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Farmers to head to harvest
Features from the Farm: Fly control for grazing and organic dairies
U.S. House Agriculture Committee chairman visits Minnesota
NRCS funding available to develop monarch butterfly habitats
July rains provide moisture boost for area crops
June 27, 2016
House members to host town hall on veterans issues in Morris
MORRIS — Rep. Jeff Backer (R-Browns Valley) will join Rep. Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake), chair of the House Veterans Affairs Division for a town hall in Morris on Tuesday, June 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. During the town hall at the American Legion, Backer and Dettmer will discuss...
June 27, 2016 - 11:21am
June 13, 2016
Capitol Chatter: Campaigns are on for special session
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Democrats and Republicans agree on the need for a special legislative session, but that does not mean one is certain. Democrats, led by Gov. Mark Dayton, argue that a one-day June session is needed to approve funding public works projects in a bonding bill....
June 13, 2016 - 10:19am
June 8, 2016
Trust lacking, but Minnesota leaders hope for special session
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's political leaders say they have a problem trusting each other, but on Tuesday they pledged to continue trying to pass failed tax and public works legislation. "We all have trust issues with one another," Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said. House Speaker...
June 8, 2016 - 9:26am
June 7, 2016
Dayton on special session: 'We can't agree on anything'
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday morning expressed hope that he would be able to call a special legislative session to finish work Minnesota lawmakers failed to accomplish as their regular session ended last month, but used words like "discouraged" more than optimistic...
June 7, 2016 - 12:01pm
June 3, 2016
Greater Minnesota groups want tax bill signed
ST. PAUL — Greater Minnesota groups are asking Gov. Mark Dayton to sign tax-break legislation lawmakers passed last week. On Thursday, it was clear that Dayton signing the tax bill with aid for cities, counties, farmers, businesses, students, working families and others could...
June 3, 2016 - 8:47am
May 23, 2016
Presidential primary change among bills made law before session deadline
ST. PAUL — Minnesota will move from a presidential caucus to a presidential primary for the 2020 election. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the switch into law on Sunday. Under the new system, voters would make their February partisan presidential picks in an election run by the state,...
May 23, 2016 - 9:55am
May 17, 2016
Feds again reject request for a Real ID extension
ST. PAUL — Minnesota has still not done enough work to merit an extension on complying with the federal Real ID driver's license standards, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In a letter last week, released Monday, Homeland Security officials acknowledged...
May 17, 2016 - 2:31pm
May 2, 2016
Lawmakers optimistic on transportation funding with talks set to begin
ST. PAUL — How Minnesota can provide billions of dollars to fix roads and provide for other transportation needs in the next decade may become clearer within a week. House Transportation Chairman Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, said Senate and House negotiators probably will meet at...
May 2, 2016 - 10:26am
April 8, 2016
Pesticides, farm programs discussed as ag policy omnibus bill heads to House Floor
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House soon will decide whether certain pesticides should be prohibited from being used on golf courses and the best methods for encouraging organic farming. Representatives also will discuss helping with foreclosure mediation for farmers. Legislative...
April 8, 2016 - 4:29pm
April 4, 2016
Senators tell railroads to begin talking safety
ST. PAUL — Warning bells figuratively clanged Friday when a Minnesota state Senate committee held its first hearing on new legislation to force railroads to release more information about hazardous materials they haul. Even some Republicans who generally support railroads warned...
April 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
March 24, 2016
Legislation would help farmers make tractors safer
ST. PAUL — Minnesota farmers driving 86,000 tractors do not have adequate safety equipment, some state lawmakers say, so legislation is being considered to provide them financial help to update their machines. "These would be the smaller, older tractors," Rep. Paul Anderson,...
March 24, 2016 - 11:27am
March 18, 2016
Child protection mandates will require on call social workers in Stevens County
MORRIS — Upcoming mandates about how quickly Minnesota counties must respond to child protection reports could require social workers to be on call during nights and weekends, but those requirements haven't been funded by the state of Minnesota. Human Services Director Liberty...
March 18, 2016 - 3:19pm
March 17, 2016
Change to buffer bill passes Senate committee
ST. PAUL — Changes in Minnesota's year-old law requiring vegetative buffers received approval of a Senate committee Wednesday. Over objections of environmental groups, a Senate agriculture committee on a split voice vote moved Sen. Rod Skoe's bill to extend until 2025 the time...
March 17, 2016 - 8:58am
March 16, 2016
Legislators to revisit 'buffer strip' law in Senate committee
ST. PAUL — A key water-quality initiative of Gov. Mark Dayton last year — vegetative buffer strips along streams and drainage ditches — is returning for an encore performance at the Capitol in St. Paul this week. On Wednesday, a Senate committee will hold a hearing...
March 16, 2016 - 11:30am
February 27, 2016
Editorial: It is time to invest in LGA for rural Minnesota
One of the top issues for rural Minnesota in the 2016 Legislature will be the issue of Local Government Aid. There likely will be a showdown on the LGA issue between Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL-controlled Senate versus the Republican-controlled House. With a projected $1.2 billion...
February 27, 2016 - 5:47am