Laura McCallum Feature Archive

President Bush traveled to Minnesota Friday to raise money for the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy. Bush spoke about the need to be tough on terrorism, and also urged Republicans to elect Kennedy to the Senate. (12/09/2005)
President Bush's fundraising visit in support of Senate candidate Mark Kennedy, comes when the president's approval rating in Minnesota has plunged. If that trend continues, it could hurt the chances in 2006. (12/09/2005)
A four-year string of budget deficits has ended in Minnesota. State finance officials Wednesday projected a $701 million surplus for the current two-year budget cycle. The debate over how to spend the extra money has already started. (11/30/2005)
If a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage makes it on the ballot next year, it could give a big boost to Republican candidates for governor and U.S. Senate. (11/21/2005)
The 2006 race for Minnesota governor became more visible Friday, when four candidates shared a stage for the first time. Democrats Kelly Doran, Steve Kelley and Becky Lourey, and Independence Party member Peter Hutchinson spoke at a business forum on early childhood education. The four criticized Gov. Pawlenty's leadership in this area. (11/18/2005)
A budget-cutting package in the U.S. House would reduce funding for programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and student loans. Opponents of the bill are targeting four Minnesota Republicans, including 6th District Rep. Mark Kennedy, who's running for U.S. Senate. (11/16/2005)
More than 200 people leave for China Nov. 11 as part of Gov. Pawlenty's trade mission. Representatives of some of the state's premiere industries are going -- medical devices, agriculture, high technology, and a bakery. A bakery? That's right, a Minneapolis bakery. (11/10/2005)
What you should know about the fixed-rate plans offered by Xcel Energy and CenterPoint. (11/08/2005)
If you're an Xcel Energy customer, you may have gotten a letter recently telling you about a new plan to lock in your natural gas rates, as a hedge against big price increases. Experts say you'll probably pay more for the peace of mind. (11/08/2005)
Former President Bill Clinton said the U.S. needs to prepare for a time when America is no longer the only superpower. Clinton spoke at the University of Minnesota, as part of the 25th anniversary of the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series. (11/06/2005)
State transportation officials say they're prepared for the start of the winter driving season. They said snowplow drivers are well-trained, although officials acknowledge the state is relying more heavily on part-time drivers this year. The union representing MnDOT workers said the increasing use of temporary drivers raises safety concerns. (11/02/2005)
Supporters of a new Gopher football stadium are still hoping the Legislature will approve funding for the plan in a special session this fall. But Gov. Tim Pawlenty is reluctant to call a special session. The delay is raising some doubts about the project's completion. (10/31/2005)
Two days after Attorney General Mike Hatch entered the governor's race, the top Democrat in the Minnesota House has announced he's running for Hatch's job. (10/26/2005)
The DFL race to reclaim the governor's office saw heavy churning Monday as a big-name candidate got in, a long-shot candidate bowed out and a deep-pocketed candidate opened a $500,000 television ad campaign. (10/24/2005)
Attorney General Mike Hatch is officially entering the governor's race. Hatch could be a formidable candidate, having won statewide office twice. But he also ran unsuccessfully for governor twice in the 1990s, and there's no guarantee he will get the DFL endorsement in '06. Several DFLers are already running for governor, and they say Hatch joining the race doesn't discourage them at all. (10/23/2005)