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PAUL — Geography Teacher. National guardsman. Congressman. Now governor of Minnesota -- that’s Tim Walz. The six-term Democratic congressman defeated Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson in convincing fashion after a campaign that shed light on deep divisions in the state. Johnson trailed in the polls leading up to Election Day, Nov. 6, but narrowed the gap in recent weeks.
BAXTER—Baxter City Council members and staff convened Tuesday, Oct. 30, for a quick look at the city's enterprise funds—another step in the ongoing process to craft an airtight budget for 2019 and beyond. The enterprise funds discussed often deal with water, stormwater and sewer in the city, as well as related employees, programs and infrastructure upkeep. Budget highlights
With all six local candidates in one room, the forum Monday, Oct. 29, in Central Lakes College's Chalberg Theatre took on a different quality—not just debates between men with different interpretations of government's role, but a showdown between ideologies in central Minnesota.
Minnesota’s highest office is up for grabs and its race is tightening down the stretch as the state enters the final two weeks before Election Day, Nov. 6. Democrat Tim Walz leads Republican Jeff Johnson by about 6 percentage points — Walz is garnering 45 percent to Johnson’s 39 percent in an Oct. 15-17 poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy for Minnesota Public Radio and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Minnesota's highest office is up for grabs and its race is tightening down the stretch as the state enters the final two weeks before Election Day, Nov. 6. Democrat Tim Walz leads Republican by about 6 percentage points—Walz is garnering 45 percent to Johnson's 39 percent in an Oct. 15-17 poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy for Minnesota Public Radio and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. This is down from a 9-point advantage Walz enjoyed as recently as mid-September. Crucially, 12 percent of voters declared they remain undecided.
It was fitting he stepped up to the podium to unmistakable guitar riffs and Axl Rose's screeching falsettos in Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle." As a self-described music buff and '80s kid raised on MTV, Eryk Haapajoki invoked the names of musical acts—from rock stars to country crooners and '60s pop—extensively in his acceptance speech.
It looks like that long line at the local DMV just got a bit longer. The state of Minnesota is rolling out three Class D driver licenses for the public to use in various capacities—the traditional standard license, as well as a new Real ID license and an Enhanced license, though the Real ID license looks to be the most practical and popular going forward.
In the closing moments of an 8th Congressional District debate, Oct. 8, at Madden's Resort, one of the candidates touched upon tragedy—his mother, killed in a violent murder-suicide by a relative; another close family member, struggling in a hospital after a suicide attempt.
The office of Minnesota attorney general is often seen as an independent arbiter—the state's top lawyer, working at the behest of its people's interests and their interests alone, above the rigermarole of partisan politics. That's how Republican candidate Doug Wardlow sees it and it's an interpretation of the role that stands in stark contrast to DFL nominee Rep. Keith Ellison's politicized, activist conception of the office. Wardlow spoke on his campaign during a phone interview with the Dispatch Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The Brainerd City Council voted unanimously to approve a number of property vacations to the Brainerd School District amid concerns the district circumvented open meeting laws and intentionally kept their dealings under wraps. Per the council's decision Monday, Oct. 15, the city will vacate the portion of Williams Street between Northwest Third and Fourth streets, and the portion of Northwest Third Street between Williams Street and the BNSF Railway mainline centerline track more or less a dead-end public street.