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'No one I trust more' than Lt. Gov. Smith in U.S.Senate, Dayton says

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith tells reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, that she will run for U.S. Senate after her nearly year-long appointment ends next year. Don Davis / Forum News Service1 / 2
With her family on one side and Gov. Mark Dayton on the other, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith accepts Dayton's appointment of her to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Don Davis / Forum News Service2 / 2
ST. PAUL — Mrs. Smith is going to Washington. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken once he resigns after eight sexual misconduct allegations. Smith plans ...
Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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Twin Cities-based pizza joint declares itself home of 'Minnesota-style' pizza

Red Savoy's Pizza / Yelp
You’ve heard of New York-style pizza, Chicago deep dish. But how about Minnesota-style? Red’s Savoy pizza just put its stake in that name, changing all its branding to declare itself, ...
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Franken announces resignation from U.S. Senate

The announcement will be carried on all Forum Communication websites. U.S. Sen. Al Franken will address the Senate at 10:45 a.m. Central time today with what many say will be ...
Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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Two Minn. orchestras, Dylan earn Grammy nominations

ST. PAUL -- The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra picked up nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday morning.
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Sen. Schoen to resign amid sexual harassment allegations

Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, will resign Wednesday amid sexual harassment allegations, his attorney said. Forum News Service file photo
Under fire for allegations of sexual harassment, state Sen. Dan Schoen will resign Wednesday, his attorney said. Since allegations surfaced against Schoen two weeks ago, the St. Paul Park Democrat ...
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Texas woman tells CNN that Sen. Franken inappropriately touched her at State Fair

CNN says this photo is from the Facebook account of former Minnesotan Lindsay Menz of her and Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken. After a radio host on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, accused Franken of 2006 sexual harassment, Menz came forth with her own claim that Franken grabbed her buttocks when this picture was taken during the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.1 / 2
FILE — Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 18, 2017. (Tom Brenner/Copyright 2017 The New York Times)2 / 2
ST. PAUL -- A former Minnesota woman says U.S. Sen. Al Franken grabbed her buttocks while her husband was taking their photo at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. Lindsay Menz‏, ...
Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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On to Minnetonka: Irish football cruises past East Ridge

Sophomore Nathan Whiting was a weapon for the Irish in the snowy and blustery weather as he made four extra-points and two field goals in Rosemount's 34-6 victory over East Ridge. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Junior quarterback Max Carter scrambles and attempts to split to Raptor defenders during the 34-6 win for the Irish. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2
The Rosemount Irish football team cruised past the East Ridge Raptors in their opening section playoff game at Irish Stadium Friday night, Oct. 27. The Irish dominated the Raptors 34-6 ...
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Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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Body found in Prescott last week

PRESCOTT -- Police said a body recovered last week in Prescott was not the result of foul play. Prescott Interim Police Chief Rob Funk said an employee at Leo’s Landing ...
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Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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Irish air it out against Shakopee but lose regular season finale 19-14

Junior quarterback Max Carter delivers a pass earlier in the season against Edina. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia
The Rosemount football team really aired it out against the Shakopee Sabres at home Wednesday night, Oct. 18, but were unable to pull out the victory as they fell 19-14. ...
Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

(651) 319-4502
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Irish squads fight to the end but fall just short

The Rosemount Irish girls' soccer team poses with their MSHSL Section 3AA Runners-Up plaque after falling to Eagan 2-1 in the section championship match. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia
The Rosemount boys’ and girls’ soccer teams each had hard, close fought section championship matches last night, Oct. 17. The girls were first to play in Burnsville against Eagan and ...
Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

(651) 319-4502
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