Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — A pair of Republican state lawmakers have effectively derailed — at least for now — plans for so-called "high-speed" passenger train service between the Twin Cities and Chicago. All they needed to do was object. "It's in effect like a one-person veto," said Sen. Scott Newman, one of the two lawmakers who put the brakes on a vision that has been in the works since the 1990s and has, over the years, received bipartisan support.
ST. MARY'S POINT, Minn.—State Sen. Karin Housley, a Republican from Washington County, announced Tuesday that she'll run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Al Franken. Housley, a Realtor who lives in St. Mary's Point, is the first Republican to formally announce a bid for the seat.
ST. PAUL — Two Minnesota lawmakers — a Republican woman and a Democratic man — have a plan to revamp the way the state House deals with sexual harassment allegations. The plan, announced Monday, Dec. 11, would speed up the process for allegations to be addressed and allow anyone — not just fellow lawmakers — to make a complaint.
ST. PAUL — Dan Schoen is ready to turn in his Washington County lawmaker credentials, but not his gun and badge. Faced with allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, Schoen, a Democratic state senator from St. Paul Park, has officially notified Gov. Mark Dayton he'll resign Dec. 15. The letter was delivered Monday, Dec. 4, to Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, the top Democrat in the Senate. But Schoen, who is on the Cottage Grove police force, said he wants to remain a cop.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken has spoken. Amid the fallout from allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, the Minneapolis Democrat on Monday, Nov. 27, gave brief one-on-one interviews to numerous Minnesota media outlets and faced the Washington, D.C., press corps live outside his office on Capitol Hill, where he returned to work after Thanksgiving recess. In the face of repeated questions, he generally offered the same substance to his answers: • He's sorry. • Women's experiences should respected.
ST. PAUL — Depending whom you ask, Minnesota's new computer system to handle vehicle licenses and titles is either mostly working with glitches, or barely working with major failings. Those who say mostly working — generally the folks in the state Department of Vehicle Services and IT Services — note that of the 650,000 transactions the new system, known as MNLARS, has processed since its launch in July, the ones that have fully failed number in the mere thousands — a percent or 2.
Under fire for allegations of sexual harassment, state Sen. Dan Schoen will resign Wednesday, his attorney said. Since allegations surfaced against Schoen two weeks ago, the St. Paul Park Democrat and Cottage Grove police officer has been under intense pressure to resign.
Downhill ski season is here — just barely. Afton Alps in Washington County announced its opening at 3 p.m. Thursday, one of a handful of alpine ski destinations beginning to open throughout the state. The ski hill celebrated the announcement by posting a video of an Elf on the Shelf straddling a snowmaking gun — the technology that's allowing ski resorts to open without any measurable snow cover on the ground.