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February 16, 2018
Hastings City Hall. File photo
City Council approves rate increase for solid waste contract
February 16, 2018 - 2:09pm
Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook is center of attention as he answers a reporter's question during a Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, Forum News Service-sponsored pre-session briefing. From left are Bakk, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Gov. Mark Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Daudt and House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman. David Oakes / Minnesota Senate photographer
Minnesota lawmakers must pass own budget, but not much work mandatory
February 16, 2018 - 10:44am
February 13, 2018
Gov. Mark Dayton, left, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt take a 'selfie' before the start of a question and answer session on the upcoming Legislative session at the Minnesota State Senate Building on Tuesday, Feb, 13, 2018. John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press
Dayton, legislative leaders: We get along just fine, thanks
February 13, 2018 - 6:46pm
Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk (left) fields a reporter's question Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at a pre-session briefing. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka looks on. Michael Brun / Forum News Service
Path is clear to Lt. Gov. Fischbach's Senate seating, but lawmakers say a challenge could be coming
February 13, 2018 - 6:24pm
February 12, 2018
Karla Bigham stands with Senate minority leader Tom Bakk to thank a room of supporters. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia
Bigham bests McNamara in special election challenge
February 12, 2018 - 11:55pm
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman listens to others as city and county emergency services leaders discuss Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, how to prepare for potential oil train disasters. Don Davis / Forum News Service file photo
Chris Coleman drops out of Minnesota governor race
February 12, 2018 - 5:17pm
February 10, 2018
A poured-in-place rubber base instead of chips would be more cost effective over a 20-year period, said Chris Jenkins, parks and recreation department director. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia
Residents provide feedback for park redevelopment
February 10, 2018 - 7:49am
February 9, 2018
Minnesota's political leaders do not always agree when they sit at the same table answering reporters' questions. Here, in a 2016 pre-session briefing, Gov. Mark Dayton, left, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt discuss a difference. They will be at the same table on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, previewing this year's legislative session. Zach Kayser / Forum News Service
Gov. Dayton, legislative leaders to answer questions together
February 9, 2018 - 11:50am
HERO Center plans currently consist of a gun range, classrooms, an outdoor training area, a training room with moveable walls and more. Courtesy of Cottage Grove Public Safety
Dakota County pursues law enforcement training center
February 9, 2018 - 9:41am
Farmington City Hall soon will be home to United States Department of Agriculture offices, too. The city signed a contact Monday to lease part of the second floor. File photo
USDA to lease office space in Farmington City Hall
February 9, 2018 - 6:49am
February 8, 2018
Voters in the district have been swamped with political fliers, sent mostly from special interest groups, state party organizations and PACs rather than directly from the candidates. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia
PACs, special interests flood area mailboxes with political ads
February 8, 2018 - 8:30am
February 7, 2018
Minnesota state Rep. Paul Thissen, a former House speaker, dropped out of the governor's race Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, after a poor showing the night before in a Democratic straw poll. He is shown at a Minnesota Newspaper Association forum in January 2018. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Analysis: Democrats' Trumpphobia continues to energize Minnesota base
February 7, 2018 - 5:35pm
Volunteers help community members register at the DFL caucus in Senate District 54. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia
Johnson, Walz leading in governor polls, but is Pawlenty in?
February 7, 2018 - 12:54pm
Senate Q&A: Karla Bigham and Denny McNamara
February 7, 2018 - 8:30am
February 6, 2018
DFLer Karla Bigham and Republican Denny McNamara faced off Jan. 30 at Cottage Grove City Hall for a Senate District 54 candidate forum. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia
Senate candidates face off at forum
February 6, 2018 - 4:30pm