ST. PETER — A man with a criminal history on the Red Lake Indian Reservation and in Bemidji is in jail after the death Wednesday night of a fellow state hospital patient. Darnell Dee Whitefeather, 31, was taken to the Nicollet County Jail after Michael Douglas, 41, of Blue Earth County, died in his room of the Minnesota State Security Hospital in St. Peter, a facility that houses mentally ill patients. Gov. Mark Dayton has asked to be kept up to date on the investigation.
ST. PAUL — Transportation advocates have compiled one of the largest coalitions ever to fight for state money, but they do not know how much they will seek or where they would get it. Move MN launched a campaign Thursday to persuade state legislators and Gov.
ST. PAUL — Long lines at U.S. polling places could be shortened if state and local governments take actions such as allowing early voting and online voter registration, a presidential commission said Wednesday. Good ideas, Deputy Minnesota Secretary of State Beth Fraser said, adding that Minnesota already is making progress in key areas. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie implemented online voter registration last year, although Republican legislators, and some Democrats, say he should have received their approval before it launched.
A U.S. Supreme Court hearing that could affect a Minnesota law allowing child care workers to join unions took on broader interest during Tuesday’s arguments when it became apparent that justices could make a decision to ban forcing government workers to join unions. The case from Illinois dealt with whether home medical care workers should join unions. The issue is similar to a Minnesota law, passed by a Democratic-controlled Legislature, that allows home child care workers to join unions. A court case over the Minnesota law is on hold until the U.S.
ST. PAUL — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. John McCain’s wife, Cindy, met with National Football League officials Friday, trying to reduce sex trafficking that usually accompanies Super Bowl games. “We often think of human trafficking as a problem that occurs half a world away, but the reality is it’s happening in our own backyard, including at big events like the Super Bowl,” said Klobuchar, D-Minn.