A consumer-protection measure introduced Friday by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar could affect wood products manufacturing. Klobuchar, DFL-Minn., and Sen.
A bill to promote international travel to the United States was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Senate. Spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minn., chairwoman of the U.S. Commerce Committee panel that oversees the U.S.
BEMIDJI. Minn. -- Jane Erwin drove here on Monday from Hoffman, Minn., to tell U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson that government shouldn't expand its role in health care. Unemployed, Erwin said Congress should have done more for jobs than for health care. "There have been times in my life I haven't had health insurance, I do not believe that government owes me health insurance," she said to a health care reform roundtable which drew applause. "I grew up in a family with eight brothers and sisters -- we all feel the same way," Erwin said. "We do not believe that government owes us anything.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- "This is Recovery City," U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, DFL-8th District, called Bemidji after a tour Thursday of millions of dollars in federal stimulus projects. From the $100,000 brand-new Paul Bunyan Transit bus used for the tour to stopping to wrap his knuckle on new sewer pipe going in along Irvine Avenue, Oberstar said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is doing what it should do. "This is all-encompassing recovery," said the chairman of the U.S.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate will be decided July 5 in Nevis. Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken will see their battle decided by surrogates -- pigs -- in a race tp the finish. The "pork barrel race" to end the Coleman/Franken election is part of Nevis' Fourth of July festivities that includes the inaugural Nevis Pig Races, says Dave McCurnin of the Nevis Chamber & Commerce Association. "For a small fraction of the $50 million spent by the candidates so far, each will get his name on the back of a piglet," McCurnin said Tuesday.
Failure to gain support for a state-American Indian operated casino ranks among Gov. Tim Pawlenty's greatest disappointments. The two-term Republican governor on Tuesday announced he will not seek re-election in 2010, but did not give plans on what he'll do after that.
An American Indian language program in elementary schools could help preserve the language, says Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji. Her provisions for an American Indian language preservation program were included in the omnibus outdoors heritage funding bill signed late Friday night by Gov.
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. - Gov. Tim Pawlenty, in the wee hours Saturday morning, didn't waste time in vetoing a legislative tax bill that would raise taxes $1 billion. Vetoing the bill at 3 a.m. at the Capitol, a half hour before taking to White Bear Lake for the Governor's Fishing Opener, the Republican governor said the veto was "like plucking leeches from the taxpayers." The veto sets up a confrontation over whether the Legislature will get its work done by its constitutional deadline of next Monday.
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. - The Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener moves back north in 2010, after seeing its first visit to the metro area this year in 61 years of the event. Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Saturday night at the concluding banquet that Kabetogama would host the 2010 event. The small city is on Kabetogama Lake, about 30 miles southeast of International Falls. The lake on the southwest edge of Voyageur's National Park last played host to the Governor's Fishing Opener in 1982 - 28 years ago - when Gov.