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Stadium passes House, on to Senate

May 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Minnesota Vikings are close to a new stadium after the House early today approved a construction plan 71-60. Representatives debated the stadium bill an hour and 50 minutes after day-long negotiations produced a compromise bill after the House and Senate passed differing versions. Soon after passing the stadium bill, the House adjourned for the year before 4 a.m. today. Continue Reading

House to review public works bill

May 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Minnesota House will decide today whether to send a nearly $500 million public works borrowing bill to the governor or continue work on it. On Monday, the House and Senate passed slightly different versions of the bill, which would allow state funds to go toward colleges, roads, bridges, flood prevention and the state Capitol building, among other needs throughout the state. Continue Reading

House rejects Capitol repair; bonding bill in doubt

April 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesotans should be proud of their Capitol and repair its crumbling outside walls, its outdated electrical system and interior that is falling apart, Republicans said Thursday in an unsuccessful effort to fund the long-discussed work. Continue Reading

Minnesota legislative notebook: House OKs tougher synthetic drug penalties

March 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota representatives heard about problems from Duluth to Moorhead before overwhelmingly voting to crack down on synthetic drugs.
On a 120-11 Wednesday vote, the House decided to make 250 more chemicals illegal, slap more severe penalties on those who sell the drugs and make it possible for the state Pharmacy Board to quickly act to add new drugs to the illegal list. Continue Reading

Comparing Senate, Dayton, House bonding proposals

March 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Here are some highlights of public works funding proposals, to be paid by the state selling bonds, of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, House Republicans and Senate Republicans. Continue Reading

Minnesota House passes trio of weapons bills

February 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Weapons dominated discussion Wednesday night as the Minnesota House approved bills expanding self-defense rights, allowing county attorneys to carry weapons while on duty and increasing penalties for injuring prosecutors. Continue Reading

Minnesota House OKs laying off teachers based on performance

February 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

School officials could lay off teachers based on their effectiveness rather than just how long they have taught under a bill Minnesota representatives approved 68-61 Thursday. Continue Reading

Minnesota House passes bill allowing county attorneys to carry guns on the job

January 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The firearms bill would exempt county attorneys from a statute that prohibits local government employees from carrying firearms. The other bill adds prosecutors to a list of protected occupations under the state’s first-degree murder statute. Continue Reading

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Peterson eases to 11th House term

November 2, 2010 in INFORUM

Democrat bucks trend in holding back 3 challengers

Bucking a midterm wave that unseated Democrats in many similar right-leaning districts, Rep. Collin Peterson was heading toward winning an 11th term to Congress on Tuesday. Continue Reading

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Bachmann re-elected; incumbents have edge

November 2, 2010 in INFORUM

MINNEAPOLIS Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann was re-elected Tuesday, holding off an aggressive challenge by Democrat Tarryl Clark in what became the most expensive U.S. House race nationwide. Continue Reading