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New Survey Shows Surge in Vaping by Minnesota Young People

Minnesota now has 55 confirmed or probable cases of vaping-related severe lung injuries.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–A new survey says one in four Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the previous 30 days, a 54% increase from the same survey in 2016. The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday the jump among 8th graders was even more significant, with 11% reporting vaping in the preceding 30 days, nearly double the 2016 figure….

Walz Considering Legislation to Pay College Athletes

Walz says college athletics is a multi-billion dollar business and athletes should have a right to agent representation.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Gov. Tim Walz says he’s willing to look at legislation that would allow college athletes in Minnesota to hire agents and make money off endorsements, like the law signed in California. Walz says he’s always been fairly uncomfortable with NCAA rules that prohibit athletes from earning endorsements. California’s first-in-the-nation law is cast as an attempt to bring more…

Walz Urges House-Senate Negotiations on Insulin Bills

As soon as they negotiate a solution, Walz said he will call a special session on emergency health care issues.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Gov. Tim Walz has called on House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders to negotiate a compromise between their competing insulin affordability proposals so he can call a special session. Walz said in a letter Tuesday to Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka that he’s encouraged by recent legislative hearings on the proposals….

Governor Walz Launches the Missing and Murdered Indigenious Women Task Force

The MMIW Task Force draws attention to the disproportionate rates of murder and violence experienced by indigenous women and girls.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan launched the first meeting of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Task Force on Thursday. The meeting launched with a ceremonial bill signing with advocates, tribal representatives, law enforcement, and elected officials. The MMIW Task Force draws attention to the disproportionate rates of murder and violence experienced by indigenous…

Walz Signs Order Creating Governor’s Biofuels Council

The council will report back by November 2020 on how to best expand the use of biofuels.

PLATO, Minn.–Gov. Tim Walz is setting up a council to advise him on how to foster the growth of Minnesota’s biofuels industry. The Governor’s Biofuels Council will have 15 members, including representatives of the agriculture, biofuels and transportation industries, as well as environmental and conservation groups. The council will report back by November 2020 on how to best expand the…

State Lawmakers Talk About MN Budget Issues

They say the budget over the next two years will cost between $47-$49 billion

DILWORTH, Minn. — During the spring legislative break, a few Minnesota Democrats are finding out what people in rural areas want to see within the state’s next budget. Sen. Kent Eken of Twin Valley and Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth are hosting town halls all over western Minnesota. Some of the issues most important to their constituents include Gov. Tim Walz’…

Gov. Walz Cites Fergus Falls Mayor as Example of Good Politics in State of the State

Governor Walz used personal stories from Minnesotans to show how his agenda can improve their lives

ST. PAUL, MINN. — Governor Walz delivers his first state of the state address without a prepared speech. Governor Walz used personal stories from Minnesotans to show how his agenda can improve their lives. From teachers influencing students to a tragic story of a husband who died on a dangerous road, Walz used these stories as examples of how he…

Minnesota Swears-In Gov. Walz, Lt. Gov. Flanagan Makes History

The ceremony marked the start of Tim Walz's career as Minnesota Governor and Peggy Flanagan's role as Lieutenant Governor

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Family, friends, political supporters and foes welcomed Minnesota’s newest constitutional officers. The swearing–in ceremony marked the start of former congressman Tim Walz’s career as Minnesota  Governor and Peggy Flanagan’s role as Lieutenant Governor. “We find ourselves at a time when economic, social, racial, and geographic division feels rampant,” Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said. “I will not…

Minnesota Governor Walz Sworn-in

New Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is using his inaugural address to stress the need for better education and health care for everyone.

Tim Walz and Peggy FlanaganST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) –New Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is using his inaugural address to stress the need for better education and health care for everyone. Walz spoke at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul after taking the oath as Minnesota’s 41st governor since statehood. Walz told the crowd of dignitaries and supporters that disparities in…