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Cottage Grove day care kids to receive congressional award
Nursing institute moving into Cottage Grove's BEC
Apparent wage ‘discrepancies’ discovered in Newport
Cottage Grove police reports for Jan. 29: Domestic, theft, lewd activity
Relay For Life event: Coaches vs. Cancer Jan. 30
crime and courts
Gymnastics: East Ridge flexes muscle in win over Woodbury
Super Bowl billboard campaign seeks acceptance for gay players
SB XLIX: Carroll, Belichick face off
U.S. activists keep domestic violence in Super Bowl spotlight
Park Diving: Germscheid claims Park's six dive record
St. Paul Park celebrates annual sledding day
The healing powers of art: Cancer survivors' work part of Woodwinds sculpture
Two local art events planned in Cottage Grove
Reeling in the 'Minnesota experience' during Cottage Grove's ice fishing outing
Birds of a feather: Carpenter Nature Center volunteers track avian population
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Lori L. Battcher, 53
Brant A. Short, 81
Mark F. Mulvihill, 66
Doris M. Pinault, 85
Jeanette Lampe, 79
Viewpoint: McNaughton rules outline insanity defense
Letter to the editor: Respect property when snowmobiling
Letter to the editor: Wake up and face realities in District 833
Letter to the editor: Integrity of school district must be restored
Viewpoint: Don't let sun set on Oakwood possibilities
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May 16, 2013
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
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