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Meteorologists, farmers, park rangers and hungry kids — many feel the brunt of the shutdown

Cecilia Chapman of south Minneapolis is a disabled senior on a fixed income who relies on food stamps. She visited the Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis Friday, Jan. 18, to talk about how important public assistance programs are to the elderly. Christopher Magan / St. Paul Pioneer Press1 / 4
Cecilia Chapman of south Minneapolis is a disabled senior on a fixed income who relies on food stamps. She visited the Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis Friday, Jan. 18, to talk about how important public assistance programs are to the elderly. Christopher Magan / St. Paul Pioneer Press2 / 4
Meteorologist Lisa Schmit of the National Weather Service employees organization is one of 6,000 federal workers in Minnesota who are not being paid during the government shutdown. Courtesy of Lisa Schmit3 / 4
Organic grain farmer Anne Schwagerl, of Prairie Point Farm in Browns Valley, Minn. has struggled during the partial government shutdown because she has limited access to the line of credit she has through the department of agriculture. Courtesy of Anne Schwagerl4 / 4
ST. PAUL -- Federal employees are working without pay, farmers can’t borrow money to buy seed, Native American communities have limited access to health care — these are just a ...

The federal shutdown so far — what you need to know

ST. PAUL -- The longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history is now a month old with no end in sight. How did we get here? What services are impacted? ...

25 Minnesota National Guard soldiers headed to the Middle East

SPC Evelyn Ramos, center, stands with her group, the 247th Financial management Support Detachment, during a departure ceremony Jan. 19, 2019 at the Arden Hills Army Training Site. The soldiers will spend nine months deployed in the Middle East. (Deanna Weniger / St. Paul Pioneer Press)1 / 2
Captain Benjamin Johnson, left, orders SFC Eric Haase to read the roll call of the 25 soldiers from the 247th Financial Management Support Detachment, Minnesota National Guard, who will be leaving on a nine-month deployment. The departure ceremony was held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 at the Arden Hills Army Training Site. (Deanna Weniger / St. Paul Pioneer Press)2 / 2
Twenty-five members of the Minnesota National Guard’s Arden Hills-based 247th detachment gathered with family and friends Saturday before deploying to the Middle East for nine months. This will be the ...

What does 'expanded background checks' mean? Here’s a primer 

ST. PAUL -- The idea is simple: Criminals shouldn’t be able to legally buy guns. Because they can now — sometimes. The proposed law to this end has a simple ...

Walz urges gun control vote, marijuana groups clash at Capitol in 2nd week of session

The electrolier illuminated the dome of the Minnesota State Capitol building on the first day of the 2019 legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Michael Longaecker / FORUM NEWS SERVICE1 / 6
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Gov. Tim Walz and other state officials on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, told reporters about the impact of the partial federal government shutdown on the state budget and discussed plans for mitigating its impact. DANA FERGUSON / FORUM NEWS SERVICE 3 / 6
A grower inspects a cannabis plant at a craft grow operation outside of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, on Nov. 8, 2018. Ben Nelms/Bloomberg4 / 6
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ST. PAUL -- Legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz had a frank discussion about passing gun control measures and days later the DFL governor urged lawmakers to bring them to ...

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WATCH: The Rink Live plans second day of streaming Hockey Day Minnesota interviews

Mick Hatten of The Rink Live interviews Brian Bissonette and Deb Pfaff of Bemidji about the city's role in hosting Hockey Day Minnesota. Jillian Gandsey / The Rink Live
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Rink Live will stream two more shows Friday, Jan. 18, as part of Hockey Day Minnesota. Watch the live shows on The Rink Live 2 channel ...
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As Forum Communications' director of content, Steve Wagner serves as the point person for content strategy and projects for the company's 30-plus newspapers. He oversees operations of Forum News Service, a regional wire provider to more than 100 newspapers, and guides newsroom collaboration between The Forum newspaper and WDAY TV.  Wagner also conducts training related to content, reporting and newsroom advancement. Previously, he served as editor at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald and Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer, and worked in writing and editing roles at The Forum, where he won numerous awards for news reporting.

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