin Cities, nearly 300 miles from the Indian reservation. Many of them lost friends and family in Monday's shootings, or know someone who did. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/22_zdechlikm_react/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2005 15:00:00 -0600 No city yet willing to bet on casino The casino Gov. Pawlenty is proposing offers thousands of jobs and million of dollars in civic economic incentives, still no Minnesota community has stepped forward in hopes of becoming home to the casino. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/14_zdechlikm_casinosite/?refid=0 Sun, 13 Mar 2005 16:00:00 -0600 Rep. Kennedy turns Senate candidate Sixth District Rep. Mark Kennedy, R-Minn., has already begun campaigning for U.S. Senate even though Minnesotans won't vote for nearly two years. Democrats say Kennedy is shirking his House of Representatives duties in favor of his Senate bid. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/25_zdechlikm_campaignbegins/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2005 15:00:00 -0600 On Social Security issue, Minnesota delegation splits The future of Social Security is likely to dominate this year's Congress. Here's how the issue breaks down in the Minnesota delegation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/02_zdechlikm_socialsecurity/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2005 16:22:00 -0600 Report criticizes handling of gambling in Minnesota A report from the Minnesota Legislative Auditor says state gambling officials could be doing a much better job regulating Native American casinos, Canterbury Park's poker card room, and pull-tab operations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/18_zdechlikm_gambling/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2005 16:40:00 -0600 A year in the life of a swing state The 2004 presidential race proved Democrats and Republicans now view Minnesota as a state that could go either way. MPR's Mark Zdechlik takes a look back at a year in the life of a swing state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/31_zdechlikm_prez/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 2004 10:43:00 -0600 Pawlenty gambles with proposals for casino revenue Some Republican Party activists say GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty's call to use casino profits to help solve the budget shortfall threatens to divide Republicans, because it conflicts with the party platform. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/06_zdechlikm_govgambles/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2004 06:45:00 -0600 Demand for help with heating bills already strong this winter State officials and community service organizations are urging people who think they may need help paying their heating bills this winter to apply for heating assistance as soon as possible. Demand for assistance is expected to be strong this year. The cost of natural gas and oil is projected to be up by as much as a third over last year http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/26_zdechlikm_enassist/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Governor unveils Citizens' Budget Outreach Web site Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he's hoping Minnesotans will share their ideas about the state budget by logging onto a new Web site put together to collect citizen input. The site is designed to survey Minnesotans about state revenue and spending priorities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/26_zdechlikm_budgetsite/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Nov 2004 10:46:00 -0600 Bush rallies followers at Target Center President Bush used his latest appearance in Minnesota to urge Republicans to get supporters to the poll on Tuesday and he also appealed to Democrats for support. The Bush-Cheney campaign says 23,000 ticket holder turned out to see President Bush at the Target Center Saturday afternoon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/30_zdechlikm_bushmpls/?refid=0 Sat, 30 Oct 2004 16:48:00 -0500 Weighing the value of candidate visits President Bush is due back in Minnesota Saturday. Both the president and Sen. John Kerry have been frequent visitors to Minnesota throughout the presidential campaign. Political scientists say with the election just days away visits by the candidate can boost standings in the polls. They also say the campaign rallies go a long way toward bolstering voter turnout. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/29_zdechlikm_prezvisits/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2004 12:01:00 -0500 Foreign policy is in unusual role as biggest issue in presidential election If there is one defining issue in this year's presidential campaign, it's the war in Iraq. Democratic Sen. John Kerry charges President Bush's approach to the fight against terrorism is emblematic of a larger go-it-alone philosophy that's seriously damaged U.S. relations around the world. Bush accuses Kerry of underestimating demands of the war against terrorism and of taking numerous competing positions on Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/27_zdechlikm_preswar/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Bush and Kerry's economic plans: Less difference than meets the eye President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry have different ideas for improving the economy. Polls show the economy is an important issue for voters going into the presidential election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/20_zdechlikm_econissues/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2004 11:29:00 -0500 Bush rallies Minnesota faithful On the heels of Friday's heated debate with John Kerry, President George W. Bush was in Minnesota on Saturdday. Before a huge crowd of supporters in a park in Chanhassen, Bush ripped Kerry and pledged to &quot;whip&quot; him on election day. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/09_zdechlikm_bush/?refid=0 Sat, 09 Oct 2004 21:23:00 -0500 Minneapolis neighbors hope to be players in campaign ad battle A group of south Minneapolis neighbors that wanted to get involved in the presidential race has produced its own campaign commercial. The spot has Osama bin Laden endorsing the Bush-Cheney re-election effort. The ad contends President Bush's approach to the war on terrorism is strengthening al Qaeda. Campaign finance observers say while independent expenditures are certainly nothing new in presidential policies, they have yet to hear about a few neighbors actually producing an ad. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/08_zdechlikm_527startups/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2004 08:09:00 -0500 Education's role in the presidential campaign President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry have different approaches to education policy. Kerry says Bush is not calling for enough spending. Bush says Kerry's can't pay for his plan. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/06_zdechlikm_education/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 On eve of first Kerry-Bush debate, Cheney comes calling Vice President Dick Cheney made a couple of campaign stops in Minnesota on Wednesday. In the Twin Cities suburb of Lake Elmo, Cheney met with a handful of small business owners. He defended the war on terrorism and talked about ways to make health care more affordable. Later Cheney and his wife Lynne, appeared at a Town Hall Forum at a small plane manufacturer in Duluth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/29_zdechlikm_cheney/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2004 17:16:00 -0500 Campaign 2004: Health Care The rising cost and lack of availability of health care is a huge problem. The solution has eluded Washington lawmakers for more than a decade. Both presidential candidates are talking about the problem and proposing dramatically different solutions. As part of a Midmorning series, Slicing the Spin, MPR's Mark Zdechlik looks at those differences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/28_zdechlikm_healthcare?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2004 18:00:00 -0500 Undecided &quot;swing&quot; voters hold key to presidential election Some political analysts say with the nation so closely divided between Republicans and Democrats, independent &quot;swing&quot; voters hold the power to decide this fall's election. Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik spoke with an undecided &quot;swing&quot; voter about the Bush and Kerry campaigns. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/27_zdechlikm_indievoter/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2004 12:01:00 -0500 Bush seeks to turn up the pressure in Minnesota President Bush staged a fast and furious tour of Minnesota on Thursday, rallying in two cities and holding a health care forum in a third as two new polls showed him even with Democrat John Kerry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/16_zdechlikm_bushmn/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2004 14:09:00 -0500 Kerry campaign goes after undecideds Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Thursday laid out his plans for addressing the increasing cost of health care at a forum at Anoka Technical College. But health care wasn't the only issue on the minds of the audience. Kerry's scheduled 45-minute appearance expanded to nearly two hours as he tackled questions that veered well beyond the topic of the day. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/26_zdechlikm_kerryanoka/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2004 16:36:00 -0500 Comparing Bush, Kerry's plans for health care Here are brief summaries of the health care proposals put forward by President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry. More detailed information is available on the candidates' Web sites. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/26_zdechlikm_healthcomparison/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2004 18:00:00 -0500 Kerry and Bush offer dramatically different health care proposals President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry have radically different approaches to addresses the rising cost of health care. President Bush would direct most incentives to individuals who buy their own coverage, while Sen. Kerry would provide businesses that provide workers with health insurance with tax breaks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/25_zdechlikm_healthcare/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2004 16:44:00 -0500 Edwards discusses health care on a Belle Plaine front porch It has been a busy couple of weeks of presidential politics in Minnesota, and there's no sign the campaign pace will slow down. President Bush will be back in the state next week for a campaign rally in downtown St. Paul. Friday evening, Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards rallied supporters gathered in the Twin Cities suburb of Rosemount. He campaigns in Belle Plaine, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota Saturday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/13_zdechlikm_edwards/?refid=0 Sat, 14 Aug 2004 09:51:00 -0500 LRT riders accused of hogging street parking Some south Minneapolis residents who live near the new light rail line complain that commuters are taking up all of the residential street parking. City and transit officials say they hope the addition of more park-and-ride spots will ease the strain on local residents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/02_zdechlikm_parkingwoes/?refid=0 Sun, 01 Aug 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Registered traveler test program at MSP could be extended The Transportation Security Adminsitration says its trial run of the &quot;registered traveler&quot; program is going so well it's considering extending the life of the project. The program allows some frequent flyers to bypass regular security checkpoints in their home airports by agreeing to background checks and identity verification through fingerprint and iris scans. The TSA launched the pilot program at the Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport in early July. