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How often does it come down to a choice weighed “between the lesser of two evils” in American politics? Maybe that’s something of a hyperbolic expression in today’s polarized political environment, but there’s no denying American voters are often voting against someone or some policy as much as they’re voting for someone or a specific policy measure -- contests, compared to decades past, featuring no shortage of mud-slinging and second-guessing.
PAUL — Geography Teacher. National guardsman. Congressman. Now governor of Minnesota -- that’s Tim Walz. The six-term Democratic congressman defeated Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson in convincing fashion after a campaign that shed light on deep divisions in the state. Johnson trailed in the polls leading up to Election Day, Nov. 6, but narrowed the gap in recent weeks.
Minnesota’s highest office is up for grabs and its race is tightening down the stretch as the state enters the final two weeks before Election Day, Nov. 6. Democrat Tim Walz leads Republican Jeff Johnson by about 6 percentage points — Walz is garnering 45 percent to Johnson’s 39 percent in an Oct. 15-17 poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy for Minnesota Public Radio and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- It looks like that long line at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices just got a bit longer. The state of Minnesota is rolling out three Class D driver licenses for the public to use in various capacities -- the traditional standard license, as well as a new Real ID license and an Enhanced license, though the Real ID license looks to be the most practical and popular going forward.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn.—Fishing was the subject—though, this time around, it was about reeling in people, not fish, for the sake of the Minnesota's preeminent outdoor sport. State Sen. Paul Gazelka, state Rep. Josh Heintzeman, Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Thiede and others gathered Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Minnesota Fishing Museum in Little Falls to meet with museum backers to discuss potential state funding and support for the institution going forward.
BRAINERD, Minn.—It happens—you're overworked, short on time and spread too thin to cobble together a proper meal, or maybe you've got the kind of hunger only a 20-pack of McNuggets will satisfy. To each their own. Many reasons bring us to the Golden Arches.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Nude dudes on water scooters—that's the gist of it. That, more or less, was the dispatch report to Tim Collette, a conservation officer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, who launched his patrol boat from Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake north of Brainerd in north-central Minnesota about 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12, to arrest a pair of naked troublemakers operating vintage stand-up personal watercraft.
NISSWA, Minn.—Compared to the typically one-on-one contests of general elections, primaries have a king-of-the-hill vibe—a whole slew of candidates, some serious contenders, some not, all scrapping tooth and nail for their party's nomination. For the Minnesota Republicans, this year did shake out like that. That's because the winners of the primary were crowned long before Tuesday's election, said Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan on Friday, Aug. 17, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.
ISLE, Minn.—Gubernatorial hopeful Jeff Johnson may have his eyes fixed on 2018, but if a stop by Mille Lacs Lake is any indication, he'll have to keep an eye on 1999 if he's elected. That's the year the Supreme Court, in a split 5-4 ruling, upheld an 1837 treaty recognizing Ojibwe rights to hunt, fish and gather under their own rules. While the treaty covers a swath of traditional Ojibwe territories in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Mille Lacs Lake has remained a focal point—particularly since state and tribal authorities agreed to co-manage its resources.
BRAINERD, Minn. — "They said Hole-in-the-Day was like a big log in the road, too high to get over, too big to go around."