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March 6, 2018
DMV mess: Minnesota's new IT boss 'hamstrung' by lawmakers
March 6, 2018 - 7:41pm
A Minnesota House committee listens to a legislative auditor's report on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, about a state office that failed to properly investigate elder abuse allegations. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minn. agency that protects nursing home residents has been labeled dysfunctional
March 6, 2018 - 4:38pm
March 5, 2018
Farmington Fire Department will host three upcoming recruitment open houses. Firefighters Tim Vanderlinde (left), Justin Kelly and Amanda Christensen report the service is a rewarding commitment to help those in need and become a part of the community. There will be three open houses in March for any interested in learning more. Kara Hildreth / contributor
Farmington Fire hosts open houses in March
March 5, 2018 - 8:00pm
Ava, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, reluctantly demonstrates a pet oxygen mask Feb. 15 for fire and emergency medical personnel at the Cottage Grove Fire Station. Ava's owner is Mary Francis of Invisible Fence in Hastings. The company donated three animal resuscitation kits as part of their Project Breath program. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimediaplay button
Fur and rescue: Cottage Grove ambulance crews outfitted with pet oxygen masks
March 5, 2018 - 7:49am
March 2, 2018
Minnesota House Transportation Chairman Paul Torkelson of Hanska talks to Commissioner Johanna Clyborne of Minnesota Information Technology Services after a Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, meeting about long delays in issuing motor vehicle titles, registrations and license plates. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Capitol Chatter: MNLARS issues foreshadow future projects
March 2, 2018 - 1:12pm
March 1, 2018
Minnesota Information Technology Commissioner Johanna Clyborne tells a state House committee Thursday, March 1, 2018, that without an immediate infusion of $10 million, contractors working on a troublesome vehicle registration and license computer system will be let go. Don Davis / Forum News Service
No money: MNLARS contractors prepare to end repair work
March 1, 2018 - 7:04pm
February 23, 2018
Dakota County takes step toward more mental health awareness
February 23, 2018 - 3:08pm
Minnesota state Rep. Rod Hamilton says on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, that he would like to expand state programs that help provide fresh fruit and vegatables to schools. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Capitol Chatter: Lawmakers say meetings can help fight childhood hunger
February 23, 2018 - 11:39am
Farmington City Hall. File photo
Farmington Planning Commission approves draft for dog kennel within city limits
February 23, 2018 - 7:49am
February 21, 2018
Families share shocking stories of elder abuse at Minn. care centers
February 21, 2018 - 6:31pm
Windom, Minn., Mayor Dominic Jones tells reporters Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, that his city cannot afford to build a $15 million sewage treatment plant without state help. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Cities say they need state money to meet water rules
February 21, 2018 - 5:38pm
Minnesota Senate President Michelle Fischbach, also the state lieutenant governor, presides over the Senate on opening day of the session on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Democrats say Fischbach, a Republican, cannot hold both offices. David Oakes / Senate photographer
New suit against Fishbach may depend on election timing
February 21, 2018 - 10:31am
February 16, 2018
Improvements coming for 8 school buildings
February 16, 2018 - 12:16pm
February 13, 2018
Gov. Mark Dayton, left, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt take a 'selfie' before the start of a question and answer session on the upcoming Legislative session at the Minnesota State Senate Building on Tuesday, Feb, 13, 2018. John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press
Dayton, legislative leaders: We get along just fine, thanks
February 13, 2018 - 6:46pm
Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk (left) fields a reporter's question Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at a pre-session briefing. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka looks on. Michael Brun / Forum News Service
Path is clear to Lt. Gov. Fischbach's Senate seating, but lawmakers say a challenge could be coming
February 13, 2018 - 6:24pm