Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging family outdoor activities Saturday by offering free admission to state parks and recreation areas. (06/08/2013)
A second group of Minnesota child care providers has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the new law that allows for a union representation election among eligible providers. (06/05/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is defending Minnesota's recent income tax increase on top earners as lawmakers in neighboring Wisconsin consider a plan to cut income taxes. (06/05/2013)
Minnesota's top election official is stepping down at the end of his current term. (06/04/2013)
Independence Party delegates were gathering Saturday in St. Cloud for a state convention that will include decisions about the party's constitution, platform and leaders. (06/01/2013)
The Independence Party of Minnesota could soon be amending its platform to include support for legalized marijuana. (05/31/2013)
Minnesota business executive Mike McFadden announced today that he'll be a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He is the first GOP candidate to announce he will try to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen. Al Franken. (05/30/2013)
A Minnesota business executive announced today that he'll be a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. (05/29/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton has line-item vetoed two provisions from a bill that distributes sales-tax money by way of state grants for the outdoors, parks and trails and arts and cultural programs. (05/23/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton signed an education budget bill Wednesday that boosts funding for public schools over the next two years, funds all-day kindergarten statewide for the first time and retools high school testing requirements. (05/22/2013)
The last votes included the Senate's passage of a massive tax bill, and House approval of a measure to finance state government operations. Both votes were delayed most of the final day by negotiations on a new, smaller bonding bill that covers repairs on the State Capitol. (05/21/2013)
The House concluded a debate that stretched over a couple of days over the unionization of two groups of government-subsidized workers. (05/20/2013)
Republicans in the Minnesota House have blocked an $800 million package of public construction projects from moving forward this year, including the next phase of renovation work on the State Capitol. (05/17/2013)
Significant differences remain in the tax bill, and DFL leaders appear willing to throw in the towel on a minimum wage increase. (05/16/2013)
A 17-hour debate in the Minnesota Senate over the unionization of child care providers and personal care assistants could be just a taste of things to come in the closing days of the legislative session. (05/15/2013)