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Pride weddings; same-sex marriage leverage; Minnesota's new laws

Monday, July 1, 2013

  • After historic ruling, wedding fever takes hold at Twin Cities Pride
    One month from today, the first same-sex wedding ceremonies will take place in Minnesota, and anticipation of that day was evident at Twin Cities Pride over the weekend.
  • PAC to back 15 Minn. legislators who supported same-sex marriage
    Some of the state legislators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota this year will receive some extra help in their re-election campaigns -- whether they want it or not.
  • Income, cigarette taxes among new laws effective today
    July 1 marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the state of Minnesota, and that means the budget decisions state lawmakers made during the 2013 session take effect.
  • Businesses pitch in to slow White Bear Lake's plunging waterline
    Water levels in White Bear Lake have been dropping over the past decade. Now, businesses in the community are starting an effort to keep levels from declining more.
  • Minnesota Scenes: Your photos from June
    Racing at Canterbury Park, Gorillas at the zoo, Duluth in the fog and a lot of high water around the Twin Cities in the aftermath of sever weather. All that and more of our favorite photos submitted by audience members in June.
  • Marjorie Anderson, first woman to lead Mille Lacs band, dies at 81
    The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe said former Chief Executive Marjorie Anderson died on Saturday. Anderson was the first woman leader of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in east central Minnesota, serving from 1991 to 2000. She was elected to another four-year term as chief executive in 2008.
  • Marijuana's mainstream march: The numbers, the debate
    Public opinion has moved so dramatically toward general acceptance of marijuana that even those who champion legalization are surprised at how quickly attitudes are changing and states are moving to approve the drug -- for medical use and just for fun.
  • 19 elite Arizona wildfire fighters killed
    All but one member of the Prescott-based Hotshot crew died in what was the deadliest wildfire for firefighters in the U.S. in decades.
  • Video: Mankato's Gage Towers implosion
    Two signature buildings on the campus of Minnesota State University in Mankato came down over the weekend. The school's interim alumni relations director, Jennifer Myers, says the buildings were demolished because they can't be updated.
  • Video confirms 1913 Lake Superior shipwreck
    Video taken more than 500 feet down in Lake Superior confirms a shipwreck is the long-lost freighter Henry B. Smith.
  • Honour cites business experience as a plus in race for governor
    Republicans are lining up to take on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in the 2014 elections. But the first high-profile candidate to formally declare was businessman Scott Honour of Wayzata. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him on why he thinks he should be the next governor of Minnesota.
  • Milwaukee priest sex abuse records to be released
    A deal reached in federal bankruptcy court between the archdiocese and victims suing it for fraud called for the documents to be made public by July 1.
  • Duluth man gets WWII-era postcard in mail
    A 32-year-old Duluth man has a mystery on his hands. Tyler Scouton received a postcard last week that appears to be from the World War II era. The card is postmarked April 23, 1945, but it has a modern-day postage stamp on it.
  • Judge tosses 3 lawsuits against ex-Elmo actor
    Federal Judge Kevin Koeltl threw out the lawsuits Monday. He said the claims came more than six years after each man reasonably should have become aware of Clash's alleged violations and more than three years after each turned 18.
  • Sauerkraut King named in Henderson
    Contestants included Rick "The Mexacutioner" Rodriguez, who had never eaten sauerkraut before, and an Elvis impersonator. Another began dry heaving and begging for water, then backed out.
  • Delta fine prompts reminder: Passengers should know rights on being bumped
    Travel experts say a big fine levied on Delta Air Lines shows that consumers should be familiar with airline bumping rules to protect themselves. Federal regulators recently fined Delta $750,000 for involuntarily bumping passengers from overbooked flights.
  • DNR to crack down on drunken boating
    The Department of Natural Resources plans to step up its patrol of Minnesota's lakes and rivers this weekend heading into the Fourth of July. The patrols are part of a national crackdown that has law officers on the lookout for boaters under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Minn. man charged in machete attack on dog
    Cottage Grove police say a man attacked his little dog with a machete, leaving it with such severe injuries that it had to be euthanized.

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