Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

Xcel Energy officials say the cost of natural gas is about 15 percent higher this heating season than the previous one. (03/03/2014)
The president announced his plan at the Union Depot rail and bus station after touring a light rail maintenance facility. Funding for surface transportation programs expires later this year, and the White House says 700,000 jobs could be at risk unless Congress renews them. (02/26/2014)
Transportation tops the agenda today as President Obama visits Minnesota. But with the president's popularity here at an all time low, his presence may hurt Democrats at the polls in November. (02/26/2014)
With almost $1.7 million in campaign cash at the end of last year McFadden has far outraised his Republican opponents. He's defended his concentration on fundraising and reiterated that he's running against Franken, not Republicans. (02/20/2014)
Restaurateurs invited state lawmakers to 20 restaurants around Minnesota to tell them how increasing the minimum wage would hurt them and drive up prices for customers. (02/18/2014)
Rep. Rick Nolan didn't vote for the Affordable Care Act, but you might not know that listening to ads attacking the Minnesota Democrat this political season. (02/12/2014)
One owner of an ice dam removal company says this winter is shaping up to be an epic ice dam season. (02/09/2014)
With no presidential race on the November ballot, and Democrats planning to return Al Franken to the U.S. Senate and Mark Dayton to the governor's office, there won't be much mystery -- at least for the DFL. Turnout across the state is expected to be light. (02/03/2014)
The leaders of the state's three Minnesota's major political parties joined together Tuesday to encourage people to attend next week's precinct caucuses. (01/28/2014)
Jesse Ventura's win in 1998 was the last for a third party in a Minnesota statewide election. And while no one from the Independence Party has emerged for this year's gubernatorial and senate races, the party says voters still want another choice. (01/28/2014)
Every seat in the Minnesota House is on the ballot in 2014, along with the governor's office and the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Al Franken. (01/01/2014)
An explosion ripped through a three-story building in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis New Year's Day morning, igniting a three-alarm fire and sending more than a dozen people to area hospitals. (01/01/2014)
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)