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Daily Digest: House spending outstrips governor’s — Hello, here's your Digest: Minnesota: Spending on the battle for control of the Minnesota House is adding up to more than spending on the governor's race. (MPR News) And thankfully for some, the race is nearing an end. (Star Tribune) The race for governor is also in the final stretch and each side has a different message.

Daily Digest: Election minus one week — Good morning, just one week to go before Election Day. Here's your Digest: Minnesota: Republican Mike McFadden says Sen. Al Franken's ad that blames McFadden for layoffs at a Montana mill is false. (MPR News) The PoliGraph agrees with McFadden. (MPR News) Franken got some campaign help from a Mad Man.

Franken declines MPR State Fair debate invitation — 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 — 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 — 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) — 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) — 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) — 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 ) — 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) — 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...
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Jan 27, 2015

Gov. Dayton's budget proposal uses most of surplus for education, focusing on early ed, K-12.…

Jan 26, 2015

RT @rationaldoge: Noted: sidewalks are hip-snappingly treacherous in the Mill City this fine morning.

Jan 23, 2015

RT @mukhtaryare: Big news! I'm very excited to announce that I'm officially joining Minnesota Public Radio (@MPRNews) as a digital reporter.

Jan 16, 2015

@HennepinSheriff That doesn't really clarify anything. Who shot whom?

Jan 16, 2015

@kryssypease And Phil is enjoying the breakfast of champions, I see.

Jan 16, 2015

RT @MPRnews: The archdiocese has filed for bankruptcy. Now what?

Jan 14, 2015

@ChasAnderson I should have guessed that from the . in the middle.

Jan 14, 2015

Does anyone know how to pronounce MN.IT? Are state agency names getting a little too clever? Who comes up with this stuff?

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