Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — For several hours Thursday afternoon, a woman — and an American Indian — was the chief executive of Minnesota for what is believed to be the first time in the state’s 161-year history. Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan held down reins as “acting governor” from 12:30 p.m. until around 3 p.m. while Gov. Tim Walz was under general anesthesia during a medical procedure on his knee.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz for the first time Wednesday, May 1, said he would support a ban on wolf hunting, signaling an apparent reversal in state policy and providing a key ally for those opposed to the practice. Walz, himself a hunter of birds and other game, even described wolf hunting as “sport hunting,” a term frequently used by hunting opponents.
MINNEAPOLIS - In a case of nomenclature whiplash, the Minnesota House Tuesday approved renaming Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to Bde Maka Ska. Again. Perhaps surprisingly, there was no debate on the idea, which touches on a range of passions, including American Indian heritage and the legacy of slavery, but also political correctness and historical revisionism.
ST. PAUL — By a one-vote margin, the Minnesota House on Tuesday, April 30, voted to ban hunting of wolves — a victory for wolf protectionists hoping to gird against the Trump administration’s plan to remove protections for the iconic animal. A ban on wolf hunting would be a reversal for Minnesota — the only state in the Lower 48 where the animals were never eradicated and the first to adopt a hunting season when it became legal again several years ago.
ST. PAUL — Two fishing rods per angler, or one? It’s a perennial question in Minnesota, and one that might spark heated disagreement in the otherwise-friendly confines of a boat. And it’s back — even with a partisan flavor. On Tuesday, April 23, the Republican-controlled state Senate voted to allow anglers to use two lines while fishing, while the Democratic-controlled House seems unlikely to agree.
MINNEAPOLIS - When Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz greeted President Donald Trump on the tarmac of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport’s Air Reserve Station Monday, April 15, he had two goals:
ST. PAUL — It’s a paradox: Minnesota farmers, those northern European-stock, stoic symbols of the prairie, are standing alongside undocumented Mexicans, Guatemalans and Liberians who now call Minnesota home. Together, they’re supporting a Democratic-backed plan to offer driver’s licenses to people in this state, and the country, illegally.
ST. PAUL — Two days after all of us lost an hour of our lives, Minnesota lawmakers Tuesday, March 12, took the first step toward ending the practice of changing our clocks twice a year. On Tuesday, a Senate committee overwhelmingly supported a bill that would make Minnesota follow only one time regimen all year. There’s bipartisan support for the idea, which reflects a perennial crankiness with our current system here and nationally, but it’s hard to tell if it will become law.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s largest deer hunting group has taken an aggressive stance toward captive deer farms as it seeks to contain a the spread of chronic wasting disease among the state’s wild deer. The positions announced this week by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association could prove significant at the state Capitol, where lawmakers are weighing a series of CWD proposals that face resistance from a group representing many of the state’s 400 deer and elk farms. Here are some of what the group wants: