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Fire damages Cottage Grove home
Cottage Grove soldier home for Christmas
Stone Soup Thrift Shop in St. Paul Park sees coat shortage
Newport police reports for Dec. 19: Theft, fire, fight, attempted burglary
Weather chills roundabout work at south Washington County intersection
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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
Park Girls Basketball: Wolfpack can't get over the hill against Roseville
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
South Washington County lawmakers give session mixed grades
Local lawmakers assigned mixed grades to the recently completed legislative session. Sen. Katie Sieben and Rep. Dan Schoen, Democrats whose party controls the Legislature, gave the budget and other work high marks.
May 28, 2013 - 11:10am
May 23, 2013
Process dispute leads to Dayton outdoors vetoes
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed two provisions of a bill funding outdoors and arts projects, saying a House committee ignored a citizen advisory panel. The vetoes eliminated $3 million to fight aquatic invasive species that was destined for tribal and local governments and $6.3...
May 23, 2013 - 12:59pm
May 21, 2013
Capitol, flooding, veterans, disaster aid end session
May 21, 2013 - 11:56am
May 20, 2013
House OKs $2 billion tax bill, Senate backs Capitol repair
ST. PAUL -- The keystone of Minnesota Democrats' budget plans, $2 billion in tax increases, won House approval early today and the Senate pulled a surprise in the early morning hours by approving money to fund state Capitol building renovations. Faced with a midnight constitutional...
May 20, 2013 - 9:03am
May 17, 2013
Cigarette tax to back stadium construction
ST. PAUL - Smokers will provide the backstop to Viking stadium construction funding, the governor and legislative leaders announced Thursday night. If that is not enough, eliminating corporate tax loopholes will be a second backup to electronic pulltabs and bingo, which have failed...
May 17, 2013 - 9:18am
Dayton, DFL legislative leaders announce final tax plan
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House, Senate and governor's office agreed to a tax plan Thursday night, four months after the Legislature started and four days before lawmakers must wrap up work for the year. The tax plan is a merger of what the Democratic-controlled House and Senate...
May 17, 2013 - 9:12am
May 16, 2013
No more formaldehyde
A newly signed law bans formaldehyde from children's products. Things such as shampoo, lotion and bubble bath now may contain the toxic substance, but they will not be allowed to be on store shelves after Aug. 1, 2015.
May 16, 2013 - 8:24am
Record Senate debate ends with unionization approval
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators set a modern-day record for debating a single bill Tuesday night and Wednesday morning before voting to give childcare providers and personal care attendants the right to unionize. The bill passed 35-32 a little after 8 a.m.
May 16, 2013 - 8:21am
Tax, budget work continues as session nears end
ST. PAUL -- Taxes remain a key issue as the Minnesota House, Senate and governor's office negotiate a final budget deal in the last days of the 2013 legislative session. House-Senate tax conference committee members exchanged a number of proposals Wednesday, but did not come to a...
May 16, 2013 - 8:18am
Senate legacy funds debate turns rural-urban
ST. PAUL -- Rural and urban Minnesota senators battled Wednesday night about how to divide outdoors and arts program funding. Rural senators won, but just barely. Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, said rural Minnesota is "under assault once again" with an amendment by Sen.
May 16, 2013 - 8:14am
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 14, 2013
Gay marriage issue split south Washington County lawmakers
Gay marriage split south Washington County's legislators just as it divided area residents. In historic votes to make Minnesota the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage, Cottage Grove area lawmakers split -- and both sides cited constituents' support for their decision. Rep....
May 14, 2013 - 11:47am
May 13, 2013
Tears of a different sort flow after historic gay marriage vote
ST. PAUL -- Gay Minnesotans and their supporters rallied with tears of sadness rolling down their faces two years ago. Today, their faces are covered with tears of elation as the Minnesota Senate voted to allow them to marry. Senators voted 37-30 Monday to remove a state law that...
May 13, 2013 - 4:37pm