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/26_zdechlikm_security/?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jul 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Bush courts voters in Democratic territory -- Duluth Thousands of people turned out to hear President Bush at a campaign rally in Duluth Tuesday evening. The president's visit comes on the heels of a northeastern Minnesota campaign stop by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry earlier this month. In Duluth, Bush told supporters he -- not Kerry -- represents the values of the nation's heartland. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/13_zdechlikm_bushduluth/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2004 19:00:00 -0500 President Bush mining votes on traditional DFL turf President Bush is making a stop in northern Minnesota for an evening rally at the Duluth Convention Center. The Bush campaign visit comes a little more than a week after Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry appeared at a rally just outside of Duluth in Cloquet. DFLers say northeastern Minnesota is solidly Democratic and that the president is wasting his time trying to pick up votes there. But Republicans say many residents of northern Minnesota agree with the president on key issues and they're not giving up on any part of the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/13_zdechlikm_bushsetup/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2004 19:00:00 -0500 U.S. military faces recruiting and retention challenges Armed forces recruiting and retention are running strong now, but Department of Defense officials say they expect some challenges ahead. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/06_zdechlikm_soldiers/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Thousands gather for Kerry appearance in Cloquet John Kerry kicked off a three-day bus tour of Middle America on friendly turf Friday, in traditionally Democratic territory that has also felt the sting of the war in Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/02_zdechlikm_kerry/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2004 16:59:00 -0500 Laura Bush campaigns for the president First Lady Laura Bush told a cheering crowd in St. Paul Friday afternoon her husband has worked hard for all Americans since becoming president, and it's time for Americans to help re-elect him and Vice President Cheney. Laura Bush's stop in Minnesota was part of a two-day swing through three states considered to be battlegrounds in this fall's presidential election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/18_zdechlikm_firstlady/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2004 15:42:00 -0500 High-tech screening offered for frequent travelers The Transportation Security Administration has announced plans to begin testing its &quot;Registered Traveler&quot; program at several airports around the country. The TSA will launch the pilot program later this month at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Travelers willing to volunteer will provide federal officials with personal information, including fingerprint and electronic scans of their iris. Once approved, those travelers will be able to use special security checkpoints. Proponents say the program will save people time and improve security. But some people say they'd rather wait in the regular lines than submit to the scrutiny the new program will require. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/16_zdechlikm_airportsecurity/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2004 16:09:00 -0500 Kerry rolls out campaign for the veterans' vote in Minneapolis visit Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Friday celebrated the &quot;special bond&quot; he shares with other veterans across the country as he formally rolled out his campaign for the traditionally conservative-leaning veterans' vote. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/04_zdechlikm_kerryvisit/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2004 16:00:00 -0500 John Kerry trying to tap support from vets John Kerry thinks he can attract veterans who usually vote for Republicans because, Kerry says, the Bush administration has &quot;broken faith with veterans.&quot; The Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign claims it has solid support from veterans that's not eroding. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/04_zdechlikm_kerrysetup/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Hatch alleges sex offenders were housed at nursing home Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch has filed a consumer-fraud lawsuit alleging a north Minneapolis nursing home has exposed vulnerable adults to dangerous sex offenders. Hatch alleges the Department of Corrections placed inmates as patients at Concordia Care Center. The suit claims some of them assaulted other patients, including a woman with the mental capacity of a 10-year-old. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/26_zdechlikm_offenders/?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2004 12:51:00 -0500 Dayton and Coleman: No more Minnesota nice The cordial relationship between Minnesota's two U.S. senators has disappeared. DFL Sen. Mark Dayton used a speech at the state DFL convention on Saturday to sharply criticize Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. That's after Coleman was critical of Dayton's position on U.S. involvement in the Iraq war. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/22_zdechlikm_daytonreax/?refid=0 Sat, 22 May 2004 20:45:00 -0500 Wetterling's campaign theme: Children are our future DFLers have made it official: Patty Wetterling is the party's choice to unseat Republican Mark Kennedy this fall in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. The unanimous endorsement came before Saturday's DFL state convention in Duluth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/21_zdechlikm_wetterlingconv/?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2004 22:17:00 -0500 Is Minnesota still a DFL state? The DFL is rebuilding following several electoral defeats and hoping newfound unity will translate to success in November. The DFL has been on a losing streak, suffering a string of electoral setbacks in recent years. Will the party's efforts change its fate in November? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/21_zdechlikm_dfl/?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2004 11:26:00 -0500 Wetterling jumps into broader political arena in Congress bid Patty Wetterling made it official Tuesday, announcing her candidacy for Minnesota's 6th Congressional district. She'll run as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy. Tragedy has given Patty Wetterling tremendous name recognition. In 1989, her son Jacob was abducted at gunpoint near his St. Joseph home, and he's been missing ever since. Wetterling has spent 14 years pushing for state and national legislation to deal with violence against children. Now Wetterling will need to convince people her candidacy is about more than one issue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/11_postt_wetterling/?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2004 15:25:00 -0500 Wetterling's popularity no guarantee she can win in the 6th District Missing childrens' advocate Patty Wetterling popularity gives her a big boost in the 6th Congressional District, but she'll need more than name recognition to win and unseat Republican incumbent Mark Kennedy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/10_zdechlikm_6dist/?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2004 12:52:00 -0500 Harrington recommended as next St. Paul police chief Cmdr. John Harrington, a 26-year veteran of the St. Paul Police Department, is the choice of a special committee to become the city's next police chief. Mayor Randy Kelly has the final say over the nomination to the City Council. Kelly spent Wednesday interviewing Harrington and other finalists. Harrington says he hopes he'll be the mayor's choice to replace William Finney, who's retiring this summer after 12 years as head of the department. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/05_zdechlikm_stpaulchief/?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2004 16:15:00 -0500 Big crowds, big bucks for Kerry in Minnesota stop Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says a fundraising stop in Minneapolis Monday night pushed his campaign over the $80 million mark. Kerry appeared at the Minneapolis Convention Center where he energized Minnesota's DFL base and reached out to independent voters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/03_zdechlikm_kerry/?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2004 07:25:00 -0500 Kerry tries to repel Bush in Minnesota Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic candidate for president, is due in Twin Cities Monday evening for series of fundraisers at the Minneapolis Convention Center. His visit comes on the heels of one by President Bush, in a state that appears to be a swing state in the November election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/03_zdechlikm_kerrysetup/?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Bush came, spoke and raised money President Bush raised $1 million on a swing through Minnesota Monday. Bush appeared at an invitation-only fundraiser at the Edina home of real estate developer David Frauenshuh. The president also addressed the American Association of Community Colleges, calling for new investments in high-tech innovation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/26_zdechlikm_bushvisit/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2004 15:19:00 -0500 Minnesotans more likely to get hit by AMT -- twice Congress created a special tax a generation ago in hopes of forcing all Americans, even those with numerous deductions, to pay at least some income tax. Minnesota followed suit and established its own alternative minimum tax in the late 1970s. Experts say both taxes no longer serve their original purposes. Increasingly, the &quot;alternative minimums&quot; are catching middle-income workers, not the wealthy tax avoiders they were designed to reel in. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/12_zdechlikm_tax/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2004 15:02:00 -0500 Tax created to go after rich now hitting middle class A special tax designed in the late 1960s to prevent wealthy Americans from skirting the income tax is now snaring middle income earners. That's because the Alternative Minimum Tax has never been adjusted for inflation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/13_zdechlikm_avmintax/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2004 12:01:00 -0500 Minnesotans are among the thousands serving in Iraq One year ago the U.S. launched its attack on Iraq. Since then hundreds of thousands of troops, including thousands of Minnesotans, have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/19_zdechlikm_vets/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2004 14:41:00 -0600 Beyond Bake Sales School fundraising is a multi-billion dollar business nationwide, and shows no signs of shrinking -- schools say tight budgets are forcing them to seek funding any way they can. Traditionally, that's meant turning students into a sales force marketing candy, wrapping paper, and frozen pizzas. Increasingly, schools are also making more direct pleas for support. As the contributions grow, critics worry about exacerbating inequities between school districts based on their ability to raise funds from private sources. