Archive | March 19, 2013

by Howard Lestrud ECM Political Editor Gov. Mark Dayton will present a bonding bill proposal in the $750 million range and will announce its contents in two weeks. Dayton told the ECM Editorial Board last week that he is focusing on economic development projects that include   projects for Rochester, Mankato and St. Cloud. The governor […]

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by Howard Lestrud ECM Political Editor Despite what the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) calls a low walleye population, department fisheries experts report the outlook for summer fishing should result in good walleye opportunities. Dirk Peterson, DNR fisheries section chief, said efforts are also being made to expand opportunities for good fishing of northern pike and […]

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by Howard Lestrud ECM Political Editor Minnesota’s largest private employer, the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, has been flexing its muscles at the State Capitol this session, with hopes of passing one-of-a-kind legislation that will help the medical institution achieve a $6 billion project to expand itself and also grow the city of Rochester. A few […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Sen. Branden Petersen sat against a flat-white office wall last Friday, March 15, talking about a big decision. “If you want to blame me for forcing this confrontation, you can. But I think the confrontation was inevitable,” Petersen said of Republicans and same-sex marriage. Newly elected to the Senate, […]

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by Howard Lestrud ECM Political Editor With the Minnesota health insurance exchange passing the Senate and now on its way to the governor’s desk to become law, the Senate can focus on its second top priority, all-day kindergarten. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, told the ECM Editorial Board on Friday that the Senate will […]

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