Walz Extends Peacetime Emergency And It’s Upheld By Democrat-Controlled House

Senate Denies Confirming His Pick For Commissioner of Labor and Industry

ST. PAUL, Minn. (8:15pm Update) — Gov. Tim Walz is dealt a blow by the Republican-led Minnesota Senate during today’s special session. They voted to deny the confirmation of Nancy Leppink as Commissioner of Labor and Industry. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said she wasn’t working out and that he asked Walz to find her another role. The Senate also…

On “Joe Mauer Day” In Minnesota, Twins Announce They Will Retire Mauer’s Number

Mauer announced his retirement at the end of the 2018 season

ST. PAUL, MN — Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed today, December 18, 2018, as “Joe Mauer Day” in Minnesota. The Minnesota Twins have announced that they are retiring Mauer’s uniform number, No. 7. That will happen during a pregame celebration sometime during the 2019 season. Mauer announced his retirement at the end of the 2018 season. The St. Paul native played…

Former Minnesota House Speaker Picked For Walz Cabinet Post

Margaret Anderson Kelliher has been chosen to lead the Department of Transportation

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Walz has named a former speaker of the Minnesota House as his transportation commissioner and is keeping the budget commissioner of outgoing Gov. Mark Dayton. The Democrat appointed former House speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher to lead the Department of Transportation. The governor-elect announced that Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans will keep his…

Garth Brooks Sells Out US Bank Stadium In One Hour, Governor Asks For A Second Show

At least 50,000 fans were in line, on the phone, or online Friday when the last ticket was sold

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has asked Garth Brooks for a second show at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. At least 50,000 fans were in line, on the phone, or online Friday when the last ticket was sold for Garth Brooks’ May 4th concert. It sold out in under 1 hour. Governor Dayton asked Garth to hold a second…

Walz Visits State Capitol To Begin Transition Into Governor’s Seat

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is leaving office after two terms

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota’s Gov.-elect Tim Walz is kickstarting his transition to the state’s top office after defeating Republican Jeff Johnson in Tuesday’s open race for governor. He visited the state Capitol Thursday with Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan and his wife, Gwen Walz, to open a transition office. There’s plenty of work to do. The new governor will have to…

Democrat Tina Smith Will Face Republican Karin Housley In November

The Women Will Compete To Finish Former Sen. Al Franken's Term

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sen. Tina Smith easily defeated five other DFL challengers in the Minnesota primary election to advance to the general election in November. Karin Housley only faced two others in her primary race and easily beat out both. The women will compete against each other to fill the remaining term of Sen. Al Franken which expires in…

Minnesota Corrections Officer Killed By Inmate

Officer Joseph Gomm was attacked by an offender and was pronounced dead at a hospital

BAYPORT, Minn. — A corrections officer has died after he was assaulted by an inmate at the Stillwater state prison, prompting a lockdown at Minnesota’s prison system. The Minnesota Department of Corrections says Officer Joseph Gomm was attacked by an offender at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Gomm was a 16-year veteran of the department….

Governor Dayton Issues Emergency Order For Counties Dealing With Severe Weather

Leaders Will Tour Storm Damage On Friday

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, Governor Mark Dayton. U.S. Senator Tina Smith, and U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson will visit communities in southwestern Minnesota to assess damage caused by recent severe weather. Visits will include the City of Slayton, the City of Walnut Grove, the City of Balaton, and surrounding communities. Governor Dayton has signed Emergency Executive Order 18-11, proclaiming…

MNLARS In Danger Of Running Out of Money For Fixes

The Legislature provided $9.6 million in emergency funding earlier this year

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two state agencies may soon run out of money to fix Minnesota’s new driver registration platform. Minnesota’s Information Technology Services and the Department of Public Safety are tasked with fixing MNLARS. The computer system has struggled with bugs and errors since its launch last summer. The agencies told lawmakers in a report this week that the…

Governor Dayton Keeps His Promise And Vetoes Tax Code Bill

Dayton wants the Legislature to address his request for emergency aid to schools

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton has kept his promise and vetoed a bill that would have aligned Minnesota’s state tax code with federal changes passed last year. The Democratic governor rejected the bill passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature with about 20 grade-school students standing behind him at a St. Paul school. Dayton said the bill tilted toward the…