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Dayton signs new laws for child protection reforms

The governor also approved $52 million to hire more workers and boost services for abused kids.

Deadlocked over long list of problems, Congress picks short-term fixes

Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers.

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Plum Blossoms in Nanjing

March in Nanjing, when the tree branches are covered with white. Not snow. Plum blossoms.

Twins Insider
Postgame: Thoughts on Hughes, Hicks and Unfiltered Torii

The Twins lost 3-2 to the White Sox on Friday behind key hits by Chicago's J.B. Shuck and strong pitching by Jeff Samardzija

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Dayton OKs 4 budget bills including higher ed, health and human services

Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday approved four budget bills, including higher education, health and human services.

Neal St. Anthony
Venture Bank's big bet on small-business lending pays off

Three years ago, Shirley Wikner was at wits’ end with her bank. Her family-owned Aviation Charter and Executive Aviation aircraft services, at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, had cut …

Don Lindich
Sound Advice: Tight budget now doesn't preclude planning for an upgrade later

Q: A friend bought the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB record player, but has only enough money to invest about $100 on speakers and another $100 on a receiver. Can you recommend …

Kerri Westenberg
Travel Desk: Readers recommend Charleston, S.C., other weekend getaways

Last week, I asked for help generating ideas for a women-only weekend away. Thank you to the many who responded. The greatest thing about your suggestions? They’d work well …

Your Voices: Why I don't say 'wife' when talking about my partner

After 20 years together, my partner and I legally married in October of 2013 but I will never call her my wife. This is why.

Michael Brodkorb
Michael Brodkorb: Bakk shares blame for likely special session

Senator Tom Bakk shares in the blame if Governor Mark Dayton orders a special legislative session.

The Home Inspector
Home Inspector: Are Diamond Pier footings approved in your city?

Last week I posted an update on Diamond Pier footings, and since then I've had a number of people ask me whether or not Diamond Pier footings are approved …