Latest Minnesota state government News

In-person voting starts in Minnesota, 3 other early states

Sep. 23, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In-person voting for the midterm elections opened Friday in Minnesota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming, kicking off a six-week sprint to Election Day in a landscape that has changed much since the pandemic drove a shift to mail balloting in the 2020 presidential contest. ...

Minnesota governor pushes back against food fraud criticism

Sep. 22, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz pushed back Thursday against critics who say his administration should have done more to thwart what federal prosecutors have called a scheme to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud the U.S. government of at least $250 million. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Sep. 22, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. September 17, 2022. Editorial: Is DHS too big to succeed? Legislators should commission a report on restructuring the sprawling state agency. Minnesota’s Department of Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead will find...

EXPLAINER: How alleged plot exploited pandemic to net $250M

Sep. 20, 2022 23:23 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Department of Justice has charged 48 people in Minnesota in what prosecutors have called a $250 million scheme to defraud a federal meals program. Prosecutors said just a fraction of the money went toward feeding kids, with the rest laundered through shell...

Minnesota Gov. Walz agrees to 2 more debates with challenger

Sep. 17, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz agreed Saturday to two additional debates against Scott Jensen, following complaints from the Republican challenger that Walz is ducking him. The candidates will meet for an Oct. 18 debate sponsored by a group of television...

Minnesota governor rolls out plan to fight climate change

Sep. 16, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz on Friday rolled out a framework for fighting climate change that shows his proposed direction on the environment if he wins a second term, a sweeping plan that would slash carbon emissions and speed the switchover to electric vehicles. ...

Minnesota high court to hear debate on cameras in courtroom

Sep. 16, 2022 14:22 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether to permanently allow cameras in the courtroom, following trials by ex-police officers Derek Chauvin and Kim Potter that were watched by millions of people around the world. An advisory committee of...

Judge who voided Minnesota abortion limits blocks appeal bid

Sep. 07, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge who struck down key restrictions on abortion in the state has rejected a bid by a county prosecutor who hopes to appeal the ruling. Ramsey County District Judge Thomas Gilligan ruled Tuesday night that Traverse County Attorney Matthew Franzese...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Sep. 07, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. September 1, 2022. Editorial: More bad news on student test scores Too many Minnesota kids continue to struggle with math and reading. Once again, Minnesota students are returning to a new school year with news of poor...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Aug. 31, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. August 28, 2022. Editorial: Consistency key for kids, and diversion programs Counties lack uniform standards for diverting kids from the juvenile justice system. A recent Star Tribune investigation tells the story of two...