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Afton Alps to open Friday

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Ski season at Afton Alps has arrived as five lifts will be up and running on Friday, Nov. 16. The ski area will be open 3:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, ...
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Election 2018: At-large council seats go to Braucks, Vaughan

A mere 130 votes separate two candidates for Hastings City Council — fewer than the 195 write-in votes cast. In unofficial results with all nine precincts reporting, Lori Braucks leads ...
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Going once, going twice: Unclaimed property auction announced

Minnesota Department of Commerce announced Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, the state will hold a second online auction of unclaimed property from abandoned safe deposit boxes. The auction will include more ...
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Snow squall could dump 1-2 inches this morning, Nov. 9., 2018

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A snow squall over eastern Dakota County and northwest Pierce County could dump one to two inches of snow Friday morning, Nov. 9, 2018, according to the National Weather Service ...
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Minnesota Democrats pick new House Speaker

House Democrats elected Rep. Melissa Hortman to the position of Minnesota House Speaker Thursday, Nov. 8, in St. Paul. Forum News Service photo
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Democrats in the House of Representatives on Thursday night elected that chamber's next speaker and majority leader in a closed-door meeting. Rep. Melissa Hortman, D-Brooklyn Park, ...
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Gov.-elect Walz says Capitol gridlock will fall to him

Minnesota Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan, left, Gov.-elect Tim Walz, center, and Gwen Walz walk toward the Capitol Thursday, Oct. 8, in St. Paul. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service1 / 2
Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz, left, and Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan, right, speak with reporters Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Capitol. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service2 / 2
ST. PAUL -- Governor-elect Tim Walz on Thursday said it would be his responsibility to break up political gridlock in the Statehouse. Facing the country’s only split Legislature, Walz said ...
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Election 2018: Fasbender named new Hastings mayor

The final numbers are in. The people of Hastings have chosen Mary Fasbender as their new mayor. In the race for mayor, Fasbender beat out opponent Danna Elling-Schultz with nearly ...
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Ellison declares victory in attorney general’s race

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republicans had high hopes this would be the year they would break the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s grip on the state’s constitutional offices. An open race for attorney ...
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Simon wins reelection in Minnesota Secretary of State race

Secretary of State Steve Simon gave his victory speech at the DFL election night party in St. Paul, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Scott Takushi / St. Paul Pioneer Press)1 / 4
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is on track to win a second term in office. So far, the 48-year-old, DFL-endorsed incumbent leads over Republican John Howe, ...
Matthew Liedke

Matthew Liedke is the city, county and state government reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He also covers business, politics and financial news.

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DFL takes back control of House; GOP holds Senate with special election victory

ST. PAUL — DFLers won control of the Minnesota House of Representatives as election results rolled in Tuesday night, Nov. 6. Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt of Crown conceded defeat ...
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