Briefs

Biden to travel to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for 9/11 observances

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — To honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who died 20 years ago on 9/11, President Joe Biden will visit the sites of the terrorist attacks. Biden on Saturday will observe the anniversary in New York City, where hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Center, killing ​​2,753 people. He’ll also visit Shanksville, […]

Rep. Jim Hagedorn under investigation by House ethics office

BY: - September 10, 2021

The House Ethics Committee announced it is investigating Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn.

Biden vaccine mandate will apply to 4,800 Minnesota businesses

BY: - September 10, 2021

Roughly 4,800 businesses employing 1.4 million Minnesotans will be subject to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate announced by President Joe Biden Thursday, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The mandate requires all people working for businesses with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. The 1.4 million Minnesotans […]

Council committee OKs another $1.6 million in workers’ comp settlements

BY: - September 9, 2021

A Minneapolis City Council committee voted Thursday to approve $1.6 million worth of workers’ compensation settlements for nine police officers, as the exodus of cops continues in the wake of the George Floyd’s police killing.

New Senate GOP leader pledges to work ‘respectfully’ with DFL governor, House leaders

BY: - September 9, 2021

Freshly minted as majority leader, Republican state Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, pledged to work “respectfully” with DFL Gov. Tim Walz and House leaders. Senate Republicans late on Wednesday elected Miller, 38, as caucus leader, a week before Walz intends to call lawmakers back to St. Paul for a special session to take action on legislation […]

Richfield parent threatens school staff in anti-mask rant

BY: - September 9, 2021

Police removed a parent from a Richfield elementary school Wednesday morning after the parent entered the school without permission and threatened staff during an anti-mask tirade. The parent wasn’t complying with the district’s mask policy, which requires all people over age 2 to wear masks in district buildings, a Richfield Public Schools spokesperson said. Despite […]

Lazzaro scandal takes another turn

BY: - September 8, 2021

The sex trafficking scandal embroiling the Minnesota Republican Party took another legal turn Wednesday when a Republican political consultant accused a DFL strategist of defamation for promoting tweets by a Republican activist that he said falsely connected him to the scandal.

Sen. John Marty of Roseville running for Senate DFL minority leader

BY: - September 8, 2021

Veteran DFL state senator John Marty of Roseville is running for caucus leader, becoming the third Democratic senator to vie for the top job. Marty joins colleagues Sens. Melisa López Franzen of Edina and Nick Frentz of North Mankato. The caucus leadership election is planned for Sept. 13. Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, said last […]

Two DFL state senators emerge as potential successors for Senate minority leader

BY: - September 7, 2021

Two DFL senators are running to succeed Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, as caucus leader.  Kent’s surprise resignation last week and decision to not run for re-election has upended the Senate, coming on the heels of a decision by former Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, to step down from his role […]

GOP donor, accused sex trafficker Anton Lazzaro faces civil lawsuit

BY: - September 7, 2021

Anton Lazzaro, the GOP donor and strategist accused of sex trafficking young girls, now faces a civil lawsuit from the family of one of the alleged victims.  Jeff Anderson and Stacey Benson, attorneys for the minor — identified as Jane Doe 1 in the suit —say Lazzaro trafficked the young girl when she was 16 […]

Judge throws out Minneapolis public safety ballot language

BY: - September 7, 2021

A judge has thrown out language for the Minneapolis public safety ballot question that was set to appear before voters in the November election, calling it “vague, ambitious and incapable of implementation,” as well as “unreasonable.” The judge’s order throws the issue into chaos. The City Council will meet today to work on new language […]

‘The Squad’ visits Minnesota for Line 3 trip

BY: - September 3, 2021

U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib traveled to Minneapolis Friday before embarking on a trip to northern Minnesota in opposition to Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline. The four members of The Squad, as the group of progressive, early career Democrats are known, and state Sen. Mary Kunesh, DFL-New Brighton, called […]