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Front page for June 19, 2015
Published June 19, 2015 at 8:58 am
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Former Sen. Rod Grams dies at 65
Published October 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm
Former Republican U.S. Sen. Rod Grams has died. Grams had been battling cancer and recently entered hospice care at his farm near Crown. He died late in the evening Tuesday, Oct. 8. Talking about his illness on Sept. 7, Grams, 65, had expressed a sense of peace. “I’m real confident where I am...
Welcome to the ‘suds-burbs’
Published July 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm
Metro-area brewers plan to quench the thirsts of craft beer drinkers The alchemy of malt, barley, hops, yeast and water is producing liquid gold in Twin Cities suburbs. Craft beer is being brewed in Stillwater, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, Brooklyn Center, Roseville, Lino Lakes, with breweries...
Same-sex marriage legal on Thursday
Published July 26, 2013 at 11:33 am
Debate momentum slows politically, but dissent could show in elections The historic turn of midnight will uncork celebration. Wedding gatherings on the eve of Aug. 1 anticipate the legalization of same-sex marriage in Minnesota. After the stroke of midnight, Minnesota will join 13 states where...
Bachmann brought attitude to politics
Published June 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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Michele Bachmann didn’t care two cents for the barking dogs. One windy, cold autumn afternoon in 2002, a reporter accompanied then-state Sen. Bachmann as she door knocked on doors in a part of Lino Lakes. Redistricting pitted Bachmann against an incumbent Democratic state senator, and the race...
Bachmann: ‘My future is full, limitless’
Published May 30, 2013 at 11:28 am
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, one of Minnesota’s most colorful and controversial politicians in a generation is moving on from Congress. Bachmann announced by video Wednesday she had decided not to seek a fifth term in the U.S. House. “I have every confidence that if I ran, I would defeat again...
Housley’s TIF bill interests panel
Published April 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm
ST. PAUL — Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki and resident Gary Elert heard positive comments about the tax increment finance legislation before the Senate Tax Reform Committee on Thursday. “We’re very curious,” said committee Chairwoman Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope. Sen. Karin Housley, R-St. Marys...
Hann sensed trouble for GOP election night
Published December 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm
ST. PAUL — Republican state Sen. David Hann sensed trouble while watching the early returns from the East Coast on election night. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was under performing, and as the top of the Republican ticket began taking on water, Hann began worrying whether the...
New Commissioner takes the helm at DEED
Published November 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm
ST. PAUL — Can Baby Elephant Ears wave the state’s economy into a brighter future? Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Katie Clark, with a smile, suggests lessons can be learned. Clark, 31, was recently appointed by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to lead the state...
New reality at Capitol
Published November 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Democrats step toward power; Bakk said budget top priority ST. PAUL — Republican and Democratic leaders began stepping away from power and toward it in the aftermath of Tuesday’s election. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, indicated at a press conference Wednesday that he did not...