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_pugmiret_fundraisinghome/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2004 12:00:00 -0600 One teacher's shopping list Julie Blaha teaches seventh and eighth grade math at Jackson Middle School in Champlin. Blaha has kept track of the amount of money she spends out of her own pocket for supplies for her students. In 2003, she spent $844 on classroom supplies. Here's a rundown of her expenses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_zdechlikm_suppliessidebar/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 01:00:00 -0600 The big business of school fundraising School fundraising sales are big business in the United States. Revenue from all of the pizza, candy, wrapping paper and everything else students sell, runs into the billions of dollars every year. And it's not just school groups that are cashing in. The hundreds of businesses that help organize and supply school fund drives are making a lot of money as well. It's an industry that's as competitive as it is profitable. One of the largest education fundraising enterprises, Club's Choice Fundraising, is headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_zdechlikm_funderprofile/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 01:00:00 -0600 A wish list for school supplies Common now in public education are classroom supply &quot;wish lists,&quot; sent home to parents at the beginning of the school year. But even with generous donations, most teachers say they're spending increasing amounts of their own money to purchase classroom supplies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_zdechlikm_supplies/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 01:00:00 -0600 School fundraising: A non-stop campaign Fundraising sales have long been a part of going to school. Most adults remember selling candy and other items to help finance school extras like field trips or language camps. But as financial pressures strain education budgets, many schools are turning to fundraisers to pay for basic programs --- even classroom supplies. Some teachers, school administrators and parents think there's too much selling in public education. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_zdechlikm_fundraising/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 01:00:00 -0600 Cheney in Minnesota to raise money, morale for Minnesota Republicans Vice President Dick Cheney rallied Minnesota Republicans at a campaign fundraiser on Monday with a speech that defended the Bush administration's foreign policy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/23_zdechlikm_cheney/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2004 14:19:00 -0600 Carter calls for peaceful solutions to world conflict Former President Jimmy Carter says the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was completely unwarranted. Carter spoke Saturday at the 16th annual &quot;Nobel Peace Prize Forum&quot; at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Carter was president from 1977-1981, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his efforts to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts. Carter also said the U.S. should worker harder to peaceably resolve conflicts with other nations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/22_zdechlikm_jimmycarter/?refid=0 Sat, 21 Feb 2004 17:30:00 -0600 Funeral held for Minnesotan killed in Iraq Funeral services were held on Thursday in Elk River for Patrick Dorff, an Army helicopter pilot who crashed in northern Iraq late last month and apparently drowned in the Tigris River. Dorff, who grew up in Buffalo, Minn., joined the Army to gain flying experience and to earn money for college. The 32 year old left behind a wife and a young daughter along with a long list of friends and admirers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/12_zdechlikm_dorff/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2004 16:08:00 -0600 MPR Poll: Minnesotans not warming to stadium plans A Minnesota Public Radio-St. Paul Pioneer Press poll found a majority of Minnesotans think coming up with taxpayer-backed stadium plans for the Twins, the Viking and the Gophers should not be a legislative priority. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/02_zdechlikm_stadiumpoll/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Sen. Mark Dayton marks halfway point of first term Minnesota U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., is marking the halfway point of his first term with plans to increase his visibility and to begin raising the millions of dollars he says he'll need for his 2006 re-election campaign. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/05_zdechlikm_daytonprofile/?refid=0 Sun, 04 Jan 2004 15:00:00 -0600 One year after taking office, Norm Coleman is a political lightning rod Norm Coleman says he's living up to his campaign promise to &quot;get the job done&quot; in Washington. Minnesota DFL Party leaders say he has focused on building up his own public profile, not on helping Minnesotans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/26_zdechlikm_coleman/?refid=0 Sun, 28 Dec 2003 15:16:00 -0600 Does Mark Kennedy have higher goals? Some of the biggest political speculation in Minnesota has nothing to do with the 2004 election. Instead, it's looking ahead to 2006 when DFL incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton is up for re-election. One of the names most often mentioned as a Republican who might challenge Dayton is 6th District Congressman Mark Kennedy, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2000. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/24_zdechlikm_kennedyprofile/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2003 01:00:00 -0600 NTSB blames pilots for crash that killed Wellstone, 7 others Investigators today laid the blame for the plane crash that killed Senator Paul Wellstone and seven others in October 2002 squarely in the laps of the pilots. They told a hearing of the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington that the plane crashed because the pilots waited too long to lower the plane's landing gear. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/18_zdechlikm_ntsbreport/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2003 10:11:00 -0600 Mondale and Boschwitz ponder presidential politics The presidential election is just a year away, and Democrats and Republicans are saying Minnesota is a toss-up. Former Vice President Walter Mondale says he thinks Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the Republican leadership in Washington. Former Republican Sen. Rudy Boschwitz says President Bush is vulnerable now; but Boschwitz says a year is a long time, and he's predicting the issues will break in Bush's favor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/03_zdechlikm_presidential/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Memorials keep Paul Wellstone's memory alive Some supporters of Sen. Paul Wellstone continue to display Wellstone campaign signs and more personalized memorials to the Senator, even a year after his death. They say the memorial comforts them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/23_zdechlikm_memorials/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Former Vice President Walter Mondale reflects on 2002 Senate election A year after the plane crashed that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., and seven others, former Vice President Walter Mondale talks about the Senate election in which he took Wellstone's place on the ballot. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/20_zdechlikm_mondale/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2003 15:00:00 -0500 'Camp Wellstone' builds on legacy of late senator Some of the people closest to the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, think they've found a way to build on Wellstone's legacy. Wellstone Action is training people in the grassroots-style politics of Wellstone, by holding Camp Wellstones throughout the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/20_zdechlikm_camp/?refid=0 Sun, 19 Oct 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Coal gasification plant: worth the tradeoff? Iron Rangers are excited about the prospects of a new multi-billion dollar power plant, proposed for Hoyt Lakes. The proposal is part of a controversial energy bill which includes a provision allowing oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., says he's tempted to vote for the bill because it has many good things for Minnesota. Supporters say the project will create badly needed electricity for Minnesota, and even more badly needed jobs for the Iron Range. The project's been quietly making headway since first proposed about two years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/01_kelleherb_coalgas/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2003 16:00:00 -0500 Friends of alleged shooter think teasing was final straw High School classmates of the 15-year-old accused in the shooting at Ricori High School in Cold Spring say they are still in shock. The classmates and a neighbor say Jason McLaughlin gave no indication that he was capable of violence. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/25_zdechlikm_reax/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2003 16:41:00 -0500 U.S. soldier injuries mount in Iraq Much of the news about the war on Iraq has focused on the death toll of U.S. soldiers. The seriously wounded get less attention, even though they significantly outnumber the dead. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/19_zdechlikm_injuries/?refid=0 Sun, 14 Sep 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Bush holds fundraiser in St. Paul President Bush pulled in more than $1 million Tuesday at a downtown St. Paul fundraiser for his re-election. Speaking at the RiverCentre in front of several hundred people, Bush touted his accomplishments in the White House over the past two and a half years, and said his work in Washington has only begun. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/26_zdechlikm_bushvisit/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2003 13:10:00 -0500 President's seventh visit to Minnesota to raise campaign funds President Bush visits Minnesota Tuesday to raise money for his 2004 re-election campaign. The president will appear at a $2,000 a plate lunch in downtown St. Paul that is expected to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for his campaign. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/25_zdechlikm_bush/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2003 16:00:00 -0500 Something old, something new at the fair The Minnesota State Fair opened for business Thursday with Gov. Tim Pawlenty greeting some of the first visitors early in the morning. As always, there's a mixture of new attractions and old standbys at the fair, which officials hope will draw more than 1.75 million people over the next 10 days. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/21_zdechlikm_fairfirstday/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2003 16:40:00 -0500 Gun advocates question State Fair's gun ban When the Minnesota State Fair opens Thursday, visitors will see signs at entrances banning guns from the fairgrounds. Fair officials say the ban on guns has been in place for decades, and makes practical sense. Gun rights advocates say the fair has no legal authority under Minnesota's new concealed carry law to prevent permit-holders from bringing handguns to the fair. They say if the fair goes ahead, it'll likely face a lawsuit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/20_zdechlikm_statefairguns/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 16:38:00 -0500 Soldier wounded in Iraq on the mend back home in Minnesota This weekend Pfc. Michelle Loftus, 19, will be honored with a celebration at her family farm near Rochester. Loftus was seriously injured in an attack near Baghdad in mid-July. Loftus is lucky to be alive. She is now on the mend in Dover, Minn. