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Franken declines MPR State Fair debate invitation

blogs.mprnews.org — DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken's campaign has declined an MPR News invitation to debate his Republican and Independence Party opponents at the Minnesota State Fair. State Fair debates have been a tradition for MPR for 20 years. In 1994 the DFL candidates for governor, John Marty, Mike Hatch and Tony Bouza debated.

Legacy bill goes with commission’s parks recommendations

blogs.mprnews.org — Parks in the Twin Cities metro area won't get a bigger piece of the Legacy bill's parks pie, but lawmakers decided the metro should get more outdoors money. The conference committee report on the Legacy bill allocates 40 percent of the parks money to state parks, 40 percent to metro parks and 20 percent to regional parks in greater Minnesota.

Dayton hails results of session

blogs.mprnews.org — Gov. Mark Dayton talked about the legislative session with reporters today as Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, looked on. Photo: Tim Nelson From MPR's Tim Nelson: Gov. Mark Dayton says the just-concluded legislative session was a landmark. This morning he touted results including statewide all-day kindergarten and financial support for Rochester to help with the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center plan.

The Daily Digest (turnout worries, Obermueller endorsed)

blogs.mprnews.org — Welcome to a new week. Here are some stories you may have missed... Minnesota: Democrats are worried their supporters will stay home in November. (AP via Star Tribune) Billions of gallons of water are being pumped out of the ground in the north and east metro each year to try to stop pollution from spreading...

The Daily Digest (majority supports medical marijuana, a later SOS)

blogs.mprnews.org — Good morning. Here's your Daily Digest: Minnesota: The newest poll from the Star Tribune shows 51 percent support legalizing marijuana for medical use while 41 percent oppose. (Star Tribune) Gov. Mark Dayton won't be giving his State of the State address at the start of the legislative session.

Daily Digest (increasing the budget reserve, driver’s licence delay, the president’s appointments)

blogs.mprnews.org — Friday already? Here's the Digest: Minnesota: With the sun shining on the state budget, some DFL lawmakers say it's time to add to Minnesota's rainy day fund. (MPR News) The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is postponing for two months the elimination of bulk sales of driver's license and vehicle records.

Daily Digest (Mondale surgery, oil train fee, Obamacare sign-ups )

blogs.mprnews.org — Good morning, here is the Thursday Digest. Minnesota: Former Vice President Walter Mondale had heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic Wednesday. A statement from his family said Mondale is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery. Two DFL lawmakers from Minneapolis are proposing a significant upgrade of safety preparations across the state...

Daily Digest (behind MNsure’s problems, free lunch, debt ceiling)

blogs.mprnews.org — Abraham Lincoln was born on this day in 1809. That's 10 score and 5 years ago for those of you keeping track. Here's the Digest: Minnesota: What went wrong with MNsure? People interviewed by MPR News say MNsure's top officials, including former executive director April Todd-Malmlov, were insular and stingy with information and that they ignored...

Daily Digest (Dayton surgery, Senate building, tax collections up)

blogs.mprnews.org — Hello and welcome to Tuesday. Here's your Digest: Minnesota: A spokesman for Gov. Mark Dayton said his hip surgery went well, and the governor was resting comfortably yesterday. He's still at the Mayo Clinic today, but Dayton will spend time at the governor's residence recuperating. State Sen.

Daily Digest (IP candidate, Biden coming, immigration bill in trouble)

blogs.mprnews.org — Happy Friday! Here's your Digest: Minnesota: A Roseville resident who backed Ron Paul's campaign for president in 2012 says she's seeking the Independence Party's nomination for U.S. Senate. Hannah Nicollet is the first person to step forward as an IP candidate to challenge DFL Senator Al Franken.
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Oct 03, 2014

@tomscheck @newsduluth Isn't it always snowing in Moose Lake? Find us some news!

Oct 03, 2014

@tomscheck We were hearty until you moved here. That was the last straw!

Oct 02, 2014

We'll replay last night's gubernatorial debate at noon today on @MPRnews. 91.1 FM in the Twin Cities.

Oct 01, 2014

RT @timpugmire: State officials say MNsure rates stay lowest in nation with 4.5 percent average increase by participating companies.

Oct 01, 2014

RT @msepic: #MNsure says 4.5% average increase by participating companies. BluePlus joins market.

Oct 01, 2014

If you missed the live stream of the Franken McFadden debate on @MPRnews you can hear it on the radio at noon. 91.1 FM in the Twin Cities.

Sep 30, 2014

RT @PIOAnokaSheriff: The 2 missing Andover girls have been located in Burnsville. An adult male is in custody. The investigation is ongoing.

Sep 29, 2014

RT @tomscheck: MN Commerce Department to release MNsure rates on Wednesday at 11am.

Sep 26, 2014

RT @jennifereduffy: Last Rating Change Friday: #MNGov moves from Solid D to Likely D. Dayton's #s are soft, making it worth watching. It is one boring race tho

Sep 26, 2014

State moves to end contracts with Community Action of Minneapolis after audit raised spending issues.Will try to recover money.

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