Bachmann Iowa chair defects to Ron Paul Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign enters the home-stretch of the Iowa Caucuses with some bad news. Her state campaign chairman, Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson, has defected to one of her competitors, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Mark Zdechlik, who's in Des Moines.7:20 a.m.
Forced to choose, communities raise taxes, cut jobs Property taxes are going up, and many local government jobs are going away. As 2011 comes to an end, those two main themes emerge from our Forced to Choose series examining the decisions Minnesota's 3,200 cities, counties, townships and school districts have been making. Above, a neglected public hockey rink in Duluth.8:45 a.m.
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N.H. Voters Look For Calm Amid Economic Jitters
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Year In Review: Mega Tech Brands Raise Megabucks
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2012 Could See New Regulations For Table Saws
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Criminal Charges May Be Filed In BP Oil Spill
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2011 Put Chrysler Back In The Fast Lane
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