Monticello municipal broadband slugs it out Residents of Monticello started seven years ago to push for faster Internet service, and the bruising public-private battle that ensued is still going on. Residents have fast cheap service but the city's fledgling operation is struggling and under continued pressure from private competitors. Meanwhile, some lawmakers want to ban other cities from doing the same.March 26, 2012
Bonding will be the focus at the Minnesota Capitol this week Bonding bills will be in the spotlight this week at the state Capitol. But the Republican proposals for construction projects are nowhere near the size that DFL Governor Mark Dayton proposed, and that could make for a bumpy road during the final month of the legislative session.
Lawmakers are also still trying to work out their differences on teacher seniority, and they might have to do the same on voter ID.
Tim Pugmire talks about what we can expect this week with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer.March 26, 2012
Judge blocks graphic images on cigarette packages A judge blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing U.S. tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages later this year to show the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit lighting up.February 29, 2012
Anti-tax group says lawmakers broke pledge A leading anti-tax group in Minnesota is criticizing some of the most conservative members of the Legislature for breaking a pledge not to raise taxes.February 3, 2012