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Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation came together March 7 for U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) second annual hotdish competition. Sen. Franken started the friendly “Hotdish Off” last year as a way to bring the delegation together to put partisanship aside and celebrate a Minnesota tradition. Sen. Franken and Rep. Cravaack tied for first place with their “Mom’s [...]

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Howard Lestrud ECM Online Managing Editor Gov. Mark Dayton is hopeful that the “People’s Stadium” will get a vote in the House and Senate and possibly pass by one or two votes. Dayton expressed a guarded optimism about passage of a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill when he visited with members of the ECM Editorial Board [...]

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The Commission on Judicial Selection is recommending four candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancies occurring in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. The Honorable Karla F. Hancock and the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist retired, leaving vacancies for district court judgeships chambered at Elk River in Sherburne County and at Mora in [...]

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Due to statewide redistricting and the reorganization of the Minnesota State Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, Isanti County DFL and Chisago County DFL will merge and form a new Senate District 32 in March. Isanti County residents of the townships of Athens, Stanford, Spencer Brook, and Bradford will merge into Senate District #31,which is south of Isanti [...]

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T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, no longer lives within the 6th Congressional District. The Minnesota political landscape changed Feb. 21 with the release of a redistricting plan crafted by a five-judge, court redistricting panel. Because the legislature failed to produce a redistricting plan, the court took on the task of sorting [...]

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On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members met with Governor Mark Dayton, Attorney General Lori Swanson, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and their local legislators to discuss agriculture and MFU policy matters at the State Capitol. “Changes in our economy impacting tax policy has brought the homestead tax credit to the top of [...]

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On July 20, Governor Mark Dayton, sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a major federal disaster declaration for 14 Minnesota counties and one tribal nation affected by storms July 1-11. In a July 20, letter to President Obama, Governor Dayton requested Chisago, Isanti, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Pipestone, Redwood, [...]

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