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Smaller crowd greets Holiday Train in Cottage Grove, but fundraising gathering late steam
Merry Netflix: 40 holiday movies to watch in December
South Washington County Telecommunications Commission amends voting policy
Cottage Grove police reports for Dec. 9: Drunken driving, theft, drugs
Landmark survey finds U.S. transgender people harassed in public restrooms
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Wrestling: Park is building with new roster of wrestlers
Gymnastics: Park vaults past visiting Mounds View
Boys' Hockey: Park falls to Mounds View on late goal
Boys' Hockey: Raptors keep it close with Stillwater
Girls' Hockey: Raptors bounce back with two SEC wins
'Two from Galilee' musical opens at Light the Way Church in Cottage Grove
Holiday Train makes 14th-annual stop Friday in Cottage Grove
PHOTO GALLERY: See the Cottage Grove holiday lights contest winners and nominees
Sugar rush: Annual cookie sale draws a large crowd in St. Paul Park
‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ run/walk Sunday in Cottage Grove for hungry students
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May 13, 2013
Gay Minnesotans stream to Capitol to see history
ST. PAUL -- Gay Minnesotans and their supporters streamed into the Minnesota Capitol today expecting to witness history. They sang "America"...
May 13, 2013 - 10:44am
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 7, 2013
Minnesota Legislature poised for gay marriage votes
ST. PAUL -- Gay marriage supporters feel victory in the air. Their confidence is high as Minnesota state representatives plan to vote on overturning...
May 7, 2013 - 4:33pm
April 30, 2013
House expands minimum wage bill
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House likely will approve a minimum wage increase later this week, after a committee Monday expanded the bill's reach by doubling state-required parental leave for a new child. Under the amended measure by Rep Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, employers would...
April 30, 2013 - 8:57am
Senators pass tax bill following uncertainty; Sieben backs bill
ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators passed a tax plan 35-31 Monday -- eventually. It took two tries, but they moved the bill forward, nearly two hours...
April 30, 2013 - 8:28am
April 25, 2013
Senate education bill passes test, but graduation test fails
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators joined the House on Thursday night in voting to eliminate a law requiring students to pass a test before graduating...
April 25, 2013 - 8:56pm
April 24, 2013
House education bill about more than education
ST. PAUL -- A debate about education funding goes beyond helping individual students: There is widespread agreement that a better education system would help the economy. However, there is less agreement about how to achieve those improvements. Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth,...
April 24, 2013 - 8:34am
April 23, 2013
Minnesota House OKs health funding without knowing hospital impact
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state representatives approved 70-64 a health-care spending bill late Monday without knowing how it would affect hospitals...
April 23, 2013 - 7:42am
April 19, 2013
Fees in ag budget worry McNamara, Republicans
ST. PAUL - Republican lawmakers said an environment and agriculture budget bill the House approved 69-61 Thursday is loaded with too-high fees and wasteful spending. "This agriculture and environment finance proposal is loaded with staggering fee increases that will impact hardworking...
April 19, 2013 - 8:28am
April 17, 2013
Senate approves legislative, officials' pay raises
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators voted themselves and other state officials pay raises Tuesday with no debate. The only mention of the raises, part of a larger bill funding several state agencies, in the Senate came when bill sponsor Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, quickly described...
April 17, 2013 - 8:29am
April 15, 2013
South Washington County Schools expands options for Crosswinds building
South Washington County Schools is expanding its list of possible uses for the Crosswinds school building even as its chances of acquiring it might be slimming. A committee exploring how the district could use the Crosswinds Arts and Science School if acquired from the East Metro...
April 15, 2013 - 4:46pm
April 11, 2013
U-Fairview talks off as lawmakers still want Minnesota hospital ownership
April 11, 2013 - 10:17am
April 9, 2013
Schoen among lawmakers seeking hospital acquisition moratorium
ST. PAUL -- Two Minnesota lawmakers are offering legislation to prevent Sanford Health from controlling University of Minnesota hospitals. Sanford, headquartered in South Dakota and North Dakota, is looking at taking over Fairview Health Services, which operates the university hospital...
April 9, 2013 - 10:27am
April 5, 2013
Study finds no Minnesota Asian carp colonies
ST. PAUL -- New tests showing Asian carp likely are not colonizing Minnesota waters should not slow efforts to stop the invasive fish, experts say. "The results certainly don't say we should be doing anything different than we are right now," said Steve Hirsch of the Department of...
April 5, 2013 - 8:19am
April 4, 2013
McNamara backs civil union alternative to same-sex marriage
One south Washington County-area Republican legislator supports civil unions as a step short of full marriage for gay couples, but a prominent...
April 4, 2013 - 8:46am