Minnesota

MN-02: Tyler Kistner (R)
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MN-02: Tyler Kistner (R)
2020-11-03 08:17:20
by TWN Staff

About Kistner:  Tyler Kistner was born and raised in Minnesota. He recently got off active duty after nine years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Kistner served in the Marine Special Operations Forces, the Marine Raiders.  Kistner graduated from... Read More

MN-02: Angie Craig (D)
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MN-02: Angie Craig (D)
2020-11-03 07:58:58
by TWN Staff

About Craig:  Angie Craig represents Minnesota’s Second Congressional District.  Craig worked two jobs to help put herself through college.   Years later, she moved to Minnesota and fell in love with the strong communities and quality of life. She and her... Read More

MN-1: Dan Feehan (D)
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MN-1: Dan Feehan (D)
2020-11-03 07:54:26
by TWN Staff

About Feehan:  Growing up in Red Wing, Minn., Dan Feehan was inspired by the public service of his parents and the election of the late Paul Wellstone. After September 11, 2001, Feehan signed up for Army ROTC in college.  From... Read More

MN-01: Jim Hagedorn (R)
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MN-01: Jim Hagedorn (R)
2020-11-03 07:49:37
by TWN Staff

About Hagedon:  Rep. Jim Hagedorn was born in Blue Earth, Minn., in 1962, to Tom and Kathleen. He grew up on a 160-acre grain and livestock farm outside of Truman. Beginning at age 18, Hagedorn worked full-time jobs as a... Read More

MN-07: Michelle Fischbach (R)
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MN-07: Michelle Fischbach (R)
2020-10-30 23:50:50
by TWN Staff

About Fischbach : Michelle Fischbach recently served as the 49th lieutenant governor of Minnesota, ascending to that position following the resignation of her predecessor. She was the first woman in Minnesota history to serve as president of the Minnesota Senate... Read More

MN-07: Collin Peterson (D)
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MN-07: Collin Peterson (D)
2020-10-30 23:48:52
by TWN Staff

About Peterson: Peterson was born in Fargo, N.D. He grew up on a farm in Baker, Minn., and he currently lives in Detroit Lakes, Minn. He has three sons, Sean, Jason and Elliott and six grandchildren.  He was first elected... Read More

Supreme Court Won't Delay Vote in Minnesota Congressional Contest
2020 Elections
Supreme Court Won't Delay Vote in Minnesota Congressional Contest
2020-10-30 17:44:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected a Republican candidate's attempt to delay the vote in a high-profile congressional race in Minnesota following the unexpected death of a third-party candidate. The date of the vote in Minnesota's Second Congressional District... Read More

MN Senate: Tina Smith (D)
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MN Senate: Tina Smith (D)
2020-10-29 22:58:20
by TWN Staff

About Smith: Tina Smith is the incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator for Minnesota. Smith was born on March 4, 1958, in Albuquerque, N.M., and grew up in Santa Fe. In 1980, she graduated from Stanford University and in 1984, earned an... Read More

MN Senate: Jason Lewis (R)
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MN Senate: Jason Lewis (R)
2020-10-29 22:56:26
by TWN Staff

About Lewis: Jason Lewis represented Minnesota's 2nd congressional district in the 115th Congress, but he is perhaps best known to most state residents as the host of a popular conservative radio show. Lewis voted for the Republican tax cuts of... Read More

Federal Judge Upholds Minnesota’s Extended Ballot Counting
State News
Federal Judge Upholds Minnesota’s Extended Ballot Counting

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 can be counted even if they’re received up to a week after Election Day, under a federal judge’s order turning back a Republican challenge to the extended balloting deadline. The ruling... Read More

Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest
2020 Elections
Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest
2020-10-10 14:34:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the vast majority of them love to participate in electoral politics. Since 2000, no fewer than 70% of registered voters have... Read More

This Rural Minnesota Town Swelled With Immigrants. But Will Census Count Them?
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This Rural Minnesota Town Swelled With Immigrants. But Will Census Count Them?

MILAN, Minn. — The October chill hit Gabriel Elias like a truck when he reached the airport parking lot in Minneapolis. He recalls surveying the cold, unfamiliar landscape. The trees looked near death. As his uncle drove nearly three hours... Read More

District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020 Elections
District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020-08-04 20:16:09
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A consent decree approved by the Ramsey County District Court has struck down two key requirements pertaining to vote-by-mail restrictions in Minnesota. The civil suit, filed by a group of individual voter-plaintiffs and the Minnesota Alliance for... Read More

Ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Charged in Death of George Floyd
In The States
Ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Charged in Death of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS — Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter. Freeman said this moved with extraordinary speed, that the investigation is continuing into other three officers, Freeman says. He... Read More