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/06_zdechlikm_soldier/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2003 15:24:00 -0500 Minnesotans slammed by New Access New Access Communications has drawn customer complaints from Minnesotans similar to complaints in other states which led to regulatory fines. Gov. Tim Pawlenty had connections to the Minneapolis-based telephone company while he served in the Legislature. New Access officials say the vast majority of their customers are satisfied despite consumer protection settlements in three states and an ongoing investigation in Minnesota by Attorney General Mike Hatch. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/21_zdechlikm_slamming/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2003 11:44:00 -0500 A death in Baghdad Funeral services will be held this week in Shakopee for Edward James Herrgott, the first Minnesotan to die in the war with Iraq. Herrgott, a member of the 1st Armored Division, fell victim to sniper fire while on patrol in Baghdad on July 3. His family and friends want him remembered as a regular kid who was working to hard to become a responsible adult. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/14_zdechlikm_iraq1/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Tornado thrashes Buffalo Lake Police Chief Greg Gowan saw the tornado coming - a &quot;perfect funnel cloud - black as oil,&quot; roaring toward his city. The twister ripped the roofs off homes, tossed power lines to the ground and sent residents of this town of 770 to their basements Tuesday night. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/25_newsroom_storms/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2003 17:14:00 -0500 Ailing economy remains politically important concern for Bush In a state he narrowly lost in 2000, President Bush said Thursday the new tax cuts he supports will &quot;put wind at our back&quot; and boost the lagging economy that is on the minds of many would-be voters. Democrats seeking to bump Bush from the White House hope he will be vulnerable on the economy during next year's presidential race. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/19_zdechlikm_bush/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2003 15:35:00 -0500 Rick Kahn says he has no regrets about Wellstone eulogy More than seven months after the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone and seven others, the man who changed the tone of the public memorial service for the victims into a political rally-like atmosphere says he doesn't understand why. In an in-depth interview with Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik, Rick Kahn spoke about his memorial service comments and the ensuing political fallout. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/04_zdechlikm_kahn/?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jun 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty, DFLers campaign around the state Gov. Pawlenty and DFL legislative leaders began separate tours of the state on Monday to talk about the 2003 session. The governor achieved much of his legislative agenda, and is highlighting the accomplishments of the session. Democrats, on the other hand, believe the Republican-backed budget will erode Minnesota's quality of life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_mccalluml_pawlentyvsdfl/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 14:09:00 -0500 The Minnesota Personal Protection Act takes effect Minnesota's Personal Protection Act takes effect today, making it much easier for people to receive permits to carry handguns. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/28_zdechlikm_guns/?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Ventura makes brief appearance on national cable network Former Gov. Jesse Ventura has begun weekly appearances on MSNBC as a run-up to what the cable network says will be an hour long, primetime show. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/16_zdechlikm_ventura/?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2003 09:44:00 -0500 Coleman leads Senate hearing on homeland security Law enforcement officials and representatives from the transportation and shipping industries told a U.S. Senate panel meeting in the Twin Cities Monday they are much better prepared for terrorism now than they were on Sept. 11, 2001. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., convened a hearing of the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in Anoka to discuss terrorism preparedness. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/12_zdechlikm_terrorhearing/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2003 15:56:00 -0500 The battle for concealed carry The Minnesota Personal Protection Act became law following a seven-year gun lobby effort led by a group called Minnesota Concealed Carry Reform NOW!. Several lawmakers say legislative maneuvering which circumvented conventional debate in the Senate resulted in legislation that should have been more closely scrutinized. Some lawmakers also say concealed carry passed because some legislators were afraid to vote no. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/08_zdechlikm_politicsguns/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota banks beginning to thumbprint new account holders Hundreds of Minnesota banks are expected to begin requiring new customers to provide thumb prints in an effort to crack down on the growing problem of identity theft. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/24_zdechlikm_fingerprints/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2003 10:59:00 -0500 Taxpayers League puts 'fear of God' into lawmakers In just five and a half years, the Taxpayers League of Minnesota has become a major political force in Minnesota. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty is one the main supporters of the league and its no new taxes theme. Critics, many of them DFLers, accuse the league of misrepresenting the tax debate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/15_zdechlikm_taxpayers/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2003 17:00:00 -0500 Terror preparations in the heartland The Bush administration is asking Americans everywhere to prepare for possible terrorist attacks but people in the Midwest feel less vunerable to terrorism than do people in major coastal cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/21_zdechlikm_terrorhere/?refid=0 Sun, 16 Mar 2003 13:22:00 -0600 Four months later, questions remain in Wellstone crash probe The recent release of hundreds of pages of National Transportation Safety Board documents still leaves many unanswered questions about what happened to the flight that killed Paul Wellstone and seven others last October. It will likely be months before the NTSB issues a final report on the crash. Although no clear cause has yet emerged, several areas stand out as possible factors. They include weather, pilot incompetence and problems with navigational equipment at the Eveleth- Virginia Airport. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/03_zdechlikm_wellstone/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2003 15:10:00 -0600 Faulty navigation beacon may have been factor in Wellstone crash Documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board appear to lessen the likelihood that airframe icing played a role in the October 2002 crash that killed U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone and six others, but raised new questions about the Eveleth-Virginia Municipal Airport's guidance beacon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/21_zdechlikm_wellstonecrash/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2003 12:38:00 -0600 Can Coleman &quot;get it done?&quot; Republican Norm Coleman begins his first full week as a U.S. senator Monday. The former St. Paul mayor campaigned for Senate on a &quot;Get it done&quot; theme, telling Minnesotans they should expect politicians to work together, regardless of party affiliation. Coleman faces many opportunities and challenges as he tries to keep that promise. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/13_zdechlikm_colemanfuture/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2003 06:00:00 -0600 Minnesota delegation split over Bush economic plan As the 108th Congress begins work, Republicans and Democrats are sharply divided over how to revive the economy. Democrats say President Bush is trying to cut taxes for the wealthy under the guise of an economic stimulus plan. Some Republicans are accusing Democrats of class warfare as they look ahead toward the next round of elections. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/08_zdechlikm_taxreact/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2003 17:53:00 -0600 Coleman takes Senate oath Republican Norm Coleman has taken the oath of office as Minnesota's newest U.S. senator. Coleman was sworn in by Vice President Dick Cheney, with family and friends looking on. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/07_zdechlikm_colemansworn/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2003 13:12:00 -0600 Coleman wraps up get-to-know-you trip to Washington Sen.-elect Norm Coleman has had a busy few days in the nation's capital. On Thursday, he met with Minnesota's senior senator, Mark Dayton. He also met with interim Sen. Dean Barkley, attended a White House receptoin, a Republican Senate caucus meeting and a Pentagon security briefing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/15_zdechlikm_coleman/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2002 01:00:00 -0600 Washington remembers the Wellstones Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle was among those remembering Paul Wellstone, his wife and his daughter at a memorial service held at a Washington D.C. synagogue Wednesday night. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/14_zdechlikm_wellstonememorial/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2002 10:00:00 -0600 Republicans 'fired up,' Coleman says Republican Sen.-elect Norm Coleman met in Washington on Wednesday with congressional Republicans to look ahead to strategy for the next session of Congress. For the first time in more than five decades Republicans will control the House, the Senate and the White House. The meeting came hours before a Washington memorial service for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/14_zdechlikm_colemandc/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2002 17:02:00 -0600 Senators pay tribute to Wellstone As Congress and the White House move toward passage of a homeland security bill, Minnesota's interim senator, Dean Barkley, says he plans to vote for something that the White House will support. Vice President Dick Chaney swore in Barkley on the floor of the Senate on Nov. 12. Following that brief ceremony, Republican and Democratic senators praised Wellstone for hours with eulogies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/12_zdechlikm_senatetribute/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2002 17:05:00 -0600 Barkley to remain independent Interim Minnesota Sen. Dean Barkley announced Monday he will be an independent during his brief stay in Congress, enabling Democrats to remain in control when the Senate begins a post-election session this week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/12_zdechlikm_barkleydecides/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Coleman celebrates victory Republican Norm Coleman Wednesday celebrated his election to the U.S. Senate. Coleman defeated former Vice President Walter Mondale, who entered the race less than a week ago, taking Sen. Paul Wellstone's place on the ballot after Wellstone was killed in a plane crash. After a long night of vote counting, Mondale conceded defeat Wednesday morning. Unofficial results show Coleman beat Mondale by 50 percent to 47 percent -- almost 50,000 votes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/06_zdechlikm_senate/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Mondale mines votes in northern Minnesota Senate candidate Walter Mondale spent the weekend holding town meetings in rural Minnesota. On Sunday, he visited a farm outside of Moorhead in northwestern Minnesota. On Saturday, he visited the Iron Range. