Government & Politics

Minnesota Iron Range Sen. David Tomassoni dies at 69

BY: - August 12, 2022

Minnesota Sen. David Tomassoni, 69, died on Thursday evening after announcing last year he was diagnosed with ALS.

Brad Finstad to be sworn into U.S. House on Friday

BY: - August 11, 2022

Republican Brad Finstad will be sworn into the U.S. House on Friday after winning a special election in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District.

Minnesota cities, counties, sheriffs, police chiefs want to help cops recover from PTSD

BY: - August 11, 2022

So many Minnesota police officers have left the profession due to post-traumatic stress disorder that 11 Minnesota organizations started a group to highlight what has become a fiscal and staffing crisis for many communities. 

Walz: Jensen’s COVID-19 stance is ‘killing people’

BY: - August 10, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday said in an MPR interview that his Republican opponent Scott Jensen's COVID-19 stance is 'killing people.'

2022 Minnesota Primary Election Live Coverage

BY: - August 9, 2022

Live coverage of critical races in Minnesota’s 2022 primary election.

State attorneys general support new poultry rule but question oversight

BY: - August 9, 2022

The attorneys general of 10 states are backing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is meant to get poultry growers fair agreements with meat processors, but they want stronger oversight. “One of the many reasons it’s tough for small poultry farmers — and small farmers of all kinds — to afford […]

Inmates file suit after state orders them back to prison from COVID-19 release

BY: - August 9, 2022

Two inmates within the Minnesota correctional system filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state’s Department of Corrections, seeking to stop the agency from ordering 18 inmates back into prison.  During the pandemic, the DOC released 158 inmates because of their susceptibility to COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions, through a conditional medical release program, which […]

Feds secure first publicly known plea in Child Nutrition Program case

BY: - August 9, 2022

Federal prosecutors have secured a first publicly known plea agreement in the Feeding Our Future investigation, which involves alleged fraudulent use of taxpayer dollars from the federal Child Nutrition Program. Federal court records show Mohamed Jama Ismail signed a guilty plea agreement in late July for passport fraud.  Ismail’s passport was taken by the FBI […]

Minnesota primaries are tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know.

BY: and - August 8, 2022

Minnesotans who haven’t voted in the primary election have a final chance Tuesday, with a number of high-profile races including a DFL primary challenge for U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar from former Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels; a DFL primary challenge for U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum from progressive activist Amane Badhasso; a winnowing of the […]

U.S. Senate Democrats’ climate, health and tax bill clears first hurdle to passage

BY: and - August 6, 2022

The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Saturday night to advance to debate on Democrats’ sweeping energy, health and taxes bill, clearing a major hurdle to passage. The 51-50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, cleared the chamber to debate and vote on amendments to the measure and indicated that it had […]

Minneapolis mayor didn’t know about MPD interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News

BY: - August 5, 2022

FOX News right-wing host Laura Ingraham recently aired a segment in Minneapolis where she interviewed police officers and painted a grim picture of the city. 

Traverse County Attorney attempts to intervene in Minnesota abortion rights ruling

BY: - August 5, 2022

A county attorney in west-central Minnesota filed a motion Thursday to appeal a ruling that strengthened Minnesota abortion rights. Traverse County Attorney Matthew Franzese — through the law firm the Thomas More Society — said the motion to intervene comes after Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced last week that he will not appeal a […]