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March 16, 2018
Gov. Mark Dayton announces changes he wants to make in Minnesota's $46 billion, two-year budget on Friday, March 16, 2018. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Proposed Dayton budget, tax changes 'complicated'
March 16, 2018 - 4:16pm
Buffers of grass that filter crop land pollutants and soil out of water are required by Minnesota law. Submitted photo / Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Capitol Chatter: Buffer-related lawsuit fails
March 16, 2018 - 2:05pm
March 14, 2018
Sharing a laugh cannot be a bad sign. Gov. Mark Dayton got Senate President Michelle Fischbach and House Speaker Kurt Daudt to laugh Wednesday night, March 14, 2018, as the governor delivered his State of the State speech. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Dayton looks back, ahead in his last State of State speech
March 14, 2018 - 9:15pm
March 13, 2018
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Michele Fischbach, also the state Senate president, agreed that elder care is a bipartisan issue at a Tuesday, March 13 news conference. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota politicians join to fight elder abuse
March 13, 2018 - 3:39pm
March 12, 2018
Minnesota state Sen. Matt LIttle of Lakeville  talks about a bill Monday, March 12, 2018, he sponsors that would extend background checks to all firearms sales in the state. With him are Sens. Paul Anderson of Plymouth and  Scott Jensen of Chaska. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Committees unlikely to take up Minnesota gun bills
March 12, 2018 - 6:16pm
Minnesota GOP legislators want Medicaid recipients to work
March 12, 2018 - 5:18pm
March 10, 2018
Students from across the Twin Cities marched down Marshall Avenue from St. Paul Central High School to the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul to demonstrate against gun violence Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Jean Pieri / St. Paul Pioneer Press
School security: Is there such thing as too much?
March 10, 2018 - 5:18pm
March 9, 2018
Beth Kantor of Plymouth tells a Minnesota Senate committee on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, that a service dog is important to help her get around with multiple sclerosis. Watching are state Sens. Justin Eichorn of Grand Rapids and Ann Rest of New Hope. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Capitol Chatter: Service animal owners want protection against fakes
March 9, 2018 - 12:24pm
March 8, 2018
Minnesota state Reps. Jason Metsa of Virginia, left, and Dale Lueck of Aitkin answer questions about a wild rice protection bill during a Thursday, March 8, 2018, House committee meeting. Don Davis / Forum News Service
New wild rice protection begins move through Legislature
March 8, 2018 - 3:37pm
March 7, 2018
Caroline Palmer of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault testifies in a Minnesota Senate committee Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in favor of legislation making it illegal to intentionally touch someone's buttocks. Watching are Sens. John Marty and Carolyn Laine. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota legislation would make touching butts illegal
March 7, 2018 - 5:29pm
March 5, 2018
Cottage Grove, Minn., houses one of the east metro's 3M sites. Katie Nelson / Forum News Service
GOP lawmakers concerned about 3M lawsuit settlement
March 5, 2018 - 4:31pm
March 2, 2018
Minnesota House Transportation Chairman Paul Torkelson of Hanska talks to Commissioner Johanna Clyborne of Minnesota Information Technology Services after a Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, meeting about long delays in issuing motor vehicle titles, registrations and license plates. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Capitol Chatter: MNLARS issues foreshadow future projects
March 2, 2018 - 1:12pm
March 1, 2018
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm announces on Thursday, March 1, that the state is catching up on a backlog of elder abuse cases. With her is Chuck Johnson, acting human services cmmissioner. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota catching up on elder abuse cases
March 1, 2018 - 5:21pm
February 27, 2018
Commissioner Johanna Clyborne of Minnesota Information Technology Services testifies to a state House committee Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, about problems with a computer system for motor vehicle registrations, license plates and titles. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Dayton aides: Get cash quick or MNLARS fix fades
February 27, 2018 - 6:03pm
February 26, 2018
Minnesota state Rep. Jennifer Schultz of Duluth listens to testimony Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, about what the House can do to improve its sexual harassment rules. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota House begins harassment rule update process
February 26, 2018 - 4:30pm