As session ends, lawmakers spar over results of work The Minnesota Capitol is quiet this morning for the first time in more than three months. The state Senate adjourned the legislative session Thursday afternoon after passing a bill to finance a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.7:20 a.m.
Nursing shortage largely a myth for job seekers There's been a steady stream of reports predicting a dearth of nurses in the coming years. One recent forecast projects a national shortage of up to 1 million nurses in 2020.
But students graduating from nursing programs in Minnesota this year are finding it harder than they thought to find a job.7:25 a.m.
University regents to consider lowest tuition increase in years Students at the University of Minnesota could face the smallest tuition increase in more than a decade. Today, the university Board of Regents will review a budget proposal calling for a 3.5 percent tuition increase for Minnesota undergraduates. It also boosts financial aid, raises salaries a little for professors and staff, and funds new programs and faculty.7:45 a.m.
Document: Bands aim to take more walleye on Mille Lacs Get ready for this weekend's walleye opener, when thousands of anglers take to the lakes. Lake Mille Lacs, the state's most popular walleye lake, is in the last year of a five-year plan that outlines how the state and Indian bands will manage the fish harvest.8:25 a.m.
Unusual dynamics the capitol at play with Vikings stadium bill The proposal for a new Vikings stadium is now headed to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign the bill. The $975 million stadium bill was on-again, off-again for much of the legislative session. It passed both the House and Senate this week in a flurry of activity -- which included late nights and closed door negotiations.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with John Tuma, a former Republican lawmaker from the Northfield area, and Jeremy Kalin, a recently retired DFL lawmaker from Lindstrom, to look back at the politics of how the deal came together.8:40 a.m.
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