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Minnesota state lawmaker reports threatening email to police

BY: - September 28, 2020

A Minnesota state senator on Sunday said he reported a threatening email to Lakeville police  State Sen. Matt Little, DFL-Lakeville, is currently running for re-election in a competitive district. The former Lakeville mayor on Sunday night tweeted about the email he says his campaign received Friday night. “Yesterday, I received a graphic death threat against […]

Minnesota GOP political ad man’s side hustle as radio host could draw attention from regulators

BY: - September 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — In appearances over the past year on a small AM radio station in Mankato, U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Blue Earth, discussed the federal response to COVID-19, impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump and of course, the Minnesota Vikings. One thing he didn’t discuss, though, is that the news jockey throwing softballs his way […]

In debate, Feehan questions Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s integrity; Hagedorn punches back

BY: - September 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s opponent accused him of corruption on Sunday night — citing information first revealed in a Minnesota Reformer investigation — in the first televised debate in the hotly contested race to represent Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District. Dan Feehan, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nominee, said in his opening statement that “personal corruption” is the […]

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How an obscure election law at the center of 2nd district race turmoil came together

BY: - September 25, 2020

Former U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone’s 2002 death less than two weeks before Election Day created an unprecedented situation for Minnesota election administrators  — but the tragedy wouldn’t spark a change in Minnesota election law until more than a decade later.  Beth Fraser, a former deputy Secretary of State, recalls the discussions that shaped the eventual […]

Minnesota reports 1,191 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

BY: - September 25, 2020

More than 94,100 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,994 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 1,191 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 1,924,020 tests have been completed. Of the 94,189 people who have tested positive, 84,256 no longer need to be isolated.

Pence to cops in Minneapolis: “We’re with you”

BY: and - September 24, 2020

The vice president and President Donald Trump’s daughter came to Minneapolis Thursday with a clear message: They’re with the cops. Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump met with “Cops for Trump” at the Minneapolis airport’s Intercontinental Hotel, filling a ballroom with law enforcement officers and their supporters, many of them in red shirts declaring […]

2nd congressional district race delayed after sudden death of Legal Marijuana Now candidate

BY: - September 24, 2020

The sudden death of a congressional candidate in Minnesota’s 2nd District has forced a Feb. 9 special election, Minnesota’s top elections official announced on Thursday. Adam Weeks, the Legal Marijuna Now candidate running to unseat U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, died this week, a party official told the Reformer. A cause of death was not immediately […]

Minnesota reports 995 new COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths

BY: - September 24, 2020

More than 93,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,988 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 995 new cases and three deaths. Approximately 1,895,302 tests have been completed. Of the 93,012 people who have tested positive, 83,862 no longer need to be isolated.

Workers at Classical MPR and The Current announce intent to unionize

BY: - September 24, 2020

Employees of Minnesota Public Radio’s classical music station and The Current, its contemporary music station, announced their intent to form a union on Thursday, citing a need for more equitable pay, greater staff diversity and more consistent and transparent discipline.  The announcement comes during a week that has already roiled one of the largest nonprofits […]

Legal Marijuana Now candidate for 2nd congressional district dies, potentially triggering special election

BY: - September 24, 2020

Adam Weeks, who was running for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd District as the Legal Marijuna Now Party candidate, has died, a party official told the Reformer. Dennis Schuller, Legal Marijuana Now Party treasurer, confirmed Weeks’s death and said a statement from the family would be coming soon. He said Weeks was “passionate in his pursuit […]

Metro Transit workers authorize strike after rejecting “final offer” on one-year contract

BY: - September 24, 2020

Metro Transit bus drivers, light rail operators, mechanics and cleaners voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike on Wednesday after workers rejected the year-long contract proposed by the Metropolitan Council, which operates the transit service. The vote came after the Metropolitan Council presented workers with a “final offer” in August, forcing the Amalgamated Transit Union Local […]

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50 Minnesota state and federal races to watch in the 2020 election

BY: - September 24, 2020

The presidential race alone is the source of enough election excitement this year, but there’s plenty to keep track of at the state and congressional levels as well. All 201 Minnesota House and Senate seats are on the ballot this year, plus each of the state’s eight U.S. House seats and one of Minnesota’s U.S. […]