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Earlier this month, Traverse County Attorney Matthew Franzese filed a petition with District Court Judge Thomas Gilligan Jr. asking to intervene in the case. Gilligan in July handed a victory to abortion providers who had filed a lawsuit in 2019 challenging state regulations, including a 24-wait period for the procedure.
New job numbers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show seasonally-adjusted unemployment held at 1.8% in July, holding at an all-time low reached in June.
Doty is leaving to serve as the chief financial officer at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.
From the column: "There seems to be another, even more insidious motivation for such a move. Government employee unions are the single-largest funders of left-leaning politicians and causes in America."

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The city council adopted language for an advisory referendum to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The Brainerd City Council approved a settlement agreement with the Firefighters Union Local 4725 Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. The firefighters will not be reinstated.
Workers had until July 22 to apply for the bonus pay, and the state ended up receiving 1,199,416 applications — almost double the 667,000 applications lawmakers expected to receive. Now about 18% face rejection and have until the end of August to appeal.
From the column: "There are good reasons for government to consider ownership."
In its 2021 uniform crime report released Friday, Aug. 12, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported 201 murders, an 8.5% annual increase, and a 21.6% increase in violent crime. The previous murder record was set in 2020, when Minnesota had 185 murders — a 58% increase from the 117 reported in 2019.
Tomassoni, an independent lawmaker from Chisholm, was first elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 1992. He revealed his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2021, and continued to serve as a senator.

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The Iron Range lawmaker's legacy will include a $25 million law that will help fund research of ALS, which he had for the last year of his life.
Last month, the public safety department announced more state patrol troopers would patrol the Twin Cities following a chaotic Fourth of July weekend in Minneapolis that left several injured.
Primary elections typically have a significantly lower turnout than the November general election. Minnesota has had nation-leading voter turnout in its last three general elections, reaching nearly 80% in 2020.

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