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April 25, 2015 State testers get an F THUMBS DOWN: How long has Minnesota been giving students their Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests? It’s an annual rite conducted by the Minnesota Department of... more »»

Transportation bill shorts Hwy. 14

April 24, 2015 Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) is very pleased with the Republican plan for transportation funding that passed the House this week. more »»

Bipartisan win is hard to come by

April 23, 2015 Congratulations are in order for Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who helped overcome and impasse in the U.S. Senate to finally pass a bill to help victims of human trafficking. more »»

Let Iran know what to expect

April 22, 2015 When then-President John F. Kennedy used Navy vessels to blockade Cuba in 1963, he made it clear they were to prevent Soviet ships from delivering missiles to the island nation. U.S. more »»

Mistrust of the law

April 21, 2015 Fairness and impartiality are at the foundation of the American concept of justice. It has been eroded to an alarming extent. more »»

Whistles still blowing over VA problems

April 20, 2015 True public servants are frowned upon by some in the federal bureaucracy. Anyone daring to rock the boat by going public with evidence of malfeasance risks retaliatio. more »»

Worry about Iran proposal is bipartisan

April 19, 2015 President Barack Obama takes virtually every opportunity to insist it is Republicans in Congress who are trying to torpedo what he insists is a reasonable plan to keep Iran from building nuclear... more »»

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April 18, 2015 Umlauts for all Minnesota Gov. more »»

Dayton right to push ambitious Pre-K plan

April 17, 2015 Governor Mark Dayton is a believer in focusing attention on educating young children. more »»

Just a ‘slight’ increase

April 16, 2015 Federal deficit spending is up only “slightly” from last year’s levels, according to a report this week. During the first six months of the fiscal year, deficit spending was $2. more »»

Driving’s tough enough without distractions

April 15, 2015 Every now and then law enforcement agencies crack down on one particular driving infraction, such as drunk driving, or not buckling your seat belt, or speeding. more »»

Setting limits by law

April 14, 2015 Apparently it has come to this: Some members of Congress believe they must stipulate by law that President Barack Obama must obey the law. more »»

Clinton a lock for Democratic nod

April 13, 2015 Hillary Rodham Clinton, former first lady, former senator, former secretary of state, made official on Sunday what everyone knew she was going to do, announcing in a video that she will seek the... more »»

Farm groups, governor should work together on water quality plan

April 12, 2015 Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has a plan to create 50-foot buffer strips along waterways in the state. more »»

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April 11, 2015 Cuts good for jobs? THUMBS DOWN: Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature have a long history of arguing to give this state a better business climate and create more jobs. more »»

Little Brother is watching, too

April 10, 2015 “Big Brother Is Watching You” was the threatening, cautionary motto in “1984”, George Orwell’s cautionary novel of big government controlling the lives and liberties of the individual citizens, who... more »»

Find, arrest fake tax return filers

April 9, 2015 The April 15 tax deadline is approaching. more »»

Launching Hillary

April 8, 2015 Plans to officially launch Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president clearly are aimed at shielding her from verbal missteps and embarrassing questions, as well as limiting the damage from such... more »»

Support Middle East coalition in Yemen

April 7, 2015 Across the Middle East, nations that for years took inactive roles against Islamic terrorists have been spurred to actio. more »»

The final stretch

April 6, 2015 As the Legislature heads back to St. Paul for the final weeks of the current legislative session, the focus, naturally, will be on the state budget. more »»



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