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'Kumiko' film with south Washington County scenes expected to be shown in Twin Cities this year
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Cottage Grove Park grad to star in Disney On Ice
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April 3, 2013
Legislature: April is for budget; guns and marriage return in May
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature is famous for deciding major issues near the end of each year's session. Expect 2013 to be no different. So far, Gov. Mark Dayton has signed just one major bill into law, and eight minor ones, out of 3,172 that the 201 lawmakers have introduced....
April 3, 2013 - 10:38am
April 2, 2013
Lawmakers question future of Crosswinds school in Woodbury
Two Twin Cities schools' future rests in legislators' hands. A East Metro Integration District board governing Crosswinds school in Woodbury and Harambee in Maplewood decided to give away the facilities, but Minnesota Management and Budget has ruled that the only thing it can do...
education / politics
April 2, 2013 - 10:15pm
March 22, 2013
House committee sends gun bill to full House
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House will debate guns. The House public safety committee passed a watered-down gun regulation bill on a 10-8 vote Thursday night, with the House floor the next stop for the controversial issue. The bill contains several noncontroversial provisions to keep...
March 22, 2013 - 8:45am
March 20, 2013
MNsure to be where Minnesotans buy health insurance online
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans will be able to shop for health insurance through a state marketplace beginning Oct. 1, but may not see savings for a couple of years. Minutes after Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday signed a bill into law establishing the marketplace, to be known as MNsure, he said...
March 20, 2013 - 2:09pm
New House deal expands firearms background checks only to gun shows
ST. PAUL -- Gun control backers have given up controversial proposals in an effort to pass some measures aimed at curbing gun violence in Minnesota. The House Public Safety Committee chairman dropped a plan to expand background checks to virtually all gun sales that was set for a...
March 20, 2013 - 1:32pm
House DFL budget plan would tax surcharge on rich
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota schools would be the biggest beneficiaries of a state House Democratic budget proposal that goes beyond the governor's plan to increase taxes on the rich. Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, unveiled a budget outline Tuesday that accepts Democratic...
March 20, 2013 - 9:05am
March 19, 2013
Crosswinds school fight gets tougher for District 833 as Perpich bill advances
District 833's attempt to acquire the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building suffered a setback after a problematic deadline was lifted on the preferred plan for the school building. State lawmakers considering whether to turn over the Crosswinds building in Woodbury to the...
education / government
March 19, 2013 - 10:42am
March 12, 2013
Same-sex marriage moves to full Senate
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota Senate committee voted 5-3 today to move forward with a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. "This is about family," bill author Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said. "We are not redefining anything." The Judiciary Committee sent...
March 12, 2013 - 3:37pm
Schoen tapped for health insurance exchange conference committee
Freshman state Rep. Dan Schoen is serving on a panel assigned with hammering out a compromise plan for a new health insurance exchange for Minnesota. Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, is one of 10 members of a House-Senate conference committee that is trying to reconcile the two chambers'...
government / politics
March 12, 2013 - 10:24am
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