Tea party plans to abandon GOP stars Four years ago, the tea party movement swept a crop of no-compromise lawmakers into Congress and governor's offices. Now, conservative activists are finding themselves at a crossroads.
Ortman anounces bid for US Senate State Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, kicked off her campaign for the U.S. Senate on Saturday. Ortman made the announcement in Waconia, the heart of her Senate district.
Democratic governors nervous about health plan Democratic governors say they are nervous about getting the new federal health care law implemented but add they will be better positioned in next year's elections than many of their Republican counterparts who have resisted the far-reaching and politically polarizing measure.
Old tobacco playbook gets new use by e-cigarettes Companies vying for a stake in the fast-growing electronic cigarette business are reviving the decades-old marketing tactics the tobacco industry used to hook generations of Americans on regular smokes.
QBP, a Minnesota bike entrepreneur's dream Minnesota boutique bike makers have been building for years on a small scale and charging a hefty price. One local parts maker and distributor, though, has plans to get bigger, make money and ship globally while still keeping his bike building operation home-grown.
The ABCs of MOOCs: what it's like to enroll Are enthusiasts of Massive Open Online Courses right that they can truly transform higher education? After months of writing regularly about MOOCs, I decided to become one of the millions who've signed up for these free online courses and -- far more exclusively -- one of the approximately 10 percent who finish.
Change comes to Dinkytown The Minneapolis City Council last week approved the construction of a 6-story, 140-unit apartment complex near the University of Minnesota.
Dorset's 4-year-old mayor re-elected Robert "Bobby" Tufts hasn't made it to preschool yet, but he's already been elected twice as mayor of a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.
Sikh temple attack united victim's son, ex-racist Six weeks after a white supremacist gunned down Pardeep Kaleka's father and five others at a Sikh temple last year, Kaleka was skeptical when a former skinhead reached out and invited him to dinner.
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