Joe Hoagland, left, pushes a canoe through a wild rice bed as 14-year-old Chris Salazar learns how to harvest the rice.
September 16, 2012 Processed wild rice dominates grocery store shelves, but around the Great Lakes, Native Americans still harvest it the same way their ancestors did centuries ago. This weekend, the Wild Rice Festival in Rosemont, Minn., celebrates the tradition.
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July 20, 2011 Now that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, has signed budget legislation ending the government shutdown in that state, could the outcome there have an impact on the debt-ceiling fight in Washington? A Washington reporter with Minnesota ties thinks it may embolden congressional Republicans.
July 14, 2011 Minnesota Public Radio and other news outlets are reporting that Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, and state Republicans have reached a deal to end the two-week shutdown of the state's government.
July 1, 2011 In a battle between a governmental chief executive and legislature over taxing and spending that is getting awfully familiar in the U.S., the Minnesota state government shut down after Republican lawmakers refused to consider tax hikes on the wealthy proposed by Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton.
July 1, 2011 Lawmakers in Minnesota are stuck on the issue of taxes.
June 15, 2011 Now that she is a brighter rising star in the political firmament after Monday's GOP presidential debate, expect Rep. Michele Bachmann's past to undergo greater scrutiny and become the target of more journalistic profiles, some fairly negative.
May 24, 2011 Mondale, like Pawlenty, saw himself as delivering hard truths to voters in 1984. The former Democratic vice president tried to deny the Republican Reagan a second term by admitting he'd raise taxes to close yawning budget deficits. Reagan annihilated him.
A file image shows the flooded Red River separating Moorhead, Minn., (right) from Fargo, March 2010. National Weather Service forecasters say that the chance for major flooding this year is above 90 percent.
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February 22, 2011 It's sandbag season in North Dakota and Minnesota, where communities are banding together to keep the coming spring thaw from overrunning riverbanks and swamping towns. But one town's plan to pay sand-baggers has sparked anger across the river.
September 21, 2010 A U.S. district judge said he won't block Minnesota's campaign finance law which requires corporations to disclose their political contributions. He said the public has a right to know who's putting money into the political process.
August 5, 2010 A man was freed from prison for vehicular homicide. The judge cited Toyota acceleration problems.
December 8, 2008 Voters in Minnesota drew bats and jellyfish on their ballots, scribbled letters and words, and crossed out names and filled-in bubbles. You take a look at the contested ballots. Can you figure out who they wanted to vote for?
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