GOV. TIM WALZ

Candidates Announced For 7th Judicial District Chambered In Moorhead

Gov. Tim Walz will make the appointment

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Three candidates are being considered for District Court judge in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. It is chambered in Moorhead. The finalists include Mara Rausch, currently a managing attorney in the Office of Public Defender in Moorhead. Jade Rosenfeldt, a shareholder at Vogel Law Firm. And Nathaniel Welte, an assistant county attorney for the Becker County Attorney’s…

Tribal Overpayments Take Center Stage At State Senate Hearing In St. Paul

$25 million was overpaid to the White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

      ST. PAUL, Minn. — A state senate hearing on turmoil at the Department of Human Services in Minnesota turns to talk of overpayments. $25 million was overpaid to the White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The money was paid for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years. Sen. Michelle Benson chairs…

Gov. Walz Pushes For Gun Control Hearings And Appoints New DHS Commissioner

Walz says he wants a special session and he supports universal background checks and so-called "red flag" protective orders

Gov. Tim Walz & Jodi HarpsteadST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz says it would be “counterproductive” to call the Minnesota Legislature into special session on gun violence only to watch Senate Republicans adjourn without holding any hearings or moving forward with gun control bills. “And I spent the day out at Game Fair where our most experienced firearms owners…

DHS Overpaid White Earth Nation $11 Million, Also Overpaid Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

The money was paid out for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years

ST. PAUL, MN — Gov. Tim Walz confirming that the Minnesota Department of Human Services overpaid White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe over $25 million. The money was paid out for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years. Walz says his administration uncovered the issue when he took office back in January. A spokesman…

Tony Lourey Resigns as Walz’s Human Services Commissioner

He leaves just days after two deputy commissioners announced their departures also without explanation.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Gov. Tim Walz’s Human Services commissioner has resigned just six months after being appointed. The governor’s office announced Tony Lourey’s resignation on Monday without explanation. He leaves just days after two deputy commissioners announced their departures also without explanation. Lourey says in a resignation letter that a new leader is necessary to carry out the…

Gov. Walz To Have Surgery, Transfer Power To Lt. Governor

Walz is being treated for a medial meniscus tear, an injury common for runners

Tim Walz and Peggy FlanaganST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has announced that he will have surgery on his left knee on Thursday and transfer power to the Lieutenant Governor. Walz is being treated for a medial meniscus tear, an injury common for runners. He will transfer power to Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan while he is under general anesthetic….

Gov. Walz Considers Special Session to Help Diabetics

Walz says he's open to calling a special session to help diabetics who can't afford the cost of insulin,

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz says he’s open to calling a special session to help diabetics who can’t afford the cost of insulin, but lawmakers must first work out a deal. A measure that would have established an emergency insulin program had broad support during the legislative session, but was left out of budget bills. The program would…

Minnesota’s Governor Signs $20 Billion Education Budget Bill

The law invests an additional $543 million in E-12 education funding

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz stops by Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul to sign the $20 billion E-12 education budget bill into law. He was joined by students, teachers, and legislators. The law invests an additional $543 million in E-12 education funding. It’ll provide Minnesota schools with more resources per child and keeping the classroom doors…

Minnesota’s Governor Seeks Presidential Disaster Declaration

spring storms caused nearly $40 million in damage to infrastructure across Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN — Gov. Tim Walz is seeking a presidential disaster declaration for spring storms that caused nearly $40 million in damage to infrastructure across Minnesota. He requested the declaration for 51 counties and four tribal governments. Officials say flooding, blizzards and strong winds from mid-March to late April caused damage totaling $39 million. That is well above the $8…

MN Legislature Approves $48 Billion Budget in Special Session

Gov. Walz says he looks forward to signing the budget into law

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s House and Senate ends a special session by passing a $48 billion budget to fund state government for the next two years. The budget bills met their 7 a.m. deadline. House Speaker Melissa Hortman says Democrats secured new money for education and preserved funding for health care programs for more than one million Minnesotans. Minority Leader…