Minnesota Legislature

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Rep. Nick Zerwas is back at the Capitol in St. Paul, a bit older and wiser with one legislative session under his belt. A Republican from Elk River, Zerwas was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. He completed his first legislative session last spring and started his [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A request for $10.5 million to fund a revitalization project at the state’s historic Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River is back before the Minnesota Legislature, which opened the 2014 session on Tuesday. The Minnesota Historical Society is asking the Legislature to support a $10.5 million capital budget request to [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter  Two Columbia Heights Democrats want to make it tougher for violent felons to legally possess firearms. Sen. Barb Goodwin and Rep. Carolyn Laine are carrying legislation requiring violent felons to appeal to the State Board of Pardons, a board consisting of the governor, chief justice of the state supreme [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has softened the edges of the gun debate at the State Capitol. At least that’s what some believe. “I think the Connecticut tragedy really brought a sea change in attitude,” said House Public Safety Finance and Policy Chairman Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul. Rural [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Displayed prominently in Rep. Nick Zerwas’ new office in St. Paul is a shadow box containing mementoes of his dad’s law enforcement career, including his badge and an Elk River Police Department patch. It was a gift to Zerwas when his dad, Tom, retired as Elk River’s police chief in [...]

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Click here to read a story about Elk River’s new legislator, Nick Zerwas. by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The new legislative session (2013–14) began Tuesday, Jan. 8, with lawmakers talking of good will and working together for the benefit of the state. “I think the rancor starts on Monday,” laughed Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka. [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter This legislative session will be a study in bulldozer politics. Within the bounds of the state constitution, Democrats can accomplish virtually anything they want. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton can watch the State Capitol fill for the new session Jan. 8, knowing his party controls the House and Senate. Actually, [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The 2012 legislative session will be remembered as the year of the Vikings stadium. Bolstered by saturation media coverage, the drive to build the $975 million stadium in downtown Minneapolis by the final weeks of the session towered over virtually any other issue before Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the [...]

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