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Senate Republicans fire Minnesota commerce commissioner as Walz’s emergency order is extended

ST. PAUL (FOX 9) – After the Minnesota House blocked a Republican effort to end Gov. Walz’s emergency powers over the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Republicans rejected the confirmation of the state’s commerce commissioner. The Senate voted to oust Commissioner Steve Kelley by a vote of 33-31 on Friday. The vote followed another vote in the Minnesota House to allow Governor Walz to…

Dilworth State Rep. Paul Marquart votes against MN Police Accountability Act

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – State Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth is the only House Democrat to vote against a police reform bill. Marquart calls the death of George Floyd inhuman and atrocius. He agrees the officers in that case should be prosecuted. However, he feels the Minnesota Police Accountability Act is too broad. It requires the Attorney General’s office to…

“Code & space issues” at Moorhead Armory

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Minnesota National Guard says the Moorhead Armory has not been renovated in a major way since it was built 32 years ago. Governor Tim Walz seemed surprised Tuesday when senate Republicans left out $5.3 million for repairing the building in their proposed bonding bill. The project was included in the house Democrats’ bill. The guard says the…

Boschee hopeful LGBTQ ruling will help end discrimination fears in ND

WASHINGTON – In a 6-3 vote the Supreme Court ruled an employer can not fire an employee for being gay or transgender. Democratic-NPL State Representative Josh Boschee of Fargo says this is a big win for North Dakota which did not have the same protections for LGBT people as surrounding states before the ruling. Boschee also hopes the ruling will…

Walz surprised Moorhead Armory renovation isn’t considered in bonding bill

MINNESOTA – Gov. Tim Walz wants a $2 billion dollar bonding bill plan he proposed in January to pass in the legislature’s special session. He seems surprised $5.3 million in renovations and an addition to the Moorhead National Guard Armory is no longer on the list of projects that could get state money. “Everybody from the Pentagon to National Guard…

State Sen. Kent Eken votes against Gov. Walz keeping Covid-19 Emergency Powers

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Legislature is in special session and they’re tackling big issues like coronavirus response and police reform. State Sen. Kent Eken of Twin Valley was one of three Democrats to join Republicans in voting to end Governor Tim Walz’s emergency powers for coronavirus response. The Democrat controlled House struck down the measure allowing the governor…

Walz & MN legislative leaders announce police reform priorities

State Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL) MinneapolisSAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announces police reform priorities he would like to see in the legislature’s special session that begins Friday June 12th. They’re modeled on recommendations from the Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous Caucus and the Police Involved Deadly Force Encounters Working Group. They include reforming a statute defining…

Walz calls special session that begins Friday

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz calls a special session beginning Friday with priorities to pass police reform following George Floyd’s death. He also wants to build a stronger economy while fighting Covid-19. Walz has extended the coronavirus peacetime emergency by 30 days. He says it will ensure the state can continue to effectively respond to the pandemic….

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…