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Minnesota would reap profit from federal health law changes

July 24, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

ST. PAUL — Minnesota could collect $42 million more over five years due to new federal health-care laws, although insurance companies and small businesses say new laws will cost them much more. Continue Reading

Electronic gambling ready, but charities may go slow

July 16, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

ROSEVILLE, Minn. Minnesota charities could begin rolling out electronic pull tab and bingo games this fall, although concerns remain that could slow their acceptance. Continue Reading

Officials eye late-August disaster legislative session

July 11, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

ST. PAUL State leaders are shooting for a special legislative session in late August, but they must wait until federal officials decide what aid they will provide after last month’s northeastern Minnesota flooding. Continue Reading

$288 million in requests for $47.5 million

July 10, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

ST. PAUL Ninety applicants want $288 million for public works projects across Minnesota, state officials announced this afternoon, but just $47.5 million is available.
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Amendment proposals become legal battles over words

July 10, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

ST. PAUL The Minnesota Supreme Court is being asked to mediate battles over words in a pair of constitutional amendment proposals voters will decide Nov. 6. Continue Reading

Ritchie sued over ballot title change, then alters another title

July 9, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

ST. PAUL Republicans took Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to court this morning for changing the title of a proposed constitutional amendment, then he changed the title of the second amendment going in front of voters on Nov. 6. Continue Reading

Obama signs bill to ban synthetic drugs

July 9, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

ST. PAUL A federal bill banning synthetic substances that mimic traditional illegal drugs is now law. Continue Reading

Marriage amendment backers ask court to overturn title

July 9, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

ST. PAUL Supporters of a constitutional amendment proposal to ban gay marriage are asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to reject a rewritten title that voters will see when they vote on the proposal Nov. 6. Continue Reading

Health care dispute keeps on giving

June 29, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

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June is when it falls into place in Minnesota

June 19, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

Have you ever noticed the pieces seem to fall into place in June?
Minnesotans spend so much time dealing with the elements and the other trials of life they let June sneak up on them. Those cold winter months are gone and the ugliness of early spring is just a memory. Continue Reading