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MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE

The top priority for Minnesota anti-abortion groups following the overturning of Roe v. Wade is winning elections in November. But even with the state Legislature and governor's office, passing sweeping bans could be a far reach.
Growing up on a family farm with six brothers and one sister, Cekalla learned early to work hard, put her faith in God and take care of her community, she said.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is floating a proposal to double the original $500 "Walz checks" he pitched earlier this year. But the odds of that happening appear slim as lawmakers failed to reach a deal to return to the Capitol for a special legislative session.
Brian Hobson of Park Rapids, chair of the Hubbard County DFL, received the endorsement earlier this month.

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The Minnesota Legislature ended its regular session in May without making any decisions on how to use a historic 9.25 billion surplus or passing public projects borrowing bill.
Legislators should work for the good of the taxpayers! We need this tax bill — the rest could have waited. You have held us hostage on this.
Earlier this year, I announced my retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2002. Until then, I will remain the sitting senator for Senate District 10 and will continue my service to Aitkin and Crow Wing counties.
Some of the state’s most vulnerable and impoverished no longer have rides to medical appointments. Taxpayers aren’t getting relief amid an inflationary environment. Minnesota could lose out on federal infrastructure dollars without the approval of matching funds. And Crow Wing County must find the money somewhere to deliver state-mandated programming — even if the state’s governing bodies fail to fund those requirements.
The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners will discuss the Minnesota Legislative session and its impact on county residents.
In local partisan races, eight Republican primaries and three Democratic primaries will take place Aug. 9. Ten nonpartisan races also attracted enough candidates to warrant a primary election. But two area election contests originally headed for the primary will instead be decided in November following the withdrawal of candidates.

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The governor on Thursday told reporters that he remained hopeful about the prospect of a special session but worried that Republican lawmakers had 'buyer's remorse' about a deal they'd struck for $4 billion in tax relief and $4 billion in spending.
Wenzel represented Morrison, Crow Wing and Mille Lacs counties from 1973-2001 in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Samuelson said he was fortunate to travel and work internationally and learned the value of diversity, empathy, and inclusiveness to forge stronger relationships and communities in a larger setting.

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