STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Notebook: Groups use gay marriage issue to raise campaign money
By Don Davis
Some say the gay marriage debate is behind Minnesotans, but it has a way of coming back again and again a year after Minnesotans voted to not ban same-sex marriage and four months after i... Posted on 11/25/13 at 9:03 AM
THIS WOMAN WRITES Homeschooling vs. Quality Products from the Public Sector
The other day I purchased an item from a large public entity, and I had difficulty getting what I wanted.
The basic product, which has been having a history of problems lately because of a restruct... Posted on 10/31/13 at 1:57 PM
THE BRIDGEHUNTER'S CHRONICLES Introducing: The 2013 Smith Awards for Spectacular Disasters
Aside from new categories for the 2013 Othmar H. Ammann Awards, the Smith Awards, where the author picks the best and worst news in the world of (historic) bridges, also has a new category that will... Posted on 10/29/13 at 9:50 AM
THE PERIPHERY Is Homeschooling Better?
I work for a school district, so it seems odd for me to ask such a question. Then again, one sees the good and bad when on the inside. I've written about this before.
But even though state schools h... Posted on 10/21/13 at 7:19 AM
The Housed voted 97-32 and the Senate 52-14 for a bill that covered a nearly $3 billion state budget deficit. The final vote came at 10:30 a.m. today and ended a brief special session called because lawmakers could not meet their midnight deadline.
Legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty could not balance the state budget by midnight, forcing the Legislature into what was supposed to be a brief special session. Democratic leaders and Republican Pawlenty agreed to begin the special session at 12:01 a.m. today, promising passage of a budget-balancing measure by sunrise. The sun was well up and the budget bill still was not ready.
The Senate approved a budget-balancing bill 34-33 Monday afternoon, with the House voting for it 71-63 Monday night. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to veto the bill because it contains a tax increase.
LOST AND FOUND: Search for 4-year-old has a happy ending as rural New London boy is found in a pond with his puppy. (Editor's note: Yes, it's not really a local story, but it's nice to read a happy ending.)
Margaret Anderson Kelliher, a Mankato-area farm girl who now lives in Minneapolis and is wrapping up her fourth year as state House speaker, outlasted four other serious candidates through six ballots Saturday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. However, her name won't be the only only one on the DFL primary ticket in August.
Grand Rapids players entered Wednesday’s Minnesota high school boys basketball state tournament opener hoping to prove a point to coaches who seeded the Class AAA field — and to themselves. The Thunderhawks accomplished both with a 70-61 quarterfinal victory over Benilde-St. Margaret’s at Williams Arena.
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