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What Is The Most Popular Hotdish In Minnesota? Representative Betty McCollum Wins The 5th Annual Minnesota Congressional Hotdish Competition

While I'm not a fan of hotdishes myself - many people in the Northland are;  That's why they've become almost as synonymous as snow in our area.  Perhaps that's why Minnesota State legislators decided a few years ago to have a hotdish competition.  It seems like their challenge is a way to make them seem more like their constituents and less like the country club folks they usually rub elbows with.

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Source:  senate.leg.state.mn.us Resource Page
Source: senate.leg.state.mn.us Resource Page
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DFL And GOP Colleagues Suggest Conflict Of Interest In DFL State Senator David Tomassoni’s Dual Lobbyist-Legislator Role [Update]

An update to a story we shared yesterday:  It appears that both DFL and GOP colleagues of Minnesota State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL) are suggesting that his new lobbying position might be a conflict of interest with his role as a legislator.

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Source:  senate.leg.state.mn.us Resource Page
Source: senate.leg.state.mn.us Resource Page
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DFL State Senator Dave Tomassoni Takes A Lobbying Position While Still In Office; Unprecedented Dual Role Comes Under Fire

Minnesota State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL) has made the unusual and unprecedented move of assuming the Executive Director position at the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS) - a lobbying group - while still a sitting lawmaker.

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Can I Put Political Signs On The Highway Right Of Way? Learn What The Minnesota Department Of Transportation Has To Say About Political Signs

It seems like it's almost always the election season.  One of the ways that it's evidenced is the population of political signs that appear almost everywhere.  One of the most-visible places for these signs is along roadways.  Major highways bring lots of traffic and with it - potential voters.  But is it legal to post political signs along the highway right of way?

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(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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How Would The Government Shutdown Affect You?

One week away, the Democrats and Republicans need to figure out the budget or we will have another government shut down.The Government shut down gets expensive. According to the Congressional Research Service, the two shut downs of the government cost us $1.4 billion. What does it mean to you...

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The Northland Mourns The Passing Of Commissioner Steve O’Neil, Champion Of People

My Grandma June used to talk about a man she worked with at Damiano Center, she talked about how much he did to help people. She could work his name into anything. You'd talk about how your car broke down, she would say, "Steve O'Neil helped me fix my car today."

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Pink Floyd Songs Warn Online Visitors of Government Snooping

The next time you're ticking away the moments that make up a dull day, frittering and wasting the hours in an offhand way on the Internet, you can take some of the guesswork out of which websites are reporting your activity to the government.

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies at 87 Following a Stroke

CNN is reporting this morning that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died this morning (Monday, April 8) following a stroke.

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Chuck Hagel Confirmed as Secretary of Defense

Chuck Hagel, whose confirmation hearing in the Senate was highly contentious, was finally confirmed today as the next secretary of defense by a vote of 58-41.

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VOTE! The Best Reminder Commercial For The Nation

Vote, Vote often, that's what my friend Scott says. There are a few issues up for a vote and, um, I think President too. Anyway, watch this and see if it doesn't remind you to vote.

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Does America Need a Third Major Political Party? — Survey of the Day

Not since the days of Ross Perot has a third party candidate received enough support to be included in the presidential debates. But does America suffer from its lack of a third major political party?

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Politics and Money: Should Money Be Allowed to Influence Elections as Much as it Does? [POLL]

For those that don't know, I make my home in Wisconsin, and voted on my into the studio this morning. Even though I went early, I was told there turnout was huge, far better than expected.  I came across something I find disturbing though

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