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Four takeaways from Minnesota primary election turnout

Turnout was down statewide compared to 2018, but not everywhere or for both parties. → Read More

Campaign check: Did Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz cancel candidate debates?

Walz's campaign said he has been invited to 19 debates and can't fit them all in, Jensen says the governor is → Read More

Minnesota legislative battles shape up after Tuesday's primary

Further-right candidates won in handful of GOP primaries. → Read More

Fifth District DFL primary shows division over Rep. Ilhan Omar's tenure

The two-term congresswoman won a narrow victory Tuesday over former Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels. Precinct mapping shows where Omar did well in the 2020 DFL primary vs. Tuesday's closer race → Read More

Jim Schultz wins GOP attorney general primary over Doug Wardlow

Schultz will now compete against DFL Attorney General Keith Ellison in November. → Read More

Longtime U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum beats challenger Amane Badhasso in Fourth District DFL primary

McCollum has decades of congressional experience; Badhasso had said it's time for new leadership. → Read More

Early voting for Minnesota primary election plummets from pandemic spike

The record early voter numbers seen at start of the pandemic two years ago have not continued in 2022. → Read More

Gov. Tim Walz, Rep. Angie Craig highlight public safety efforts as GOP leaders condemn rising crime

The Democratic leaders emphasized public safety spending Friday, but said more is needed. → Read More

Tell us what you think about the Jan. 6 hearings

Follow the StarTribune for the news, photos and videos from the Twin Cities and beyond. → Read More

Walz continues to outraise Jensen in Minnesota governor's race

The latest campaign finance reports ahead of the Aug. 9 primary show Democratic incumbents for constitutional offices largely outraised Republican hopefuls. → Read More

Minnesota's renter protections end as evictions have spiked

Eviction filings in Minnesota have surpassed pre-pandemic levels. → Read More

Minnesota leaders' response to Texas school shooting shows political divide over guns

It's unlikely that grief will translate into policy changes. → Read More

What did — and didn't — get done at the Minnesota Capitol this legislative session

Legislators left plenty of work on the table as they negotiate a possible special session. → Read More

Minnesota Legislature down to final hours to finish its work

Gov. Tim Walz has previously said he would not call a special session if work remained undone. → Read More

Minnesota GOP backs Scott Jensen in race to unseat Gov. Tim Walz

Jensen narrowly beat Kendall Qualls after a heated endorsement fight in Rochester for the GOP endorsement. → Read More

Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion prompts outrage, hesitation among Minnesotans

While procedure is constitutionally protected in Minnesota, the draft signaled that opponents may soon win a long-sought victory. → Read More

Minnesota legislators clash over climate change, environmental spending

From reducing road salt to expensive infrastructure, it's unclear what a divided Legislature can accomplish. → Read More

Minnesota leaders strike deal on unemployment insurance, frontline worker pay

Businesses face a Saturday deadline to pay increased taxes to help fill a state fund for unemployed workers. → Read More

Activists likely to see small changes to marijuana law this session

Advocates hope to see medical marijuana, criminal penalty adjustments — but no legalization. → Read More

Minnesota families to save on health insurance as Biden administration closes 'family glitch'

Minnesotan Allie Krueger, whose family has had to spend a quarter of their income on health insurance, attended the White House event Tuesday. → Read More