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Last call for Newport's Red Rock Saloon as Lehrkes prepare for brewpub
Cottage Grove seeks volunteer park rangers
Newport police reports for March 15: Theft, domestic
Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove to show community artists' work
Newport police calls up, fire service steady
crime and courts
Park girls basketball: Wolfpack no match for No. 1 Eastview in final
Park wrestling: Decade of coaching ‘went by extremely fast’ for Jim LaBrosse
Kuemmel's Corner: Spring has sprung
PJ's Perspective: Lauryn Morris to coach at Mankato, East Ridge boys basketball team wins academic state championship, and more
Cottage Grove native Jim Scanlan creating a powerhouse at East Grand Forks
Photo gallery: 2014 Cottage Grove photography contest winners
Carpenter Nature Center hosts 'Masters of the Sky'
'Kumiko' film with south Washington County scenes expected to be shown in Twin Cities this year
Cottage Grove woman featured in National Geographic photo
Cottage Grove Park grad to star in Disney On Ice
arts and entertainment
Henry "Hank" Baker, 84
James D. Engebretson, 54
Pamela Buggs, 70
Yvonne L. Mickelson, 74
Viewpoint: Repeal new tax laws; return most of surplus to taxpayers
This community displays kindness in many ways
Family appreciates benefit turnout
Viewpoint: Consider alternatives to resolve court case
Analysis: Election-year politics never will be far from legislators
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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
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 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 an existing same-sex marriage ban on Thursday, with senators following in a few days. "We've felt pretty good in the Senate for a...
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 after it initially failed 34-32 with seven Democrats voting no. The second vote set the stage for legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton...
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 high school. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor education bill, spending nearly $15.7 billion in the next two years, passed 35-28 after Republicans...
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 around the state. Most Democrats favored the bill while most Republicans opposed it. Highlighting debate was an amendment by Rep. Will...
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...
education / politics
April 15, 2013 - 4:46pm