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/03_zdechlikm_mondale/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Senate candidates touring the state Vice President Dick Cheney campaigned Friday afternoon outside of Duluth for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman. Coleman has been canvassing areas outside of the Twin Cities since Wednesday, when he restarted his campaign following the death of Sen. Paul Wellstone. Wellstone's replacement, Walter Mondale, took his campaign to southern Minnesota for two town hall meetings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/01_zdechlikm_senatecamp/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Mondale accepts nomination Minnesota's Democrats loudly approved former Vice President Walter Mondale Wednesday night as a last-minute fill-in for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/31_zdechlikm_mondale/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Senate candidates his campaign trail Minnesota DFL U.S. Senate candidate Walter Mondale hit the campaign trail for the first time since the mid-1980s on Thursday. As Mondale's campaign rapidly unfolds, Republican Norm Coleman continues to push on with his so called "The Future is Now" campaign swing outside of the Twin Cities metro area. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/31_zdechlikm_senate/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Debate challenge breaks period of Wellstone mourning Minnesota Democrats are furious at state Republican leaders, who issued a challenge for debates between Sen. Paul Wellstone's replacement on next week's ballot and Republican Senate candidate Norm Coleman. Democrats are accusing Republicans of disrespect for issuing the challenge on the day Wellstone was buried in a private ceremony. Wellstone, his wife, daughter and five others died Friday in a plane crash on the Iron Range. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/28_zdechlikm_campaign/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Investigators begin search for cause of Wellstone plane crash As Minnesota and the nation mourn the loss of Sen. Paul Wellstone, an army of investigators and law enforcement continues to comb the scene where the plane he was on crashed on Friday morning, Wellstone, members of his family and his staff, died when the small plane they were traveling in crashed on approach to the Eveleth-Virginia municipal airport. Local and state officials say they have no idea what caused the deadly crash. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/26_zdechlikm_investigation/?refid=0 Sat, 26 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Senate candidates disagree over economy The four major party candidates for U.S. Senate were back on the debate stage Monday. DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone, Republican Norm Coleman, Independence Party candidate Jim Moore and Ray Tricomo from the Green Party talked about business and economic issues at a forum in St. Cloud, which was sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/21_zdechlikm_sendebate/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2002 13:30:00 -0500 Four Senate candidates debate in Rochester The major party candidates for U.S Senate talked about a variety of terrorism-related concerns at a League of Women Voters debate in Rochester. For the first time since the State Fair, all four major party candidates were on the debate stage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/18_zdechlikm_sendebate/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Senate candidates focus on economy The focus in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race has shifted from the issue of war with Iraq to domestic economic concerns. Front runners Republican Norm Coleman and DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone are both talking up plans to revive the nation's economy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/16_zdechlikm_senatebiz/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Coleman, Wellstone debate; Moore, Tricomo shut out The frontrunners in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race stepped out from their campaign commercials for the first time since the State Fair to debate the issues. DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone and Republican challenger Norm Coleman appeared on Twin Cities Public Television, fiercely challenging one in other in areas from national defense to campaign advertising. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/12_zdechlikm_sendebate/?refid=0 Sat, 12 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Senate candidates spar over prescription drug plans Republican U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman is promoting a plan to reduce the cost of prescription drugs for seniors. Coleman sharply criticizes DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone for being unable to deliver such a plan. For his part, Wellstone accuses Coleman of supporting the pharmaceutical industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/09_zdechlikm_senatedrugs/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Suburbs may hold key to Wellstone effort The Twin Cities suburbs are a key battleground for Sen. Paul Wellstone. Polls show Wellstone and his Republican challenger Norm Coleman are running neck and neck statewide, but that Wellstone is trailing Coleman in the suburbs. The same polls show Wellstone enjoys a lead in rural Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/07_zdechlikm_suburbs/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Wellstone states opposition to Iraq war U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, DFL-Minn., spoke out on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday against unilateral U.S. action against Iraq. Wellstone says he will vote "no" on the use-of-force resolution the White House is requesting. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/03_zdechlikm_wellstoneiraq/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Coleman calls for support of strike on Iraq As President Bush presses Congress for authority to attack Iraq, the issue is taking a higher profile in Minnesota's U.S. Senate campaign. DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone says he expects the Senate will vote next week on a White House resolution that would give President Bush authority to act against Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/23_zdechlikm_iraq/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Wellstone, Coleman duel with Social Security ads A new round of ads may have made it more difficult to figure out just what Minnesota's two leading U.S. Senate candidates have in mind for the Social Security system. The campaigns of Sen. Paul Wellstone and challenger Norm Coleman are airing Social Security ads criticizing each other's positons. But none of the ads does much to explain just what the candidates would do for the keeping the system solvent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/20_zdechlikm_socsec/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Wellstone, Coleman race remains tight, poll says A new Minnesota Public Radio-St. Paul Pioneer Press poll indicates the U.S. Senate race remains very tight. Despite millions of dollars in campaign spending, DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone and Republican challenger Norm Coleman are locked in a statistical dead heat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/18_zdechlikm_senpoll/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Ad Watch; With time running out, gloves are off A new television ad promoting Republican Norm Coleman's U.S. Senate campaign is drawing criticism from the re-election campaign of DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone. The ad, put together by the Republican Party of Minnesota, attacks Wellstone for votes against military spending, tax cuts and welfare reform. The ad moves Minnesota's highly contested Senate race in a new, gloves off, direction. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/16_zdechlikm_adwatch/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Green Party Senate primary growing more intense Less than a week before the primary election, there is a growing divide in the Green Party over who should represent the Greens in the U.S. Senate race. A political newcomer -- Ed McGaa -- won the support of Green Party delegates at their convention earlier this year, but he has since said several things that conflict with the Green party's platform. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/04_zdechlikm_greensenate/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Ad Watch: Social Security Republican Norm Coleman's U.S. Senate campaign is accusing incumbent Democrat Sen. Paul Wellstone of using scare tactics in a new television ad about Social Security. Wellstone is standing behind the ad and some political analysts disagree on whether the Wellstone's social security message is misleading. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/29_zdechlikm_adwatch/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Food, fun and politicking at the fair Just as much a part of the Minnesota State Fair as midway rides, 4-H displays and food of all kinds, are politicians working potential voters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/26_zdechlikm_faircampaign/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Corporate responsibility the talk of Senate campaign Republican U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman calls for more government powers to seize ill-gotten gains from corrupt business people. Incumbent DFL Senator Paul Wellstone says he's glad Coleman is talking about corporate accountability, but thinks Minnesotans will trust him to stand up to stand up to corporate wrongdoers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/20_zdechlikm_senatecorporate/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Candidates debate wildlife management, gun control Most of the major party endorsed candidates for U.S. Senate and governor made their way to a sportsmen's show in Anoka over the weekend to talk about issues important to hunters. KFAN radio sponsored two forums, one for the Senate candidates and one for the gubernatorial hopefuls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/19_zdechlikm_gamedebates/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota to test for chronic wasting disease The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has unveiled plans to test thousands of hunter-harvested deer this fall for chronic wasting disease. Although the disease has not yet been found in any Minnesota deer, tests have found more than two dozen infected deer in Wisconsin. