A St. Cloud contest offers a window into the tough environment for Democrats.
The governor pushes reforms but child protection advocates say more needs to be done.
The golden statue, placed on the Capitol in 1906, was last removed from the building in 1994.
Johnson is trying to capitalize on news that the state's online insurance exchange lost the insurer with the lowest rates.
In 2010, business groups spent heavily to support Republican Tom Emmer, but they have yet to step up for Jeff Johnson, this year's GOP candidate.
Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail this weekend after being indicted for child abuse. The allegations say Peterson used a tree branch, or switch, to punish his son.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson has been easily re-elected in his Western Minnesota district since he first took the seat in 1990. But this year Republicans in Washington have targeted him for defeat. Peterson says he isn't backing away from the challenge.
State transportation officials project that gas tax revenue, the largest funding stream for road and bridge projects, will decline as people drive less and cars become more fuel efficient.
The chair of the Minnesota Republican Party and two members of the Minnesota House are calling on DFL Sen. Al Franken to apologize for past writings and actions that Republican leaders say are offensive to women. They also want DFL Party Chair Ken Martin to denounce Franken.
Republican gubernatorial nominee Jeff Johnson said he is requesting 13 debates to better inform the voters.
The 67-year-old is running for re-election for the first time in a career that includes one-time stints as state auditor and U.S. senator. And he said his next term, if he's re-elected, will be his last in office.
The poll was in the field just one day after last week's primary election. Both races are expected to be competitive heading into the November election.
Self-proclaimed tea party member Steve Carlson won the primary with slightly more than 2,100 votes, defeating Kevin Terrell, the candidate party leaders had chosen to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Several prominent Independence Party members say they're worried about its future.
Three influential Republicans are trying to push aside the GOP pick for the right to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton this fall.
There are several competitive primary battles in both parties, so we've created a handy checklist of things to watch for.