“The polarizing divide over the future of mining around Ely will be on display this weekend, when an anti-mining group opens shop on Sheridan Street, the canoeing mecca’s main drag,” writes MPR News reporter Dan Kraker. Workers in the new center, dubbed “Sustainable Ely,” will encourage tourists to take action urging President Barack Obama to Read more

“The first Republican candidate has stepped forward to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken in 2014,” writes MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire. “Mike McFadden, a business executive from Sunfish Lake, announced Wednesday that he filed the paperwork to form a campaign committee. He also outlined a campaign message that will focus on education, jobs and Read more

“8 years is enough,” says Rep. Michele Bachmann. “Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won’t see re-election in 2014,” writes Matt Sepic for MPR News. “The 4-term congresswoman announced her decision in a nearly 9-minute video posted on her website early Wednesday morning. “Bachmann said in the video that the decision wasn’t the result of doubts Read more

AP: President Barack Obama on Thursday defended America’s controversial drone attacks as legal, effective and a necessary linchpin in an evolving U.S. counterterrorism policy. But he acknowledged the targeted strikes are no “cure-all” and said he is haunted by the civilians unintentionally killed. “For the first time, the U.S. government has acknowledged killing four American Read more

Scotty Magnuson literally running last bill to House. #mnleg now Adjourned pic.twitter.com/dL1QYiAPv5 — Brian Bakst (@Stowydad) May 21, 2013 In addition to legalizing same-sex marriage, lawmakers raised taxes by $2 billion and passed a bill that will let some child and home care workers vote to unionize. Session highlights from the last 48 hours:  Legislature Read more

MPR Video/Tom Scheck “Governor Dayton and DFL legislative leaders have announced a deal on an overall tax bill that would increase roughly $2 billion in new taxes,” writes MPR News reporter Tom Scheck. “The plan would create a new fourth tier income tax rate of 9.85 percent on couples with an after-tax income of $250,000 Read more