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/16_zdechlikm_cwdtesting/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Gubernatorial hopefuls debate ag policy The four major party endorsed candidates for governor debated farm and rural policy issues Wednesday under a big tent at Farmfest in southwestern Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/07_zdechlikm_govdebate/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Senate candidates in first debate The four endorsed major party candidates for U.S. Senate met on Tuesday in southwestern Minnesota for their first debate of the campaign season. DFL incumbent Sen. Paul Wellstone, Republican challenger Norm Coleman, Independence Party candidate Jim Moore and Ed McGaa from the Green Party talked primarily about farm economy issues at Farm Fest near Redwood Falls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/06_zdechlikm_sendebate/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Coleman, Wellstone battle over national defense Republican U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman accuses DFL incumbent Sen. Paul Wellstone of voting for Bush defense bill for political reasons and says had past Wellstone-backed policies been adopted, more U.S. soldiers would have died in Afghanistan. Wellstone campaign accuses Coleman of "low blow politics" and says Coleman is trying to get votes by politicizing the Sept. 11 tragedy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/24_zdechlikm_senatedefense/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Coleman, Wellstone in neck-and-neck money race too Both major candidates in the U.S. Senate race are raising money at a rapid rate, although each is trying to paint the other as the fundraising underdog. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/16_zdechlikm_softmoney/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Independence Party endorses Penny, Moore Gubernatorial candidate Tim Penny wowed the crowd gathered here Saturday for the Independence Party convention, playing simultaneously on his similarities and differences with Gov. Jesse Ventura. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/14_zdechlikm_ipconfab/?refid=0 Sun, 14 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Ad war breaks out in Senate race An all-out advertising war has broken out in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race over the estate tax issue. And a battle has also broken out between Norm Coleman and Paul Wellstone over what role outside interests will play in campaign advertising. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/28_zdechlikm_adwatch/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Some Ventura supporters may spend election day on the sidelines With Jesse Ventura out of the race for governor, Minnesota's Republican, Democratic and Green Party candidates are each claiming Ventura supporters will flock to their respective camps. That may be wishful thinking. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/20_zdechlikm_venturaspeople/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Coleman endorsed for Senate Delegates to the Republican state convention unanimously endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman, in his campaign to unseat DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone. Coleman wasted no time in attacking Wellstone's record. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/14_zdechlikm_coleman/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Senate candidate camps debate Coleman education ad Republican Senate candidate Norm Coleman is defending claims about education in his campaign's latest TV ad. The chair of the St. Paul School Board is among a group of Democrats calling the ad misleading and demanding the Coleman campaign pull it off the air. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/03_zdechlikm_education/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Rural Minnesota is Senate race's battleground For Norm Coleman support from voters in rural Minnesota could be critical in his race for U.S. Senate. Polls have shown he and Paul Wellstone are running neck and neck statewide, but that Wellstone enjoys a comfortable lead over Coleman in greater Minnesota. Not surprisingly, Coleman is campaigning aggressively outside the metro area, mixing farm policy with his broader campaign themes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/03_zdechlikm_rural/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Wellstone officially opens bid for third Senate term Paul Wellstone officially embarked Tuesday on a campaign for a third term in the U.S. Senate, a race he didn't intend to run and one that will factor heavily in the Washington power struggle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/28_zdechlikm_wellstone/?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Crusader becomes issue in Minnesota Senate race The possible loss of hundreds of defense industry jobs in Minnesota has become a political issue. The Bush administration has announced it's canceling development of the Crusader artillery system being designed in Minnesota. Republican Senate candidate Norm Coleman is accusing incumbent Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone of not doing enough to help save the Crusader and the Minnesota jobs associated with the program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/09_zdechlikm_crusader/?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Moe wins DFL Party endorsement; GOP says he's easy to beat Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe beat State Auditor Judi Dutcher and State Sen. Becky Lourey to win the party endorsement over the weekend. Republicans say DFL delegates could not have picked an easier candidate to beat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/05_mccalluml_dflgov/?refid=0 Sun, 05 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Campaign 2002 Profile: Judi Dutcher The state DFL party holds its convention this weekend, and the main business of the 1,300 delegates will be to choose a candidate for governor. Three candidates are seeking the endorsement: State Auditor Judi Dutcher and state Senators Roger Moe and Becky Lourey. They all say they'll abide by the delegates' decision. This week we'll take a look at each of the three candidates starting with State Auditor Judi Dutcher, who says she represents the future of the Minnesota DFL. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/30_zdechlikm_dutcher/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Candidates scramble for cash; polls show Wellstone may be in trouble Money by the millions of dollars continues to pour into Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone raised more than $1.5 million for his re-election campaign during the first three months of the year. Meanwhile, in the matchup of incumbents for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, Republican Mark Kennedy and Democrat Bill Luther raised almost identical sums in the first quarter. But Luther has almost twice as much money in the bank. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/16_zdechlikm_finance/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Best Buy bucks recession Minnesota-based Best Buy Co., the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, is expected to report record-breaking profit for its past fiscal year which ended last month. Despite the difficult economic conditions, Best Buy's stock has surged over the past year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/01_zdechlikm_bestbuy/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Coleman's White House connections on display during Bush visit Republican Norm Coleman says his Senate campaign easily raised more than $1 million thanks to President Bush. After an address at Eden Prairie High School, the president posed for pictures and spoke to hundreds of Republican donors who paid $1,000 or more at a Coleman fundraiser in downtown Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/04_zdechlikm_bushvisit/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Money, broken pledge may dominate Wellstone re-election bid Minnesota's senior U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone plans to officially kick off his reelection campaign in late spring. Wellstone has been busy raising money for a race that's likely to break Minnesota campaign spending records. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/11_zdechlikm_wellstone/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Coleman could get boost from Bush in Senate bid Former St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman Monday formally launched his bid to unseat two term Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone. Before a crowd of several hundred supporters gathered at Harriet Island, Coleman pledged to work across party lines on behalf of Minnesotans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/12_zdechlikm_coleman/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Too good to be true? Donald Watkins, the Alabama businessman who says he wants to buy the Minnesota Twins, paints a picture almost too good to be true. If he buys the team, he says he will not hold fans hostage by threatening to move the Twins. And he says wants to build the Twins a new stadium without asking taxpayers to help foot the bill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/31_zdechlikm_watkins/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 A bad year for the St. Paul Companies The St. Paul Companies Wednesday reported a fourth quarter net loss of $736 million, pushing losses for all of 2001 beyond $1 billion. The nation's fifth largest business insurer says it has higher hopes for the new year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/23_zdechlikm_stpaulco/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Labor launches drive to roll back tax breaks The Minnesota AFL-CIO is calling on state lawmakers to reverse several tax cuts, which they say benefit upper-income Minnesotans and businesses at the expense of working people. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/22_zdechlikm_taxcuts/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Northwest's fourth quarter beats expectations Northwest Airlines posted a $256 million loss in the fourth quarter as air travel dropped sharply following the Sept. 11 attacks, but the loss wasn't as bad as analysts expected. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/17_zdechlikm_nwaearnings/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura looks at all budget options Gov. Jesse Ventura says Minnesotans will likely be more open to major governmental reform with the state facing a projected budget deficit of nearly $2 billion. Ventura says he'll use his State of the State speech on Jan. 3 to help Minnesotans learn how state taxes are spent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/27_zdechlikm_ventura/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Pessimism reigns in area economic outlook Economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis are predicting sluggish economic growth next year. That's one finding of the Minneapolis Fed as it unveiled its annual year ahead outlook. The bank's reserachers say unemployment will rise and personal income will likely fall around the region in 2002. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/12_zdechlikm_econ/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Pohlad says he's not paying for a legacy In an exclusive interview with Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad confirmed Major League Baseball has singled out the Twins and the Montreal Expos as the franchises that would fold if baseball contraction goes as planned. Pohlad has become the focal point of fan anger and criticism over the prospect the Twins will vanish. