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Why Dayton Wants To Spend $46M Of Minnesota's Surplus On Cybersecurity

The governor has proposed spending $46 million in his supplemental budget bill to improve cybersecurity for state agencies—more than he's proposed for the courts or corrections.

March 17, 2016

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State Council Group Calls On Gov. Dayton To Lift Legal Smoking Age To 21

After California’s recent push to ban tobacco sales to those under 21 years of age, a local organization hopes to make similar strides in Minnesota.

March 16, 2016

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Minnesota Chamber Sees Big Role For Business In State's Transportation-Funding Debate

Chamber head Doug Loon has teamed up with labor unions and other business groups to push for a transportation funding compromise at the Capitol.

March 15, 2016

Duluth City Council approves plans for smaller Lake Superior Zoo

A revamped, smaller Lake Superior Zoo is closer to becoming a reality. Following months of hearings, the Duluth City Council unanimously approved a concept plan for the zoo and Fairmount Park on...

March 15, 2016

Audit: MnDOT needs to be more open about how it chooses to fund highway work

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is not transparent, consistent, or objective enough with how it decides which state highway projects to fund, auditors said in a report released Monday...

March 14, 2016

Amy Klobuchar and Tom Emmer will be part of the president's Cuba trip

Next week Barack Obama will visit Cuba, the first sitting U.S. president to visit the island nation since Calvin Coolidge back in 1928. On the trip with him: two of Minnesota’s U.S. lawmakers...

March 14, 2016

Unemployment rate stays steady in January despite job losses

Minnesota’s unemployment rate for January “held steady” at 3.7 percent, according to figures released Thursday, despite losing 5,000 jobs during the month. “Despite job...

March 10, 2016

What's the deal with the Water Bar? It's part saloon, part educational space

When the Water Bar & Public Studio opens in Minneapolis, you’ll be able to saunter up to the saloon’s counter and order a free glass of … tap water. Yes, that’s the main...

March 09, 2016

House fails to vote on bill extending unemployment benefits to mine workers

Hopes that lawmakers in the Minnesota House would vote on a bill extending unemployment benefits to laid off Iron Range workers were dashed on Tuesday, the first day of the 2016 legislature session...

March 08, 2016

Dayton opposes Twin Metals mine, citing risks to the Boundary Waters

Gov. Mark Dayton has opposed a copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters. This is the first time the governor has “definitively and publicly” stated his opposition to mining near the...

March 08, 2016

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