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ST. PAUL -- People who rely on food stamps to eat have until Tuesday, Jan 15, to make sure their eligibility is in order to guarantee their federal benefits in February. That was among the warnings Minnesota lawmakers heard Monday from state leaders working to manage the longest partial shutdown of the federal government in U.S. history. Monday was the 24th day of the shutdown of nine federal agencies.
ST. PAUL -- Federal employees expected to work during the government shutdown despite missing paychecks Friday, Jan. 11, have a simple message for politicians. “Our paychecks are being used as pawns in somebody’s game,” said William Axford, who works at the Federal Medical Center, a prison in Rochester, Minn. “That needs to stop.”
PAUL — After six years of the state-run insurance marketplace MNsure, are Minnesotans ready for more or less government involvement in their health care? MNsure just passed its first enrollment deadline on Saturday, Dec. 15, and for the second year in a row, rates are declining, access has been largely maintained and enrollments remain steady.
PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Human Services does a decent job overseeing who gets public medical assistance, but improving that work could mean big savings for the state. That’s the finding of the Office of the Legislative Auditor, a government watchdog, which released an examination of the department’s compliance in its medical assistance for adults without children program.
PAUL — Kirsten Rogers had such a hard time getting a teacher’s license in Minnesota, she quit teaching for a while. Rogers is now back in the classroom, thanks to completion of a seven-year effort to overhaul the state’s teacher licensing system. This fall, a new state agency adopted a four-tiered licensure system. The rules took effect Oct. 27.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republicans had high hopes this would be the year they would break the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s grip on the state’s constitutional offices. An open race for attorney general seemed like their best bet. But Democratic candidate Congressman Keith Ellison was poised to disappoint them, according to election results late Tuesday, Nov. 6.
PAUL — Residents of swing political districts are again seeing their mailboxes clogged with political messages trying to influence their votes. The Pioneer Press went through the political mailers sent to one Rosemount, Minn., mailbox this election season for a glimpse at how campaigns are reaching out to voters. Here is what we found:
PAUL — Attorney General Lori Swanson wants drivers to put down their cellphones when they’re behind the wheel. Swanson highlighted a report Friday, Oct. 26, that characterized distracted driving as a deadly epidemic. She noted that each year 50 Minnesotans, and more than 3,000 people across the United States, are killed by distracted drivers.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota is getting nearly $18 million over the next two years to address the state's growing opioid crisis. The two-year federal grant, announced Tuesday, Oct. 9, by the state Department of Human Services, will be used to support treatment, emergency overdose antidotes like naloxone, and the training and recruitment of more medical and mental health staff.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — The Rosemount educator who suggested on social media that someone should assassinate newly sworn in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has resigned.