Whether Republicans or Democrats will hold majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate come January is a question voters across the state are answering today.
The leadup to yesterday's election in Minnesota was atypical in its over-the-top rhetoric and record campaign spending. Yet with few exceptions, the polls ran smoothly.
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In an environment that increasingly rewards mergers, some hospitals and doctors are taking steps to maintain their independence.
Communities that want or need to find a larger hospital partner can improve their bargaining efforts, say some who have been through it.
Outstate Minnesota hospitals are experiencing a new round of consolidations that can add services to communities and let patients stay closer to home but that inevitably lead to the loss of local control.
In the Minnesota countryside, sheer isolation can make domestic violence both dangerous for victims and complicated for police. The nearest neighbors may be miles away. Cell phone reception is often poor. Transportation options, beyond driving, can be limited or nonexistent.
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Making do is a recurrent theme for the team of 16 officers, deputies, sheriffs and chiefs from a range of western Minnesota law enforcement agencies making up the West Central S.W.A.T.
One Minnesota business is experiencing a boom because more farms stand empty and farmers feel the need to provide their own security.
Since 2007, 20 Minnesota cities have disbanded their police departments to save money and others have trimmed officers. The state's local government budget crunch has hit the realm of public safety.
District Judge Jerry Seibel rides a circuit to preside over cases throughout western Minnesota. Increasingly, that means turning on the TV and manning a remote control.
Many law enforcement officials think airborne drones can make life safer, but the technology scares some.
A situation tailor made to overwhelm the emergency services of a small town turned into a model of local, state and even federal cooperation. Sometimes Homeland Security money does more than fight terrorism.
High copper prices are driving the trend, but scrap is also conveniently hard to trace, unlike, say, a television set or car.
Sometimes people need more than just a ride to work. A four-year-old program in northern Minnesota aims to provide transportation but also set low-income people on a better path.