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Minnesota Lawmakers Avoid Partial Shutdown as Final Budget Passes

The Final Budget Bill Was Sent to Gov. Tim Walz's Desk Late Tuesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown at midnight Wednesday by sending the final budget bill to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk. The Senate unanimously approved the $21 billion K-12 education funding agreement, the last must-pass bill before the midnight deadline. Walz has now signed eight budget bills into law and has four others on his desk….

Small Crowd of Trump Supporters Gather at Minnesota Capitol

The rally comes as tensions are high following Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump rioters.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – State Patrol officers guarded the steps of the Minnesota Capitol on Saturday, as roughly 100 supporters of President Donald Trump gathered to protest the results of the 2020 election. The rally comes as tensions are high following Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump rioters. Several people in Saturday’s crowd held…

Minnesota Legislature Passes Virus Aid for Businesses, Workers

The Bill Now Moves to the Governor's Desk for Final Approval

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Legislature has voted to pass a package of coronavirus relief measures aimed at businesses and workers who took the biggest hit from a four-week “pause” ordered by Gov. Tim Walz last month. The Senate voted 62-4 to approve the bill and send it to the House, which was passed it 117-13 late Monday night and…

Minnesota State Fair Offering Drive-Thru Experience

The event will allow fair-goers to experience 16 vendors while also supporting the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

ST, PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota State Fair will host a State Fair Food Parade in late August and early September. The event will allow fair-goers to experience 16 vendors while also supporting the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Favorites like Pronto Pups and Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar will be available. Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 31st. The parade will…

Gov. Walz Talks Healthcare Reform in Duluth

Roundtable held at Snooty Fox Tea Shop.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Over a month after releasing a new budget proposal, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz shared more about a feature of that proposal, his OneCare health care reform. At a roundtable discussion at Snooty Fox Tea Shop, the governor promised to “cut out the middleman” by not paying insurance companies hoping they lower costs. Instead he plans to provide direct subsidies…

One-On-One: Gov. Walz Talks Legalizing Marijuana, Mining & Infrastructure

FOX 21's Brett Scott Sits Down for a One-On-One Interview with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Nearly two months after being sworn into office, Minnesota’s 41st Governor, Tim Walz, is not holding back when it comes to environmental issues, recreational marijuana and infrastructure. “I’m a congressman from Southern Minnesota, I’m from Mankato, but I saw this as one Minnesota throughout my campaign,” said Governor Tim Walz. Walz is no stranger when it…

Firing of Sessions Sparks Protest in Duluth

Group Protests Outside Courthouse

DULUTH, Minn.- Anti-Trump protesters took to the steps outside the St. Louis County Courthouse. The group was not happy about President Trump’s firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Overall, the protesters were making their voices heard because they say the Trump Administration is not above the law. Thursday night’s cold weather didn’t stop more than a dozen men and…

Bicyclist Dies in Crash With School bus in St. Paul

Police say no Students on the bus Were Hurt

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – St. Paul police say a bicyclist is dead after colliding with a school bus. Police say no students on the bus were hurt. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Snelling and Summit avenues near Macalester College. St. Paul Public Schools spokeswoman Toya Stewart Downey says the bus was carrying about 30 students…

Upcoming Topics at Capitol Days

Capitol days starts on Tuesday, March 13th.

DULUTH, Minn.- Tuesday is Capitol Days as Duluth and St. Louis County will head to St. Paul discussing local issues. Over 500 community members and local officials are bringing a voice for the Northland to St. Paul. The city will be asking for $10 million towards rehabilitation of the sea wall. Officials are also seeking approval for the half percent sales…

Two GOP Senators Endorse Expanding Background Checks for Guns

It follows a renewed focus on gun laws nationwide after last month's school shooting in Florida.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Two Republican senators are getting behind efforts to expand background checks on gun sales at the Minnesota Legislature. It’s the latest reminder that gun issues often don’t follow party lines in Minnesota politics. Sen. Scott Jensen of Chaska is a conservative Republican but he joined several Democrats on Monday by backing a bill that would…

Liebling’s Exit Leaves Just Three DFL Candidates for Governor

Rep. Tina Liebling has dropped out of the race.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Longtime Democratic state Rep. Tina Liebling is ending her campaign for governor. The Rochester lawmaker announced Monday she was dropping from the race. Liebling had struggled to gain traction and fundraising in the wide-open race to replace Gov. Mark Dayton. She says it was clear she could not win the DFL endorsement. Her exit leaves…

The Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail Project Gets Green Light to Seek Funding

Federal Railroad Administration issues a Finding of No Significant Impact on Tier 2 Environmental Assessment.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Federal Administration has found that the Northern Lights Express project will not have significant environmental impacts and can proceed to seek funding for final design and construction. FRA and MnDOT, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, prepared a Tier 2 EA for the NLX Project, which examined the 152-mile project corridor relative to…

Minnesota Lawmakers Push to Finalize Budget Deal

Lawmakers Doubtful Deal will Pass; Look Toward Special Session

ST. PAUL, Minn. – One-hundred twenty days have passed since the Minnesota Legislature first started work on the state’s budget bill. Monday evening the clock is ticking before the state constitution calls for a deal to be reached or the session will end without an agreement in place, resulting in a special session. “It’s compromise and it’s democracy and it’s…