Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

Thousands of federal employees in Minnesota could be sent home if the federal government shuts down over opposition to a continuing resolution to fund government operations without changes to the Affordable Care Act. For the short-term, a shut down would mean little more than political theater, but a prolonged impasse could hurt the U.S. economy. (09/30/2013)
An attorney and a 25-year Army reservist who was deployed to Iraq about 10 years ago, Dahlberg, served on the Duluth City Council before being elected to the St. Louis County Board, which he chairs. He joins four other Republicans who hope to run against Sen. Al Franken next year. (09/26/2013)
Cigarette sales in Minnesota have dropped since a $1.60 per pack tax increase took effect July 1, while sales of "roll-your-own" tobacco and e-cigarettes have increased. At the same time, ClearWay has seen interest in its smoking cessation programs rise by 240 percent. (09/25/2013)
When U.S. Rep. Tim Walz met with constituents to hear opinions on whether the U.S. should attack Syria, there was a clear consensus: No. (09/06/2013)
Some rank-and-file Democrats say if Obama goes ahead with a military strike, he'll anger many of those who supported him for opposing the Iraq war. The situation also poses potential political problems for members of Congress who support military action against Syria, including DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken. (08/30/2013)
DFL Sen. Al Franken said he does not think the Obama administration needs Congress' approval to launch a strike in Syria. He called the use of chemical weapons a violation of international norms that must have consequences. "This cannot be allowed to stand," he said. (08/27/2013)
State and federal officials are concerned that when some Minnesotans become severely intoxicated they may not receive the care they need to safely sober up -- about a third of detox facilities in Minnesota have closed over the past decade. (08/26/2013)
In the first half of this year, foreclosures in Minnesota were down nearly 50 percent from the same period three years ago. Although the situation is improving, plenty of homeowners are still struggling. Provisions of a new state law that took effect this month allow them to stop foreclosure if the process is not being properly conducted. (08/23/2013)
Despite a high-profile appearance in Iowa Friday night, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she's not interested in running for president. (08/17/2013)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar's scheduled appearance at Democratic fundraiser in Iowa Friday evening is causing speculation she may be interested in a presidential run. (08/16/2013)
The Vice-President of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, Andrew Rothman, has been encouraging his members to wear maroon shirts and pack the room for the discussion before the Advisory Committee on Capitol Security. (08/14/2013)
Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's top prosecutor, says the U.S. needs to change the way it's dealing with non-violent drug offenders. In Minnesota, the reaction among prosecutors has been mixed. (08/13/2013)
The National Republican Congressional Committee says it's spending $24,000 to air a television ad in the Duluth market accusing Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan of voting against veterans. (08/06/2013)
A summary of big moments in Sen. Amy Klobuchar's career since 2006. (08/05/2013)
A month into the tax increase, it's not clear yet how much cash Minnesota is collecting. The stiff tobacco levy, though, is changing behavior. (08/02/2013)