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Petition To Change Sunday Shopping Laws In North Dakota Comes Up Short

Group Changes Tactics And Will Push For Legislation To Remove Blue Laws

FARGO, ND — A petition drive to change North Dakota’s Sunday shopping laws has come up very short. The man behind the petition, Fargo businessman and now political candidate Brandon Medenwald, says only about 5-thousand of the more than 13-thousand signatures needed were collected. Medenwald will now focus on pushing for reintroduction of a bill next year to remove the…

Brandon Medenwald Announces Candidacy for District 41 House Seat

Staunch Blue Law opponent to run for the Democratic endorsement

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo businessman behind the push to do away with North Dakota’s Sunday Blue Laws is running for the legislature.  Brandon Medenwald is running for a state house seat in District 41. His fellow Democrat, Paula Thomas, announced she is seeking the Senate seat for District 41. State Representative Pamela Anderson also announced her re–election bid. Medenwald…

North Dakota Secretary of State Race Becomes Competitive

Jaeger Faces Competition In His Own Party And By Democrats

Al Jaeger, Will Gardner, Josh BoscheeBISMARCK, ND — The longest-serving Republican official in the North Dakota Capitol has announced he’s running for another term. Al Jaeger will seek the GOP’s endorsement for secretary of state. The 74-year-old Jaeger has served more than two decades in the office that is best known for supervising elections. Jaeger faces a challenge from fellow…

Minnesota Attorney General Decides To Run For Re-Election

Lori Swanson Had Considered A Run For Governor

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says she plans to run for re-election as attorney general instead of running for governor. Swanson was widely expected to launch a bid for governor. But the three-term Democrat told supporters in an email that she is running instead for re-election. In her email, Swanson wrote that the work of her…

Tim Pawlenty: Thanks, but No Thanks to Run for Senate Seat

The GOP thought it could help flip the state

  MINNESOTA — One of the biggest Republican names in Minnesota politics isn’t interested in running for the Senate. Former Minnesota governor and presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty had considered running for the seat vacated by Al Franken. The GOP thought it could help flip the state. But appearing on Fox Business, Pawlenty says it’s too short of a campaign for…

Decision on Al Franken’s Vacant Senate Seat to Come Wednesday

That is when Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his pick to serve in the Senate through next year's election

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — We will know who is taking Senator Al Franken’s seat tomorrow. That is when Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his pick to serve in the Senate through next year’s election. Voters will pick a candidate in 2018 to finish Franken’s current term ending in 2020. Franken announced his resignation last week amid a growing cloud…

Senator Al Franken Returns To Work And Issues Another Apology

Calls The Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him "Extremely Humbling"

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Al Franken has returned to Capitol Hill for the first time since the reports of sexual harassment against him. The Minnesota Democrat held a short news conference outside his Senate office. He apologized again, saying he knows he has “let down” a lot of people. Franken said the accusations against him have come as a shock…

Minnesota State Senator to Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Schoen has denied the allegations

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota state Sen. Dan Schoen will resign in the wake of accusations of sexual misconduct. His attorney says the Democrat from St. Paul Park plans to resign at a news conference on Wednesday. He was accused by a Democratic candidate for office of grabbing her buttocks in 2015. Another lawmaker said he sent her a…

How to Help a Loved One Who is Struggling with Sexual Assault

Victims tell their story when they're ready to. How you can help. KMSP Fox 9 Reporter Iris Perez reports

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With several people in power being accused of sexual assault and harassment, many people are looking to reach out to the victims. They are looking for a way to help. “It reminds all of us of whatever past traumas and experiences we’ve had,” Teri Walker McLaughlin says.  She is the executive director with the Minnesota Coalition…

Minnesotans in Shock Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct by Sen. Al Franken

Many of the people we asked said they didn't hear about it before we told them and are surprised to see the string of accusations reach Franken

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Many people in Moorhead say they were shocked by the photo of Al Franken with Leeann Tweeden. Many of the people we asked said they didn’t hear about it before we told them and are surprised to see the string of accusations reach Franken. Brad Leeser with Clay County Republicans says any investigation is dragging it out…