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April 12, 2019
An executive order by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz directs state agencies to take measures to support pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.  Don Davis / Forum News Service
Walz declares Minnesota’s commitment to pollinators
April 12, 2019 - 12:50pm
April 11, 2019
State Rep. Frank Hornstein, right, and Sen. Scott Newman lead a conference committee April 8, 2019, at the Minnesota Capitol to work through differences between the House and Senate bills banning cellphone use behind the wheel except when used in hands-free mode. Michael Brun / Forum News Service
Walz to sign hands-free cellphone bill following Senate's approval
April 11, 2019 - 2:42pm
April 8, 2019
State Rep. Frank Hornstein, right, and Sen. Scott Newman lead a conference committee April 8, 2019, at the Minnesota Capitol to work through differences between the House and Senate bills banning cellphone use behind the wheel except when used in hands-free mode. Michael Brun / Forum News Service
Minnesota hands-free cellphone bill clears on way to final vote
April 8, 2019 - 5:37pm
April 6, 2019
Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday, March 28, 2019, said he would negotiate with Republicans about his budget proposal but wouldn't bend on extending a tax on medical providers that funds health care for low-income people. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Minnesota legislators share health care goals, but disagree on how to achieve them
April 6, 2019 - 10:18am
February 26, 2019
Industrial hemp produces a dense stand of plants. The seeds are harvested and can be used for oil products. The fiber of the plant stalks is currently not harvested in North Dakota. John M. Steiner / Forum News Service
Minnesota hemp farmers could sell to medical marijuana producers under new bill
February 26, 2019 - 2:29pm
February 24, 2019
Rep. Jeff Backer, R, Browns Valley, and Sen. Torrey Westrom, share a joke about each other before a Feb. 15 town hall meeting in Morris started. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times
Westrom, Backer hear climate, agriculture concerns
February 24, 2019 - 7:08pm
February 20, 2019
Sen. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville
Minnesota GOP lawmaker proposes highest fees in nation for hybrid, electric cars
February 20, 2019 - 7:15pm
February 11, 2019
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, center, told reporters on Monday, Feb. 11, that he'd meet with stakeholders before announcing whether he'd drop an appeal blocking the Enbridge Line 3 project. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Walz tightlipped as Line 3 decision deadline looms
February 11, 2019 - 1:25pm
February 8, 2019
UPDATE: Backer, Westrom set town hall meetings: Clinton is 8 a.m., location update for Herman
February 8, 2019 - 7:55pm
February 5, 2019
Gov. Tim Walz speaks with reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, after a conference call with opioid manufacturers and distributors. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Walz warns opioid manufacturers not to repeat 'lobbying blitz' on treatment bill
February 5, 2019 - 3:45pm
January 30, 2019
Gov. Tim Walz speaks with members of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in St. Paul. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE
'Moonshot' for rural broadband, local gov aid on Walz's to-do list
January 30, 2019 - 3:52pm
January 29, 2019
Raven, a 12-year-old Labrador retriever, sat at owner Ron Schara's feet during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Lawmakers proposed making the Labrador retriever the state dog breed in a bill named after Raven. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE
Picking a pupular breed: Minnesota lawmakers to choose a state dog
January 29, 2019 - 9:58am
January 24, 2019
Mental health counselor Ted Matthews on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, speaks to the House Agriculture, Food Finance and Policy Committee about stress Minnesota farmers face. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE
'The crisis is now': Advocates urge rapid action on mental health support for farmers
January 24, 2019 - 3:04pm
January 19, 2019
Sen. Tom Bakk
Minn. gun-control plan faces opposition from within
January 19, 2019 - 2:30pm
January 18, 2019

The electrolier illuminated the dome of the Minnesota State Capitol building on the first day of the 2019 legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Michael Longaecker / FORUM NEWS SERVICE
Walz urges gun control vote, marijuana groups clash at Capitol in 2nd week of session
January 18, 2019 - 11:20am