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Fire damages Cottage Grove home
Cottage Grove soldier home for Christmas
Weather chills roundabout work at south Washington County intersection
Stone Soup Thrift Shop in St. Paul Park sees coat shortage
Newport police reports for Dec. 19: Theft, fire, fight, attempted burglary
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Boys Hockey: Raptors win a defensive battle
Boys Basketball: East Ridge stems Woodbury's rally to improve to 8-1
Girls Basketball: Royals stay unbeaten with win over East Ridge
Park Girls Soccer: Neitz, Paleen to take over program as co-head coaches
1,000 and counting: Sid Tomes racks up points, wins at East Ridge
Run, Run, Rudolph: Cottage Grove running club gets into the holiday spirit
PHOTO GALLERY: Holiday Train stop in Cottage Grove
Holiday Train fundraiser rolls in $105,000 for food shelf
Sugar rush: Cookie customers line up for Queen Esther sale in St. Paul Park
PHOTOS: Breakfast with Santa in Cottage Grove
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Editorial: No steam lost in Holiday Train return to Cottage Grove
Letter: Help ensure all kids receive a gift
Viewpoint: What happened to all of the trials?
Letter: Benefit for Tom Gustafson was a huge success
Viewpoint: Providing flood relief in south Washington County
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May 29, 2013
Bachmann opts against another House term
Eight is enough. That is the message Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann delivered early Wednesday when she announced that she will leave the...
May 29, 2013 - 10:50am
May 28, 2013
Legislative session issue recap: From budgets to booze, guns to gay marriage
ST. PAUL -- Here are how some issues fared at the recently completed 2013 Minnesota Legislature: Bonding: Gov. Mark Dayton and House Democrats wanted to borrow $750 million to $800 million for public works projects around the state, but Republicans and Senate Democrats favored something...
May 28, 2013 - 11:19am
May 15, 2013
After bill signing, gay couples ready for married rights
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's gay community never has known such joy. That joy showed Tuesday night as American and rainbow flags flew in front of the state Capitol when Minnesota became the 12th state to embrace same-sex marriage. Minnesota gays and their supporters could not contain...
May 15, 2013 - 9:40am
May 13, 2013
Democratic leaders release budget outline; details to be negotiated
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota political leaders have spent months preparing state budget plans, and eight days before the Legislature must adjourn for the year they announced they have reached agreement on some tax and spend guidelines. Included in the budget framework is that the state...
May 13, 2013 - 6:39am
May 9, 2013
Minnesota House approves gay marriage; Schoen supports, McNamara opposes
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is a vote and a signature away from becoming the 12th state to allow gay marriage. The House voted 75-59 today to eliminate an existing gay-marriage ban in state law. A Senate vote comes Monday and Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign the bill. Even Republicans...
May 9, 2013 - 3:14pm
Historic marriage vote brings emotions with it
ST. PAUL -- Anticipation. Frustration. Elation. Love. Anger. Patience. Impatience. Today's House vote on gay marriage attracted the range of emotion as Minnesotans began arriving at the Capitol this morning. A midday start was anticipated for debate on a bill that would allow same-sex...
May 9, 2013 - 10:39am
May 1, 2013
Majel Carroll gets Cottage Grove's Volunteer of the Year award
For all of her working life, Majel Carroll was employed at various public agencies writing grants and setting up programs for people in crisis. When she retired, she just went on doing what she's good at, helping people. For her volunteer service as executive director of the Stone...
May 1, 2013 - 8:53am
March 8, 2013
Minnesota Senate approves online health insurance sales
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans should be able to buy health insurance online later this year, with legislators only still needing to wrap up the details. Senators debated 12 hours, ending late Thursday with what is believed to be a single-bill debate record, before approving 37-28 the Minnesota...
March 8, 2013 - 11:29am
After weeks of complaints, Dayton to drop business sales tax plan
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton heard the complaints and is revising the tax reform proposal he announced six weeks ago. Gone is a business-to-business sales tax that drew most of the ire.
March 8, 2013 - 10:12am
March 7, 2013
Legislative notebook: New gun bill would do less than earlier bills
ST. PAUL -- The author of a new gun bill says she wrote it as a compromise, but those who already have related bills are not buying it. Rep. Debra Hilstrom, DFL-Brooklyn Center, on Wednesday announced a bill that falls short of what the Legislature's judiciary chairmen plan to discuss...
March 7, 2013 - 8:46am
March 5, 2013
Minnesota health insurance marketplace moves ahead
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans either will get a better deal on health insurance or they will face problems if the Legislature and governor agree on a new way for 1.3 million Minnesotans to buy health insurance. That is how the debate boils down about a bill the Democrat-controlled House...
March 5, 2013 - 1:55pm
Gay marriage debate returns to Capitol; Schoen and Sieben support, but say budget the priority
ST. PAUL - Those on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate use the same argument: It is about families. Both camps made their case Wednesday, Feb. 27, as Minnesota lawmakers released a proposal that would allow gay couples to wed. "We are affirming that thing that we all...
March 5, 2013 - 1:49pm
March 3, 2013
Legislative notebook: Assault weapon ban not in new House gun bill
ST. PAUL -- It looks like the Minnesota Legislature will not ban assault weapons or large-capacity ammunition clips this year. Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, Thursday unveiled a bill wrapping together a series of gun initiatives he said he thinks can pass.
March 3, 2013 - 9:08pm
February 16, 2013
Katie Sieben Viewpoint: Education funding, tax fairness are highlights of governor's budget plan
The budget debate kicked off at the Capitol last month with the release of Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal.
February 16, 2013 - 12:57pm
February 13, 2013
Farmington goalie scores into own net, flips off coaches and leaves ice
FARMINGTON, Minn. -- Farmington senior goalie Austin Krause purposely scored a goal for into his own net, then showed his middle finger in the direction of the coaching staff and gave a salute before leaving the ice in the third period Tuesday night in Farmington. The goal, scored...
February 13, 2013 - 1:22pm