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/07_zdechlikm_twinspohlad/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Government bailout helps Northwest Airlines in third quarter A government bailout helped Northwest Airlines Corp. finish in the black during the third quarter even as air travel slowed precipitously following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/25_zdechlikm_nwaearnings/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Guard unit ready for front lines of bioterrorism http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/18_zdechlikm_natguard/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesotans say they're hurting from economic shock wave http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/08_zdechlikm_econhearing/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura agrees to Guard troops at airport http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/27_zdechlikm_airportsecurity/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 MAC cuts airport spending; NWA stops payments Officials with the Metropolitan Airports Commission say they've instituted massive cost cutting because of a more than $20 million budget shortfall. The MAC says revenue from operations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport is falling because of scaled-back flight schedules there and airport officials say compounding problems is Northwest's decision not to pay for its operations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/26_zdechlikm_mac/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The Northwest Ripple State officials say Northwest's troubles will have a broad, ripple effect through the state economy. For every job lost at the airline, two more positions will be lost elsewhere in Minnesota. The state is asking the federal government for millions of dollars in emergency dislocated worker funding. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/25_zdechlikm_workers/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Northwest pares schedule as flights increase at Twin Cities airport Northwest Airlines plans to cut its schedule by 20 percent systemwide by Oct. 1 in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the airline said Saturday http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/15_newsroom_nwacuts/?refid=0 Sat, 15 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities airport service still on hold Airlines and airports across the country are scrambling to meet new Federal Aviation Administration security rules. Twin Cities-based Northwest Airlines, along with other carriers, has government clearance to begin bringing back some international flights which were diverted to cities outside of the United States Tuesday. Minneapolis St. Paul Airport officials say the airport here will be ready to open - under heightened security - when the FAA permits the resumption of regular scheduled service. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/12_zdechlikm_airport/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota reacts to attacks Minnesotans reacted to news of the terrorist attacks with the same shock, anger and sorrow that has engulfed much of the nation. Many businesses closed for the day amid heightened security and a call for calm from public officials. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/11_zdechlikm_reaction/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Labor leader leaves legacy of activism Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bernard Brommer is retiring this week after 25 years in labor leadership. During Brommer's years of labor activism, union membership has fallen dramatically in Minnesota and throughout the country. But Brommer says he sees a resurgence of interest in unionism - driven largely by economic globalization, which he says is enriching corporate executives at the expense of working people. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/30_zdechlikm_brommer/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Session 2001: The Tax Debate The decision by the Minnesota Legislature to largely take local property taxes out of school funding will mean massive property-tax cuts for home and business owners. The tax bill also fundamentally changes Minnesota tax policy, by shifting some of the property-tax burden from businesses to homes. Supporters say the changes will make Minnesota businesses more competitive, and force local governments to be more accountable for their spending. Critics worry the sum total of the property tax changes will be property tax increases for people who can least afford to pay. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/03_zdechlikm_taxes/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 SuperTarget arrival spawns union effort Target Corporation has ambitious plans to double the size of its namesake discount chain over the next decade. The company hopes to achieve much of the growth in its relatively new SuperTarget division. SuperTargets add groceries to the store's traditional mix of merchandise. The first two Minnesota SuperTargets are slated to open at the end of July in Shoreview and Rochester. SuperTarget's entrance into Minnesota is prompting promises of a major union organizing campaign. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/02_zdechlikm_target/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The tax debate: A delicate balance Business leaders say to remain competitive Minnesota must continue cutting taxes. Critics of the plan say it would shift the burden of paying property taxes from businesses to homeowners. They say homeowners pay enough already and there are good reasons for commercial and industrial properties to pay a higher rate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/22_zdechlikm_tax/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Anderson putting his imprint on Northwest Airlines Northwest Airlines new CEO. says management and unions need to find a better way to handle contract negotiations to improve relations. Richard Anderson, who took the top job in April, says with employee support, Northwest will be strongly positioned for growth over the next several years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/18_zdechlikm_nwaanderson/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Bush Visit is the Start of the Senate Campaign President Bush will be in Minnesota Thursday releasing the Republican administration's new energy policy. Political analysts say it's no coincidence the president is coming to St. Paul, given the city's mayor Norm Coleman has all but officially launched a campaign to unseat DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone. They also say Minnesotans can expect a steady stream of big name Democrats and Republicans, and almost certainly more visits from President Bush, leading up to next year's election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/16_zdechlikm_prez/?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The Bottom Line on the Front Lines While economists debate whether the economy has hit bottom, real-world managers are faced with hard choices; none tougher tougher than the decision to lay off workers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/02_zdechlikm_frontline/?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Northwest and Mechanics Agree to Terms Northwest Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association have reached a tentative contract agreement. The breakthrough in the four- and-a-half-year-old dispute came after two days of meetings in Washington, D.C. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/09_zdechlikm_nwacontract/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The Final Four's Financial Boost Thousands of NCAA basketball fans are arriving in the Twin Cities for the Final Four men's basketball tournament this weekend. It's the second time the event has come to Minneapolis. All the official Final Four events are in downtown Minneapolis, but restaurants and hotels throughout the Twin Cities are seeing a big spike in business. The influx of money couldn't come at a better time of the year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/29_zdechlikm_finalfour/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Northwest, Mechanics Talks Break Down Northwest Airlines mechanics remain on the job under presidential order as a three-member Bush administration-appointed panel begins an investigation of the airline's labor dispute. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/12_zdechlikm_nwa/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Mechanics Prepare for Strike at Northwest Airlines With 11th-hour negotiations scheduled, mechanics at the nation's fourth-largest airline are preparing for a strike. Many have been working extra jobs to save money, which they will use during a walkout. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/02_zdechlikm_nwa/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Countdown to a Strike Leaders of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association are urging Northwest Airlines mechanics to prepare for a strike in less than a month even though President Bush says he'll keep the workers on the job past the 30-day cooling-off period if an contract agreement isn't reached. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/11_zdechlikm_nwa/?refid=0 Sun, 11 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 The Economics of 'Public Panic' Throughout the country people are losing their jobs as companies struggle with decreased sales. Rising energy costs, a sagging stock market, and declining consumer confidence threaten to derail the nation's longest economic expansion. Economists worry Minnesotans will talk their way into a recession. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/16_zdechlikm_recession/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Energy Prices Increase Demand for Audits http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/29_zdechlikm_energy/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Destination: Mexico Gov.Jesse Ventura embarks on his second major foreign trade mission. Ventura will lead a delegation to Mexico where he'll promote Minnesota exports. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/20_zdechlikm_ventura/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Bruce Vento, 1940-2000 DFL Congressman Bruce Vento died eight months after announcing his diagnosis with lung cancer and decision not to seek re-election. Vento held Minnesota's 4th Congressional District House of Representatives seat for nearly 24 years. He's remembered as a champion of working people, the environment and the homeless. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/10_zdechlikm_vento/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Senate Candidates Debate; Dayton Sells Stock Democratic Senate candidate Mark Dayton says he has sold all of his individual stock holdings. Republican incumbent Senator Rod Grams has been calling Dayton a "hypocrite" for selling energy and pharmaceutical stocks now that's he's running for office. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/02_zdechlikm_sendebate/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 A Turnaround for the St. Paul Companies After a major restructuring, one of the nation's largest insurance companies, The St. Paul Companies, appears to be on much firmer ground now than it was just a couple of years ago. Analysts say the St. Paul got out of personal insurance at the right time and that the company is poised to take advantage of the improving commercial insurance market. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/24_zdechlikm_spcos/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Sun Country's Arrival Has Lowered Prices for Twin Cities Travelers The number of options for people flying in and out of the Twin Cities has increased dramatically over the past year. Minnesota-based Northwest Airlines still dominates the market, but several low fare carriers are now operating out of the Twin Cities airport, most notably Sun Country Airlines. U.S. Department of Transportation statics show air fares to markets where competition has taken hold have dropped significantly. