Ben Lien

Next Minnesota Governor Supports Legalizing Marijuana, Community Reacts

Gov. Elect Tim Walz says the legislation could reduce crime and help the state's economy

MOORHEAD, Minn. — North Dakota voters may have just turned down Measure 3, but in Minnesota marijuana might just be legalized in the next few years. Reducing crime, creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy are just a few reasons Minnesota’s next governor says he wants to legalize marijuana in the state. And Walz is already gaining followers. “If it was…

MN Cities with Municipally-Owned Liquor Stores Challenge Legislators

150 cities, including Barnesville and Fergus Falls, stand with the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – For some cities in Minnesota, like Barnesville, a big part of their revenue comes from the sale of one thing: liquor. “It allows us to provide some transfers into the general fund to keep property taxes down. In the past, we’ve been able to do that, and it’s a nice benefit to the community,” said Mike Rietz, the…

Moorhead Receives $6 Million in New State Bonding Bill for Underpass Project

The Moorhead City Council will formally vote on accepting the bond Monday

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Trains pass through the heart of Moorhead on a daily basis, but the wheels are in motion for a new underpass to help cars avoid train traffic. “First and foremost this is a project that has been really a couple decades in the making. This will be a very, very important project not only for people getting around…

MN Gov. Dayton signs $1.4B bonding bill to fund construction projects

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP/KVRR) – Gov. Mark Dayton signed a $1.4 billion bonding bill Wednesday morning for construction projects around the state, despite some serious concerns. The bonding bill passed in the closing moments of the legislative session earlier this month. The bill borrows money and general obligation bonds to fund construction projects around the state. This year’s bill includes $825 million in…

Funding for NW MN Projects Hang in the Balance as Gov. Dayton Considers Signing or Vetoing Tax & Budget Bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up their session Sunday night and many questions are still unanswered. If Gov. Mark Dayton doesn’t sign a tax bill, which sync’s Minnesota’s tax code with the federal Republican law, it would create a complex filing season next year. Vetoing a budget bill would not give schools money to improve security. The…

Minnesota State Representative Ben Lien Shares Hopes for New Session

Sitting down with the League of Woman Voter of the Red River Valley Lien talks about the issues being discussed in the state legislature

FARGO, N.D. Minnesota’s Assistant Minority Leader, Ben Lien from Moorhead answered questions Friday afternoon in Fargo. Lien spoke to the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley. With the Minnesota Legislature under Republican control, Democrats, lead by Governor Dayton, will face some obstacles. Lien said the two hardest bills to pass will be the bonding bill and a…