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More Talks, But No Progress, For Special Session

Hopes of quickly calling Minnesota lawmakers back for a special session are fading. The Legislature adjourned late last month without passing a $1 billion package of public construction projects, immediately prompting talk of an overtime session.

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Lawmakers Gather to Sort Out Possible Special Session Items

Three working groups of Minnesota House and Senate members are convening to see if they can salvage a potential special session.

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Dayton Pitches Federal Partnership to Boost Water Quality

Gov. Mark Dayton is aiming to set up a program with the federal government to fund water quality improvement efforts in Minnesota. Dayton submitted a $795 million partnership proposal to the federal government on Tuesday.

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Mark Dayton speaks in the St. Cloud Great River Regional Library. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Mark Dayton speaks in the St. Cloud Great River Regional Library. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Governor Dayton Speaks Out Against Discrimination in St. Cloud [VIDEO]

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton spoke in front of a packed crowd at the St. Cloud Library on Tuesday afternoon, responding to questions on diversity and racial discrimination.

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Lawmakers Press Dayton to Hit Pause on UCare Decision

State senators are pressing Gov. Mark Dayton to halt a contracting process that would squeeze out a major health insurance company. UCare sued the state last month after being cut out during a bid process for public programs.

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Dayton: Special Session Over Mille Lacs Not Panning Out

Given legislative resistance, Gov. Mark Dayton says he's doubtful that a special session will occur to provide assistance to businesses along Lake Mille Lacs. Dayton acknowledged Tuesday that his hopes of a relief package aren't panning out

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Judge Natalie Hudson (Photo: Minnesota Court of Appeals website)
Judge Natalie Hudson (Photo: Minnesota Court of Appeals website)
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Dayton Elevates Judge Hudson to Minnesota Supreme Court

Gov. Mark Dayton has elevated Appeals Judge Natalie Hudson to Minnesota's Supreme Court in a pick that maintains diversity in the top ranks of the judiciary. The Democratic governor announced his selection Tuesday to fill the seat coming open because of Justice Alan Page's retirement.

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Pillsbury State Forest, photo courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Pillsbury State Forest, photo courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
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Dayton Sees Storm Damage, Says Brainerd’s Open For Business

After meeting with resort owners who were hit by recent severe thunderstorms, Gov. Mark Dayton declared the Brainerd lakes area "open for business." Dayton visited the Brainerd area Friday. Reports say he took a helicopter survey of the damage and heard the concerns of resort owners.

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(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Hefty Roster Of Public Works Projects Lands Before Lawmakers

Jostling has begun among Minnesota cities, counties and state government agencies to get road projects, nature trails, amphitheaters, prison repairs and much more into a public-works borrowing plan.

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Governor Dayton To Sign Bills Avoiding Government Shutdown

Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign the bills passed by a special legislative session, avoiding a government shutdown.

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