Bill Salisbury / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Here’s what you need to know about Minnesota’s roads and bridges as the Legislature prepares to start another debate on how they are paid for: How many roads does our state have? Minnesota has more than 140,000 miles of public roads, the fifth-largest number of miles in the United States. If you count each lane separately — so each mile of a two-lane road has two lane miles and a mile of four-lane highway has four lane miles — the state has nearly 300,000 lane miles of roads.
ST. PAUL — DFLers won control of the Minnesota House of Representatives as election results rolled in Tuesday night, Nov. 6. Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt of Crown conceded defeat at 11 p.m., when he phoned House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman to congratulate her on winning a majority of seats. Hortman is expected to be elected the next speaker.
A day after bomb scares rocked the political world, Jason Lewis and Angie Craig toned down their rhetoric Thursday to engage in their third and final — and most civil — debate. The Republican congressman and his Democratic challenger avoided name-calling and personal attacks and instead focused on their policy differences during an hour-long forum at the Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount.
Former Minnesota Attorney General Warren Spannaus, a streetcar mechanic's son who rose from St. Paul's working-class Rice Street neighborhood to become one of the state's most popular political leaders, died Monday, Nov. 27. He was 86. "Warren was liked and trusted by everybody," said former Vice President Walter Mondale, who as attorney general in 1963 hired Spannaus right out of the University of Minnesota Law School. "I think a lot of the goodness and civic decency in Minnesota can be traced in part to Warren's influence."