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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party opposes all nuclear power and wants to allow felons to vote as long as they're not actually in prison, two of a number of official party positions that might surprise some even within the DFL. The positions are contained in the Democratic party's official "ongoing platform" and "action agenda" — collections of positions on issues ranging from taxes to abortion — that was approved earlier this month at the state convention in Rochester.
ST. PAUL — The Republican Party of Minnesota wants to repeal the Legacy Amendment and outlaw gay marriage (again), two of a number of official party positions that might surprise some even within the GOP. The positions are contained in the Republican party's official "standing platform" — a collection of positions on issues ranging from taxes to abortion — that was approved earlier this month at the state convention in Duluth.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's simmering civil war of game fish — muskies vs. walleyes — has flared up at the state Capitol. In response to a yearslong state effort to expand muskie stocking, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have proposed a sweeping bill that would turn back the clock on recent victories for muskie fishing enthusiasts.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on people who falsely claim their pets are true service dogs. They have the support of many who rely on highly trained service dogs and say they're increasingly seeing the accommodation abused by owners of dogs of all sorts, from accessory-cute to vicious. "This was brought to me by a lady who had to have her service dog put down after being attacked by a fake service dog," said Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, who is pushing the bill in the House.
ST. PAUL — Two Minnesota lawmakers want Minnesota to get an extension so that people can still board domestic airplanes with regular driver's licenses after Oct. 10. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Reps. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, and Dennis Smith, R-Maple Grove, asked Gov. Mark Dayton to seek an extension from the federal government on a fall deadline over compliance with Real ID, a new, higher-security identification regimen.
ST. PAUL — Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will not run for the U.S. Senate in November. Pawlenty, who has been courted by numerous donors and influential Republicans to run for the seat formerly held by Al Franken, made his announcement on the Fox Business Network Tuesday, Jan. 16. "I am very interested in public service and service for the common good," Pawlenty said on air. "There are a lot of different ways to do that, but I'll tell you today that running for the United States Senate in 2018 won't be part of those plans."
ST. PAUL — In his first public remarks about the growing sexual harassment scandals sweeping through the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday that though sexual harassment is a "pervasive" problem throughout society, "there should be consequences — swift and consistent consequences." The comments came in response to a reporter asking about how to "change the culture" that many have cited as allowing men to act in inappropriate — or worse — ways toward women they have power over.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. - A 61-year-old hunter from Lakeville spent three nights lost in the woods, drinking bog water to stay hydrated, before being rescued by helicopter Thursday from remote woods in Pine County, officials said. Robert Kniefel was hungry and tired but otherwise unharmed when rescuers from the Minnesota State Patrol and St. Paul Fire Department reached him shortly after first light in Nemadji State Forest. He went grouse hunting alone Monday, Sept. 18, and got lost.