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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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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
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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)
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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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Questions Of Timing, Votes Rise Up As Leaders Shape Budget

Rank-and-file Minnesota legislators are clamoring for time to digest newly assembled budget bills constructed in private before the Legislature returns for a quick special session to adopt them.

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Jerry Carlson -- Cashing in on the spring panfish bonanza is an enjoyable time of the year for many anglers.
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Governor’s Fishing Opener Festivities Underway [AUDIO]

Explore Minnesota's Alyssa Ebel joined Jerry Carlson and I Thursday to talk about the Governor's Fishing Opener. Alyssa is the organizer of the event at Lake Vermillion this year. The events begin today and continue through Saturday.

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DNR Officials Promote Dayton’s Outdoors Budget Proposal

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources are touting Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to boost funding for fish, wildlife, outdoors and enforcement programs, including more conservation officers.

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Dayton Calls For Felony-Level Penalties Against Poachers

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to crack down on poachers with tougher criminal penalties and longer license revocations.

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