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East Ridge JV baseball coach arrested after missing girls found
Cottage Grove woman assaulted near Hamlet Park
Cottage Grove man charged with murder in infant daughter's death
Newport allows pigeons under amended animal ordinace
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Park Cross-Country: Jeske-Anderson duo anchors Park girls
Park Swim and Dive: Wolfpack collect second meet win
Park Volleyball: Wolfpack take fourth at Park Invitational
East Ridge Swim and Dive: Raptors beat Cretin in final swim
New Life Football: Eagles running game secures first victory
St. Paul Park singer to perform in Minnesota Sings contest
'Kumiko' film shot in south Washington County to premiere in Twin Cities
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May 28, 2013
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 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
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" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and celebrated, anticipating senators to approve gay marriage this afternoon. Handfuls of same-sex marriage...
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 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