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KASSON, Minn. - Two weekly newspapers in southeastern Minnesota have kicked off a “save the newspaper” campaign, asking readers to help them survive in tumultuous times for print media.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s six African-American state legislators on Wednesday, Feb. 6, announced the formation of the first United Black Legislative Caucus as part of Black History Month in the state. The new group “will enable us to elevate and advocate for the pressing issues our black communities face every single day,” DFL Rep. Rena Moran of St. Paul, the chair of the new caucus, said at a Capitol news conference.
ST. PAUL — Former Vice President Walter Mondale thinks U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar not only will run for president but that she will be a much better candidate than he was when he lost his race for the White House. Mondale was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984 when he lost in a landslide to Republican incumbent Ronald Reagan. He carried only his home state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia.
ST. PAUL -- “Find Your True North.” That’s Minnesota’s new tourism marketing campaign slogan. What do you think of it? John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office, announced the new marketing campaign Monday, Feb. 4, at the start of a three-day tourism industry conference at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Duane Benson, a southeastern Minnesota farm boy, who grew up to become a state legislative leader, business executive and professional football player, died Saturday, Jan. 26, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Benson, 73, of Lanesboro passed away at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester Methodist Hospital campus. He served in the Minnesota Senate from 1981 through 1994, the last six of those years as the Republican minority leader.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic state Rep. Melissa Hortman’s rise to the top rungs of political power in Minnesota has been a sometimes-bumpy but persistent climb grounded on her family’s religious values and her youthful dreams. Hortman, 48, an eight-term lawmaker from Brooklyn Park, will be elected speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, the second-most-powerful office in state government, when the 2019 Legislature convenes on Jan. 8.
ST. PAUL — Here’s what you need to know about Minnesota’s roads and bridges as the Legislature prepares to start another debate on how they are paid for: How many roads does our state have? Minnesota has more than 140,000 miles of public roads, the fifth-largest number of miles in the United States. If you count each lane separately — so each mile of a two-lane road has two lane miles and a mile of four-lane highway has four lane miles — the state has nearly 300,000 lane miles of roads.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota drivers who are fed up with potholed pavements or time-wasting traffic jams know that many of the state’s roads and bridges are in bad shape and getting worse. The state’s top Democratic and Republican elected leaders feel your pain. “We agree that we need more road and bridge funding,” outgoing GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt said last week. But the parties’ leaders continue to disagree on how to pay for transportation improvements.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is known around the Capitol as the "velvet hammer." She has a sweet smile for everyone and forms personal friendships with political rivals. But she also talks straight to skeptical Iron Rangers and even climbed down into a sewer duct to promote a favored project. Now Smith is taking those traits to Washington, after Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday, Dec. 13, selected her to replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who intends to resign after being accused of sexually improper conduct by several women.
Former Minnesota Attorney General Warren Spannaus, a streetcar mechanic's son who rose from St. Paul's working-class Rice Street neighborhood to become one of the state's most popular political leaders, died Monday, Nov. 27. He was 86. "Warren was liked and trusted by everybody," said former Vice President Walter Mondale, who as attorney general in 1963 hired Spannaus right out of the University of Minnesota Law School. "I think a lot of the goodness and civic decency in Minnesota can be traced in part to Warren's influence."