MINNEAPOLIS — Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday, Nov. 12, accepted the Minnesota Golden Gophers' game ball on behalf of the people of Minnesota. The handoff comes days after the then-17th ranked Gophers upset the No. 4 pick Penn State Nittany Lions 31-26 at TCF Bank Stadium, making the Minnesota football team 9-0 for the first time since 1904. The win helped boost the Gophers to No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and fueled enthusiasm from fans who swarmed the field after Saturday's game to seize the Governor's Victory Bell.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. — Despite political division at home, men and women of the U.S. Military can unite the country around core American values. That was the message of elected officials who addressed hundreds of Minnesota veterans, family members and others on Monday, Nov. 11, at the State of Minnesota Veterans Day event.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor this week released a damning report outlining how a "dysfunction in supervision, oversight and control" allowed the state Department of Human Services to overpay $29 million to two tribes. The special review came after the department earlier this year noted that it had stopped the overpayments and asked the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and White Earth Nation to repay the $29 million, which had been overpaid for medicine-assisted opioid treatments between 2014 and 2019.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota lawmaker says he wants college athletes in the state to be able to benefit financially from the use of their names and likenesses. State Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, drafted a bill would let collegiate athletes accept compensation for the use of their name, image, or likeness and retain licensed agents to represent them without risking their scholarships. The bill would require colleges and universities or athletic leagues like the NCAA let athletes receiving endorsements compete.
ST. PAUL — U.S. and International steamship executives, Great Lakes port authority directors and development officials on Tuesday, Oct. 22, traveled to the Minnesota Capitol to highlight the economic value of shipping on the Great Lakes. In visits with lawmakers, economic development, transportation and pollution control commissioners as well as with Gov. Tim Walz, the coalition made the case that seaway shipping has a $1.4 billion economic impact for the state and should be top of mind as state officials weigh policy and state funding decisions.
ST. PAUL — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota on Monday, Oct. 21, sued the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, arguing the state's voting laws are unconstitutional as they deny tens of thousands of people on supervision or probation the right to vote. Four Minnesotans barred from voting due to previous felony offenses and current probation status filed the lawsuit with the ACLU in Ramsey County District Court on Monday. The four are among 52,000 Minnesotans who can't vote because of their supervision or probation status.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz, flanked by affordable insulin advocates, again made a plea to Senate Republicans on Thursday, Oct. 17, to come to the table to negotiate a compromise proposal to provide free insulin to Minnesotans who can't afford it. At a news conference, the governor urged lawmakers to come together to create a plan with bipartisan support that could pass through the divided Legislature during a special legislative session.
ST. PAUL — A state lawmaker said he wants to block predatory robocalls from getting through to Minnesotans' phones. Rep. Zack Stephenson, D-Coon Rapids, on Monday, Oct. 14, said he'd drafted legislation aimed at requiring phone companies to block robocalls at no price to customers and offer legal remedies for Minnesotans scammed as a result of robocalls. Minnesotans have received more than 387 million robocalls so far this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. That breaks down to about 58 calls per person in 2019.
ST. PAUL — Tribal leaders have a direct line to the Minnesota governor and the lieutenant governor, a renewed commitment that the state government will work in consultation with them and now a first of its kind effort to have agency commissioners undergo training to better understand tribes.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Health experts, physicians and pharmacists on Wednesday, Oct. 2, weighed in on why prescription drug prices have ballooned in Minnesota and elsewhere and what the state could do to stave off the increases. The conversation was one of the first meetings of the Minnesota House of Representatives' mini session in the southeastern part of the state. Minnesota lawmakers met with experts at the University of Minnesota Rochester in an effort to draft policy changes based on professional insight.