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March 20, 2018
Minnesota state Reps. Debra Kiel of Crookston and Paul Torkelson of Hanska talk on the House floor Monday, March 19, 2018, before Tokelson's bill to fix MNLARS was debated. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minn. motor vehicle licensing fix plans headed to final negotiations
March 20, 2018 - 12:09am
March 19, 2018
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty talks to reporters Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, after he spoke to Republican Minnesota House members. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Tim Pawlenty launches governor campaign committee
March 19, 2018 - 2:46pm
March 16, 2018
Gov. Mark Dayton announces changes he wants to make in Minnesota's $46 billion, two-year budget on Friday, March 16, 2018. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Proposed Dayton budget, tax changes 'complicated'
March 16, 2018 - 4:16pm
Buffers of grass that filter crop land pollutants and soil out of water are required by Minnesota law. Submitted photo / Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Capitol Chatter: Buffer-related lawsuit fails
March 16, 2018 - 2:05pm
March 13, 2018
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Michele Fischbach, also the state Senate president, agreed that elder care is a bipartisan issue at a Tuesday, March 13 news conference. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota politicians join to fight elder abuse
March 13, 2018 - 3:39pm
March 12, 2018
Minnesota state Sen. Matt LIttle of Lakeville  talks about a bill Monday, March 12, 2018, he sponsors that would extend background checks to all firearms sales in the state. With him are Sens. Paul Anderson of Plymouth and  Scott Jensen of Chaska. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Committees unlikely to take up Minnesota gun bills
March 12, 2018 - 6:16pm
Minnesota GOP legislators want Medicaid recipients to work
March 12, 2018 - 5:18pm
March 7, 2018
Caroline Palmer of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault testifies in a Minnesota Senate committee Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in favor of legislation making it illegal to intentionally touch someone's buttocks. Watching are Sens. John Marty and Carolyn Laine. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota legislation would make touching butts illegal
March 7, 2018 - 5:29pm
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
February 23, 2018
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
February 21, 2018
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
January 29, 2018
Farmington Finance Director Tea Malecha said she looks forward to her new role as she leads veteran city staff finish year-end budgets and prepare for audit season. Kara Hildreth / Contributor
Balancing more than the numbers
January 29, 2018 - 7:49am
January 18, 2018
Farmington Fire Chief Justin Elvestad said he looks forward to leading the department and meeting with community members. His interim status will change to permanent Jan. 29. Kara Hildreth / contributor
Fired up to lead: Elvestad named Farmington fire chief
January 18, 2018 - 7:49am
January 11, 2018
Farmington Fire Chief finalist Justin Elvestad talked with the audience of mostly firefighters during a one hour meet-and-greet Jan. 4, 2018, inside council chambers. Kara Hildreth / contributor
Fire chief finalist outlines challenges
January 11, 2018 - 7:49am
January 4, 2018
Minn. roundup: Statewide DFL environmental caucus endorses Otto; New Minneapolis mayor takes oath of office
January 4, 2018 - 8:57am