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/25_zdechlikm_suncountry/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Airports Commission Opposes Mergers Consultants to the Metropolitan Airports Commission say if American Airlines buys Minnesota-based Northwest, the Twin Cities would likely remain a hub. But they say there would be fewer flights and airfares would probably increase. The MAC has voted unaminously to oppose the United-US Airways deal which industry observers say would trigger consolidation throughout the airline industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/17_zdechlikm_mac/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 What's Ventura Promoting? The governor is once again defending his extra-gubernatorial activites amid criticism he's more interested in promoting himself than representing Minnesotans as the state's highest elected official. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/16_zdechlikm_ventura/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Restless Jesse Governor Ventura tapes an episode of his favorite soap opera, then defends making money on state time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/14_zdechlikm_soap/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura Promotes Tourism, Makes Soap Opera Debut Governor Jesse Ventura has accepted an invitation to help represent the U.S. tourism industry at a major trade show in Berlin in March 2002. For now, however, he says he's mixing business and pleasure in his California trip, promoting Minnesota tourism while taping appearances on a soap opera and NBC's &quot;The Tonight Show&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/14_zdechlikm_ventura/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Ad Watch: Lillehaug's Radio Strategy DFL Senate candidate David Lillehaug has taken to the airways with a pair of unusual five-minute radio campaign ads. Staffers say it's a much better way to get their candidate's message to voters than standard 30-second commercials. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/25_zdechlikm_adwatch/?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Session 2000: Ventura's Reaction Governor Ventura criticizes the lawmakers who criticized his leaving the state in the waning hours of the legislative session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/10_zdechlikm_venturareax/?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Ad Watch In a new television campaign ad, DFL Senate candidate Mike Ciresi tries to counter the fat-cat image some voters may have of him. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/04_zdechlikm_adwatch/?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Ad Watch: Grams Republican Senator Rod Grams rolled out his first re-election television ad this week. It's the beginning of an effort to bolster the image of a politician with relatively low approval ratings for an incumbent. Third in a series. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/06_zdechlikm_adwatch3/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura Testifies Before Congress on China Trade Governor Jesse Ventura spent the day in Washington urging Congress to approve broad long-term trade relations with China. Ventura brought what he called a comon sense message about free trade in testimony before the one of the most powerful committees of the House. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/31_zdechlikm_venturachina/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The Republican Workhorse Republican Rod Grams wants a second term in United States Senate. And he pledges to continue his tax cutting crusade is he's elected this fall. But as one of the most conservative members of the Senate representing a relatively moderate state, many consider Grams vulnerable in November. And there's a long list of people who hope to unseat the Republican. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/24_zdechlikm_grams/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura's Popularity Rebounds A Minnesota Public Radio - St. Paul Pioneer Press poll finds a majority of registered Minnesota voters think Governor Jesse Ventura is doing a "good" or "excellent" job. Ventura's popularity is rebounding since his controversial comments to Playboy magazine last fall. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/06_zdechlikm_venturapoll/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura the Lobbyist Governor Jesse Ventura has wrapped up his National Governors Association trip to Washington. Last night the governor co-hosted a Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau dinner with Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton. Today he met with Minnesota's congressional delegation. Ventura also lobbied for federal legislation to help Hmong refugees who helped the United States during the Vietnam War. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/29_zdechlikm_venturawash/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Just One of the Govs Minnesota's governor is not the attraction at the National Governors Association conference that he was last year. Jesse Ventura says his lower profile suits him fine. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/28_zdechlikm_venturawash/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Civility Rules in DFL Senate Race The six announced DFL candidates for U.S. Senate agree with each other on most political issues and, so far, the wide field of DFLers hoping to unseat Republican Rod Grams is saving criticism for the incumbent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/23_zdechlikm_sendem/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura Takes a Walk After months of fighting with Ross Perot-backed forces in the National Reform Party, Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura says he's disassociating himself with the national party, but not before taking some parting shots at the politicians he's leaving behind. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/11_zdechlikm_jessewalks/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Senate Candidates Appeal to DFL Insiders The DFL candidates for U.S. Senate pressed the flesh with party leaders gathered at a St. Louis Park school Saturday for a meeting of the party's central committee. In addition to passing out buttons and bumper stickers, the candidates addressed the delegates.Description all on one line. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/07_zdechlikm_senatedebate/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Yanisch Joins Senate Race Former Minneapolis Community Development Agency head Rebecca Yanisch has entered the race for U.S. Senate, joining a group of Democrats hoping to unseat Republican Rod Grams. Yanisch is the only woman in the campaign so far and she expects that will bode well for fundraising. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/03_zdechlikm_yanisch/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Socrates' Stadium Philosophy An East coast man with a history of unrealized stadium plans around the country has unveiled another, this time for the Minnesota Twins and the Vikings. Socrates Babacas says he has a plan to build a $350 million retractable roof stadium in the northern Twin Cities suburb of Lino Lakes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200001/07_zdechlikm_stadium/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2000 12:00:00 -0600 What Now? Now that St. Paul voters have rejected a stadium tax to lure the Minnesota Twins to the Capitol city, attention in the stadium debate is shifting back to Minneapolis. Community leaders there say the time has come for them to find a solution that will satisfy the Twins' and the Vikings' needs. But they also say a firm proposal may not come forward until the 2001 legislative session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/04_zdechlikm_whatnow/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 On the Bandwagon Although e-commerce is still a relatively small part of consumer spending, several Minnesota-based operations are about to take the plunge in a big way. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199908/09_zdechlikm_ecommerce/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Case Against Kathleen Soliah Police officers in Los Angeles have a vivid memory of the bombs allegedly planted by the Symbionese Liberation Army. They say only luck kept them alive. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199908/03_zdechlikm_soliah/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Is Holland the One? The University of Minnesota considers the University of Virginia's athletic director to replace ousted basketball coach Clem Haskins. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/16_zdechlikm_holland/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 On the Job Honeywell employees react to sale of their firm to AlliedSignal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/08_zdechlikm_honeywell/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Air Battle Launched Over Minnesota Upstart Sun Country takes on Northwest at Minneapolis hub. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/31_zdechlikm_sun/?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Chaos at Northwest? Flight attendants and ground workers may adopt a new strategy to force a contract settlement by driving passengers elsewhere. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/20_zdechlikm_nwachaos/?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Strike? Northwest Airlines' flight attendants resume negotiations, but prepare for the possibility of a strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/23_zdechlikm_nwa/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Agri-business Under the Microscope Some politicians want feds to investigate consolidations. Companies say that's &quot;simplistic.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/16_zdechlikm_ag/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Big Get Bigger Farmers and others are concerned about proposed mergers between agribusinesses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/15_zdechlikm_merger/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Why Worry? Small businesses not very concerned about Y2K. They should be. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/26_zdechlikm_y2k/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Curt Carlson Dies at 84 Minnesotan built empire from his start in trading stamps. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/22_zdechlikm_carlson/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Gambling Debate to Resurface An old plan may find favor with a new governor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/08_zdechlikm_slots/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Tourism Gets Gubernatorial Boost Ventura's budget includes increasing the Office of Tourism's advertising budget by $5 million. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/28_zdechlikm_tourism/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 NWA Chief Targets Labor Woe Northwest Airlines Chief Executive Officer John Dasburg recently talked with Minnesota Public Radio Business Reporter Mark Zdechlik in a rare interview regarding the future of one of Minnesota's largest employers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/11_zdechlikm_dasburg/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 New Workers, New Practices Welfare reform is challenging businesses to reapproach hiring practices. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/15_zdechlikm_workers/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Catching the Real Estate Wave Low interest rates and a strong economy make today's housing more affordable than ever. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199803/11_zdechlikm_houses/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Cutting Clinton Some Slack Poll shows Minnesotans willing to reserve judgment on Clinton's alleged misconduct until facts are in. (Report includes complete <a href=http://news.mpr.org/features/199801/29_zdechlikm_poll/poll.htm>poll results</a>.) http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199801/29_zdechlikm_poll/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 1998 12:00:00 -0600