It was unusual if not unprecedented when the chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court appeared Thursday afternoon before a House/Senate conference committee, asking lawmakers to fully fund the budget request of the judicial branch. Chief Justice Lorie Gildea told legislators, “When everything else breaks down, the courts are where the people come… and they […]
The Minnesota Senate has passed (35-to-31) a bill that would override paid sick leave ordinances in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, plus short-circuit some communities’ efforts to increase the minimum wage above the statewide level. Roseville Democrat John Marty says those local ordinances help working people. “They’re struggling to pay the bills, to put food on […]
Governor Mark Dayton and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt continue their standoff over REAL ID. Daudt says because Dayton stated the governor does not have authority to allow illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses, there should be no problem including that “comfort language” in the bill. Daudt says, “There will not be a bill that […]
A morning meeting between Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders leaves them not only far apart on major elements of the state budget, but also disagreeing about how to resolve their differences. Dayton says the Republican-controlled House and the Senate first need to agree between themselves — not like in 2015 when he tried three-way […]
Protesters have converged on the State Capitol as the Minnesota Senate prepares to vote on a bill that would override Minneapolis and Saint Paul ordinances requiring employers to provide paid sick and family leave. Minneapolis business owner Dan Swenson-Klatt says if he needs to raise wages and provide sick time to keep good employees, he’ll […]
Officials have identified the man killed by a deputy in Vadnais Heights Sunday. Ramsey County Sheriff’s officers were responding to a suspicious R-V and car behind a gas station near Highway 61 and Interstate 694 at around 9:30 pm. Four deputies located 47-year-old Darren Jahnke in a parked R-V and a struggle ensued. Tasers were […]
Authorities in Sherburne County are asking for your help in finding a missing man. 31-year-old Matthew Deets was last seen in Coon Rapids. His family says they have not seen or heard from Deets since March 2nd, which is unusual. Deets is described as a white man, six-feet tall, 260 pounds. He has brown hair and […]
Severe Weather Awareness week continues today with tornado drills scheduled in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Test warnings will go out this afternoon at 1:45 and then again this evening at 6:45.