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Farmers hard to come by in the Minnesota Legislature

December 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Just nine of the 201 incoming members of the Minnesota House and Senate list themselves as farmers (with a 10th calling himself a farm owner) a record-low number.
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Capitol’s DFL leaders must guard against overreach

November 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

After a full two decades of divided state government in St. Paul, the three Democrats setting the agenda at Minnesota’s Capitol starting in January must prove the party can take advantage of what may be a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Continue Reading

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, St. Paul, column: GOP calls Minnesota’s debt a ‘surplus’

October 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In fact, there is no surplus. To make matters worse, lawmakers left the next Legislature with another huge deficit to clean up next year. Its estimated size ranges from $1.1 billion to $4.5 billion when we take into account all of the dishonest shifts and gimmicks passed by the GOP Legislature. Continue Reading

Group gathers in Bemidji to support Minnesota marriage amendment

October 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A few dozen people gathered Saturday at the Rotary Pavilion on the Lake Bemidji waterfront to rally support for the marriage amendment in the final weeks before the election. Continue Reading

Disaster aid receives support, but incident clouds session

August 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Provisions to provide Minnesotans financial aid to recover from summer storms received little opposition this morning as two committees discussed a bill the full Legislature is to debate later today. Continue Reading

Lawmakers plan for short disaster session

August 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota legislative leaders hope their members listen to them and make today’s special session to provide disaster relief a smooth one. But things do not always go as smoothly as planned. Continue Reading

Disaster money: where it would be spent

August 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Here is how nearly $168 million in disaster-relief funding and other reallocated funds would be spent under a bill Minnesota legislators will debate Friday. Continue Reading

Lawmakers look toward Aug. 24 special session

August 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Two key lawmakers say a special session to provide flood relief to northeastern and central Minnesota is on track for next week. Continue Reading

Primary voters make picks for Minnesota Legislature

August 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Primary voters in 40 legislative districts strewn from Bemidji to Stillwater were deciding Tuesday who will take part in a big November struggle for control of the Minnesota Legislature.
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Reshaping the anti-bullying law in Minn.

July 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota needs an anti-bullying law that supports victims, calls for constructive discipline and teaches children and adults alike to recognize and stop the behavior, according to a preliminary report by a gubernatorial committee. Last fall, national watchdog group Bully Police USA gave the state a C-minus, the lowest grade of the 47 states that have anti-such laws. Continue Reading