Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

The 2009 Legislature tightened eligibility for some senior citizen in-home services, leaving about 3,300 seniors no longer eligible for the program starting Jan. 1. (12/31/2013)
Republicans seeking to replace DFL Gov. Mark Dayton all say Dayton is taking the state in the wrong direction. But there's no consensus among the potential candidates about how the GOP should unite behind one. (12/31/2013)
Mark Dayton has already made big changes as governor, most notably turning his predecessor's staunch opposition to tax increases on end. He intends to seek a second term next year and some analysts say the battles he's fought and won in his first three years have him well-positioned to win in 2014. (12/29/2013)
Fred Jenness received his Purple Heart on Monday, 44 years after he earned the medal fighting in Vietnam. (12/24/2013)
It isn't clear yet whether the sentence will include the time Cassim has already been held. His family hoped that lawyers in the United Arab Emirates would get his sentence reduced and get him out of the country quickly. (12/23/2013)
Consider Medicare and Social Security: Both were controversial initially. (12/16/2013)
A new state program will provide interest-free loan money for small businesses, Dayton administration officials said today. (12/12/2013)
The new location will be at 2200 East Franklin Ave. in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, "in the middle of everyday Minnesotans." (12/09/2013)
David Gerson takes issue with Kline's votes to raise the nation's debt ceiling. He also disagrees with Kline's support of national security related surveillance bills. (12/09/2013)
Republican state Sen. Torrey Westrom launched a campaign Thursday for the U.S. House against longtime DFL Rep. Collin Peterson in the 7th District. (12/05/2013)
Ellison said he thinks the pope's decision to put the issue of poverty front and center could have significant implications in the effort to improve conditions for the poor. (11/29/2013)
About 150 people took part in the peaceful demonstration, organized by the Service Employees International Union, where non-unionized minimum-wage workers gathered at the airport to demand higher pay. They say they can't live on the less than $8 per hour they're currently paid. (11/27/2013)
When Minnesotans last fall rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have required voters to present photo identification at the polls, it represented a huge victory for liberal groups that had fought to oppose it. On the front lines of that effort was TakeAction Minnesota. (11/25/2013)
AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to stop billing their customers for text message charges they didn't know they were racking up. (11/22/2013)
Despite the governor's support, whether a state-run casino at the airport would fly is unclear. Casino plans have always been controversial and it's not clear how much money airport gambling would generate. (11/20/2013)