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How often does it come down to a choice weighed “between the lesser of two evils” in American politics? Maybe that’s something of a hyperbolic expression in today’s polarized political environment, but there’s no denying American voters are often voting against someone or some policy as much as they’re voting for someone or a specific policy measure -- contests, compared to decades past, featuring no shortage of mud-slinging and second-guessing.
ST. PAUL — In the wake of the 2018 midterms, the political landscape has shifted significantly — though, if you asked state Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same. “For whatever reason, Minnesota seems to like divided government,” he said during a phone interview Monday, Nov. 19. “You know, it’s been pretty common, every one of my years, that Minnesota government in one form or another has the powers divided between Democrats and Republicans.
ST. PAUL -- This one’s for all the speed demons out there. As motorists might have noticed, stretches of state highways have seen speed limits increased from 55 mph to 60 mph. As it turns out, it represents a statewide initiative to increase speed limits for two-lane highways across Minnesota, said Tom Dumont, a traffic engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
PAUL — Geography Teacher. National guardsman. Congressman. Now governor of Minnesota -- that’s Tim Walz. The six-term Democratic congressman defeated Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson in convincing fashion after a campaign that shed light on deep divisions in the state. Johnson trailed in the polls leading up to Election Day, Nov. 6, but narrowed the gap in recent weeks.
Minnesota’s highest office is up for grabs and its race is tightening down the stretch as the state enters the final two weeks before Election Day, Nov. 6. Democrat Tim Walz leads Republican Jeff Johnson by about 6 percentage points — Walz is garnering 45 percent to Johnson’s 39 percent in an Oct. 15-17 poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy for Minnesota Public Radio and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- It looks like that long line at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices just got a bit longer. The state of Minnesota is rolling out three Class D driver licenses for the public to use in various capacities -- the traditional standard license, as well as a new Real ID license and an Enhanced license, though the Real ID license looks to be the most practical and popular going forward.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Ironically, it wasn't even an issue on the dockett. At about the midpoint of the 8th Congressional District debate at Madden's Resort Monday, Oct. 8, Democratic candidate Joe Radinovich and GOP candidate Pete Stauber were discussing education—particularly, special education and the government's legal obligation to fund it.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn.—Fishing was the subject—though, this time around, it was about reeling in people, not fish, for the sake of the Minnesota's preeminent outdoor sport. State Sen. Paul Gazelka, state Rep. Josh Heintzeman, Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Thiede and others gathered Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Minnesota Fishing Museum in Little Falls to meet with museum backers to discuss potential state funding and support for the institution going forward.
BRAINERD, Minn.—It happens—you're overworked, short on time and spread too thin to cobble together a proper meal, or maybe you've got the kind of hunger only a 20-pack of McNuggets will satisfy. To each their own. Many reasons bring us to the Golden Arches.
BRAINERD, Minn. — The Mississippi is a behemoth, one of the largest rivers in the world with a muscular current to boot, but — at least in the Rice Lake portion of river — the behemoth's liquid surface was as still, tranquil and glossy. Smooth as polished glass.