National Press Club, SPJ Condemn Arrest of CNN Crew, Live, On Air in Minneapolis
In The News
National Press Club, SPJ Condemn Arrest of CNN Crew, Live, On Air in Minneapolis
2020-05-29 14:35:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists strongly condemned the early morning arrests on Friday of a CNN correspondent and his production team, as they were covering ongoing protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the death... Read More

Minnesota Pastor Leads Campaign to Try to Shift Evangelical Vote
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Minnesota Pastor Leads Campaign to Try to Shift Evangelical Vote

MINNEAPOLIS — The Rev. Doug Pagitt jumped on stage at his former Minneapolis church with a message that he and his entourage are repeating across the country: Evangelical voters, you can stay true to your Christian faith but not vote... Read More

States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020 Elections
States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020-01-31 21:27:10
by Dan McCue

It has become the mantra for the run-up to the primaries and caucuses: pick the wrong Democratic nominee, and any one of the battleground states can wind up in President Donald Trump's column. This mindset comes heavily into play when... Read More

Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to State GOP’s Trump-Only Primary Ballot
State News
Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to State GOP’s Trump-Only Primary Ballot

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a voter challenge to a law that allowed the state Republican Party to list only President Donald Trump on GOP primary ballots. In a case that threatened to disrupt next week’s... Read More

Democratic Lawmakers in Minn. Seek to Include Trump Rivals on GOP Ballots
2020 Elections
Democratic Lawmakers in Minn. Seek to Include Trump Rivals on GOP Ballots

MINNEAPOLIS — Lawmakers from Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party are studying legislation to open access to presidential primary ballots after the state Republican Party excluded rivals to President Donald Trump from the state’s March 2020 GOP primary. Trump was the only candidate... Read More

Trump Trails Top Democrats in New Minnesota Poll
2020 Elections
Trump Trails Top Democrats in New Minnesota Poll

MINNEAPOLIS — President Donald Trump trails several leading Democratic candidates, as well as U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, at this point in the presidential campaign in Minnesota, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. The two current front-runners for the... Read More

Minnesota Lawmaker Goes From GOP Backbencher to Leading Critic of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
Political News
Minnesota Lawmaker Goes From GOP Backbencher to Leading Critic of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski tells a story about getting soaked in a rainstorm on his way to a TV studio in Minneapolis for an appearance on Fox News. People don’t use umbrellas where he comes from in... Read More

When Nukes in a Cornfield Protected the Twin Cities From the Soviet Union
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When Nukes in a Cornfield Protected the Twin Cities From the Soviet Union

WATERTOWN, Minn. — Half a century later, Tony Vanderlinde remembers the sight “plain as day.” Baling hay on his family’s dairy farm near the border of western Hennepin and northern Carver counties, he came over a hill and saw nuclear... Read More

MN-05: Ilhan Omar (D)
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MN-05: Ilhan Omar (D)
2018-11-07 04:47:59
by MN-05: Ilhan Omar (D)

Born in Somalia, Ilhan and her family fled the country's civil war when she was eight-years-old. They lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for four years before coming to the United States, eventually settling in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of ... Read More

MN-03: Dean Phillips (D)
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MN-03: Dean Phillips (D)
2018-11-06 00:02:05
by MN-03: Dean Phillips (D)

My life began differently than many know. My parents, DeeDee Cohen and Artie Pfefer, met at St. Paul Central High School and were married in 1967. Raised by my grandma Ruth, a single mother who worked at a local department store ... Read More

MN-08: Pete Stauber (R)
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MN-08: Pete Stauber (R)
2018-11-05 21:06:51
by MN-08: Pete Stauber (R)

After receiving a scholarship to play hockey at Lake Superior State University, Pete became the team captain and led the Lakers to a Division I National Championship in 1988. One major highlight of the victory was when Stauber and his teammates ... Read More

MN-01: Jim Hagedorn (R)
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MN-01: Jim Hagedorn (R)
2018-11-05 21:03:23
by MN-01: Jim Hagedorn (R)

Jim Hagedorn was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota, in 1962, to parents Thomas, a grain and livestock farmer, and Kathleen, a homemaker. Jim’s grandparents, Fred and Viola Mittelstadt and Pete and Elaine Hagedorn, were all lifelong Blue Earth residents. Read More

MINNESOTA'S 7TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
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MINNESOTA'S 7TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
2018-11-03 02:18:58
by TWN Staff

Why this race matters: This Republican-leaning district is decidedly pro-Trump, but Collin Peterson has effectively represented his constituents’ interests since 1991. Agriculture is the top issue with voters and as the Ranking member for the House Agriculture Committee... Read More

MN-02: Angie Craig (D)
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MN-02: Angie Craig (D)
2018-09-08 14:09:21
by TWN Staff

Raised by a single mother in a mobile home park, Angie Craig worked two jobs to pay her way through college. She went on to lead a workforce of over 16,000 at a major Minnesota manufacturer. Read More

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