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MPCA seeks lake-by-lake plan to protect wild rice

It’s Greek to me — As I was walking into work today I noticed Greece's national flag was flying on a pole above the State Capitol. It piqued my interest because the flag was flying where the POW/MIA flag is usually placed. Old Glory and Minnesota's State flag are still flying in their spots.

McCollum blasts new wild rice plan — DFL Congresswoman Betty McCollum says she's concerned about a state plan to change a clean water standard aimed at protecting wild rice. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Tuesday it's updating its standard to account for new science. But McCollum said Wednesday the move will result in lower water quality.

MPCA seeks lake-by-lake plan to protect wild rice

Dayton: 'Outdated' clean water standard could close down mining industry — Gov. Mark Dayton is siding with U.S. Steel in a battle over water pollution standards for the company's taconite facility in Mountain Iron. In an interview with MPR News, Dayton said the existing sulfate standard aimed at protecting wild rice is out of date, and pushing it could be catastrophic for northeastern Minnesota.

Dayton takes his plan for universal pre-k to school — Aiming to boost support for his proposal to ensure that every child in Minnesota receive an early start in school, Gov. Mark Dayton began his day Friday where he thinks education should begin. At Newport Elementary School, Dayton watched as preschool teacher Brittany Vasecka began her class with a book and the letter of the week.

House GOP deadlocked on body cam bill — The chief House author of a bill involving video taken by cameras worn by police officers says the House is unlikely to take up the issue this year. Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, said the House is unlikely to vote on the bill this year.

Uber protests bill to require more insurance — The ride-sharing service Uber is fighting a bill in the Minnesota Legislature that would require the drivers to have additional insurance coverage. Uber General Manager Mike White said Thursday the legislation is unreasonable and could cost the state jobs.

Sunday liquor letdown in House? — The chair of the Minnesota House Commerce Committee says he isn't sure he'll hold a hearing on a bill that would allow the state's liquor stores to open on Sundays. "I don't know yet," said Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska. Hoppe said he's going to meet with Rep.

Education big winner in Dayton’s updated budget plan — Weeks after state officials announced a huge jump in Minnesota's projected budget surplus, Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday unveiled how he wants to spend it. Education would see the biggest boost. On Tuesday, he proposed spending $343 million to fully fund full-day pre-kindergarten for every four-year-old in Minnesota.
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Mar 29, 2015

RT @AP_Politics: Minnesota bird flu outbreak spreads to a top poultry producing county, alarming industry:

Mar 29, 2015

RT @StarTribune: When lawmakers snickered in debate over sex assaults and bodily fluids, a victim heard it all, writes @jontevlin

Mar 27, 2015

Minnesota officlals press the White House over "illegal steel." (Via @brettneely)…

Mar 27, 2015

@KrauseBill gov portraits weren't included. Price-tag includes artwork in Reception room, rotunda and Senate

Mar 27, 2015

RT @MPRnews: Minnesota could drop the number of required tests for students:

Mar 27, 2015

Cost of major MN Capitol renovation is creeping up. Art work inside the historic building estimated at $1 billion…

Mar 27, 2015

@MyLittleBloggie I thought that too. It wasn't on the list. They costed out Gov's Reception Room, murals in rotunda, Senate and Sup. Court

Mar 27, 2015

RT @edunbarMPR: I'm going to live-tweet this Senate Enviro Cmte mtg on wild rice protection. @MnPCA testifying on their draft proposal.

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