Mark Dayton - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Mark Dayton States scramble to comply with federal ID law OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Several states have struggled for years to comply with the REAL ID Act, a 2005 federal law that requires state driver's licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and to be issued to people who can prove they are legally in the United States. With a January deadline looming, lawmakers across the country have been scrambling ... Thu, 18 May 2017 17:55:00 GMT 2017-05-18T17:55:00Z Iowa looks to team up with Minnesota for medical marijuana ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top state lawmakers are trying to work out a system allowing Iowa residents to start buying medical marijuana oils and pills in Minnesota, a novel arrangement that could raise issues with the federal government. Iowa could join more than two dozen states with medical marijuana programs under a bill awaiting Gov. Terry Branstad's sig... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-05-12T18:47:00Z Minnesota House wants oil pipeline to skirt regulator ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers advanced legislation Thursday that would allow a Canadian energy company to bypass regulatory hurdles and build a $7.5 billion replacement for an existing oil pipeline in Minnesota. It was part of a larger jobs and energy bill that also passed largely along party lines by a vote of 76-55. Debate over the Enbridg... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 01:09:00 GMT 2017-04-07T01:09:00Z Democratic Rep. Tim Walz to run for Minnesota governor MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz said Monday he will run for governor rather than seek re-election next year, creating an open seat in the Democratic congressman's Republican-leaning district. Walz defeated Republican Jim Hagedorn by less than a percentage point in November in southern Minnesota's 1st District, where Republican Donald Trump beat... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-03-27T19:50:00Z APNewsBreak: GOP health plan could cost Minnesota billions ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials are bracing for billions of dollars in additional health care expenses if congressional Republicans enact a plan they're discussing to replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a draft document obtained by The Associated Press. The planning document shows that the GOP proposal, a draft of which was circulated... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 23:15:00 GMT 2017-03-02T23:15:00Z Dayton taps ex-Minnesota court chief for stadium agency ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tapped former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz to be interim chairwoman of the state's embattled oversight agency of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium on Thursday, installing a fresh face to lead a board that's been wracked by ethical questions surrounding the use of luxury suites for friends and family. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-02-23T20:53:00Z Amid suite heat, top Vikings stadium leaders resign MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The two top leaders of the authority overseeing the Minnesota Vikings' stadium resigned abruptly Thursday after weeks of criticism over the questionable use of luxury suites by officials' family and friends, a practice that auditors labeled an ethical violation. Authority Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen announced her resignation first in... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:52:00 GMT 2017-02-16T22:52:00Z Diversity, crisis training for officers on tap in Minnesota ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers began moving Wednesday to require diversity training for law enforcement officers following two high-profile fatal shootings of black men by police in the state in the last 15 months. Shootings of black men by police have touched off protests nationwide in recent years and prompted the Black Lives Matter movement... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:03:00 GMT 2017-02-15T23:03:00Z Minnesota's health exchange reports record number of signups ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A record number of residents signed up for private insurance this year through Minnesota's health exchange, officials said Thursday, attributing the spike in part to uncertainty over the federal health care law and a novel state program that offsets skyrocketing premiums. MNsure, the health exchange Minnesota created through the fed... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:54:00 GMT 2017-02-09T19:54:00Z Notable reaction to the death of Mary Tyler Moore Reaction to the death of Mary Tyler Moore at age 80: "There are no words. She was THE BEST! We always said that we changed each other's lives for the better." — Dick Van Dyke, TV husband on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," via Twitter "She'll last forever, as long as there's television. Year after year, we'll see her face in... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:06:00 GMT 2017-01-26T01:06:00Z Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he has prostate cancer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that he has prostate cancer, revealing the diagnosis hours after collapsing while delivering his State of the State address the night before. The 69-year-old Democratic governor said he plans to finish the final two years of his term, during which he faces a unified GOP front after Republ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:37:00 GMT 2017-01-25T03:37:00Z Minnesota Gov. Dayton, 69, collapses during speech ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed while delivering his State of the State speech on Monday, striking his head on a lectern. The 69-year-old Democrat appeared to be conscious as he was helped into a back room several minutes later, and a top staffer said he walked out of the Capitol under his own power. Dayton's chief of staff Jaime Tincher... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:47:00 GMT 2017-01-24T03:47:00Z In Minnesota, rainy-day fund may help cover insurance hikes ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota would use state money to offset the health premium hikes for more than 100,000 residents under a measure legislators were considering Thursday, a novel approach as states across the country grapple with the rising costs and uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act. As the only Midwestern state to create its own insuranc... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:45:00 GMT 2017-01-20T00:45:00Z Appeals court: Minnesota sex offender program constitutional MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's program for keeping sex offenders confined after they complete their prison sentences is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, reversing a lower-court judge who said it violates offenders' rights because hardly anyone is ever released. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with t... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:03:00 GMT 2017-01-04T00:03:00Z 5 states struggle with surging numbers of foster children NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. children in foster care is climbing after a sustained decline, but just five states account for nearly two-thirds of the recent increase. Reasons range from creation of a new child-abuse hotline to widespread outrage over the deaths of children who'd been repeatedly abused. Addictions among parents are another major factor. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:57:00 GMT 2016-11-23T17:57:00Z