St. Paul Pioneer Press
Minnesota legislators blasted past their midnight deadline Monday, May 22, to get their work done — but will come back immediately to finish the job. Forty-five minutes before their constitutionally mandated end of this year’s five-month legislative session, Republican legislative leaders joined with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to announce they had reached a deal on how much money to spend on tax cuts, transportation, health and human services and public schools.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature is dragging its feet toward a mandatory midnight adjournment of the regular session Monday with much of its work on creating a two-year, $46 billion state budget left undone. Each passing minute increases the likelihood overtime will be needed.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Bud Grant isn’t the only Vikings legend having a sale these days.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After the Minnesota Gophers were eliminated from the Tuscaloosa regional by host Alabama in a 1-0 pitchers duel, coach Jessica Allister told her team she was proud of them, but also had a message for the NCAA selection committee. "I think the unfortunate thing is that our athletes didn't get the chance to do that at their home," Allister said. "And it's unfortunate a group of people sitting in a room can make that decision. I think it's just sad. They deserved better."
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers are dragging themselves toward their Monday finish line, making what Lt. Gov. Tina Smith called "slow, steady progress" on completing a two-year $46 billion state budget. To get it done, Democrats will have to let go of some of their demands for more spending and Republicans will need to abandon some of the policy changes they wanted. On Sunday, both sides gave up some centerpieces of their agendas in pursuit of a final deal.
ST. PAUL -- Police are investigating after a state representative reported being robbed at gunpoint on a St. Paul street Thursday night. Rep. Dennis Smith, R-Maple Grove, was not injured in the robbery at Grand Avenue and Milton Street, police said. “A gentleman approached me and he had a gun out, asked for my wallet and my phone and I agreed. And I was able to walk away safely,” Smith said Friday morning. Officers responded to Salut Bar Americain on Grand Avenue at 10:40 Thursday night, where Smith had returned to call for help, said Steve Linders, a St.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota employers added 15,100 jobs in April, the most in one month since September 2013, according to the state. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, which announced the seasonally adjusted figures Thursday, also said the state unemployment rate held steady in April at a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent.
DEEPHAVEN, Minn. -- A Deephaven businessman, with a background that includes vodka, whisky, gelato and links to the “Dear Abby” advice column. launched his campaign Tuesday to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen of Edina. Dean Phillips, who has never held public office but has contributed at least $170,000 to Democratic candidates and causes over the last decade, announced his Democratic bid in the 3rd Congressional District after several weeks of speculation.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Former Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong won’t be signing with the Vikings. Armstrong tried out for the Vikings at a rookie minicamp last week as a running back and a safety. He said last Sunday that defensive backs coach Jerry Gray told him he would be brought back for organized team activities as a safety, but he tweeted Thursday night that it won’t happen.
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A St. Thomas Academy teacher has been fired after she allegedly sent “inappropriate and concerning” text messages to at least three students, according to the all-male Catholic prep school in Mendota Heights. The content of the text messages centered around drugs and alcohol, said Mendota Heights Police Chief Kelly McCarthy. The allegations are being investigated, said McCarthy, who added that the teacher has not been arrested.