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Minn. House panel vote is first step in push to end Sunday liquor sales ban

Minnesotans trying to lift the state’s ban on Sunday liquor retailing were upbeat Tuesday after a House committee easily voted to repeal it.

Effort to undo state's Sunday liquor ban has gained steam in recent years, but success not yet assured

DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes school choice

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Jan. 17, 2017. DeVos defended her work steering taxpayer dollars from traditional public schools at her hearing, arguing that it was time to move away from a "one size fits all" system.

In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice.

Dayton signs $500 million deal to protect rural waters

John Sorenson fished the Straight River in August as the mating dance of the hex mayflies drew brook trout to the surface. “It’s a treasure,” Sorenson said of the river near Park Rapids that’s threatened by development and agricultural pollution.

The highly anticipated state-federal deal will provide $350 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $150 million in state funds.

18 million may lose insurance after ACA repeal, CBO finds

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act would cause insurance premiums to rise.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act would cost 18 million people their insurance in the first year and could increase the number of uninsured Americans to 32 million in 10 years, while causing insurance premiums to double over that time.

St. Thomas' new facilities plan gets mixed reviews from neighbors

“It’s almost universal that neighbors want the first shovel to be for student housing,” said neighbor Cathy Plessner. But, she said, it’s a complex issue.

As the state's largest private university takes the first steps in a major expansion, its neighbors in St. Paul hope for relief from traffic and housing woes.


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A rendering shows planned improvements at the intersection of 4th Street and 29th Avenue SE. in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis to overhaul SE. 4th Street near TCF Bank Stadium

St. Paul Port Authority prepares to lease property near soccer stadium site
Minnesotans advised to check log furniture for invasive species
Dayton signs $500 million deal to protect rural waters

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Jarvis Johnson visited his father, Curtis, at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. They have backed each other through life-changing health issues.

Mutual support: Jarvis Johnson, father back each other through life-changing health issues

Steroid era poses dilemma for first-time baseball Hall of Fame voter
Wild surrenders two-goal lead in home loss to New Jersey
United picks midfielder from Indiana in MLS SuperDraft

Scores, schedules, and stats
Richard Davis will end a decade at the helm of U.S. Bancorp in April.

U.S. Bancorp CEO Davis to step down in April; Cecere to step in

Thor Construction headquarters project gets Target backing
Christopher & Banks CEO is out; stock plunges 30 percent
Dayton signs $500 million deal to protect rural waters


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U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis: We've begun to treat our nation's regulatory disease

Hearing independent voices in Trump's cabinet
Macy's closing: More than a downtown department store at stake
Readers Write (Jan. 18): Trump's inauguration, U.S. Bank Stadium and Michele Kelm-Helgen, movie stars and CEOs, Leonard Peltier

Artist Brandon Kuehn, who travels the state of Minnesota visiting sites of paranormal activity and then making art inspired by it, sits for a portrait at his studio.

From Pepie to the Sasquatch, Minnesota's paranormal activity inspires artist

Three black female mathematicians are beating Affleck and Scorsese at the box office
St. Paul's Palace Theatre picks Atmosphere, Jayhawks for inaugural concerts March 10-11
Baby, this one's for you: Teen moms write lullabies with help from Mpls. choral group

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Reusse: Perkins sees 2017 as make-or-break season with Twins
Patrick Reusse

Twins closer Glen Perkins has been in ­Florida since Jan. 2 rehabbing from a torn labrum in his left shoulder. This is the last guaranteed season of the contract extension he signed in 2014.

Scoggins: Boudreau in tune with Wild players' highs, lows
Chip Scoggins

Bruce Boudreau's deft touch with in-game adjustments and willingness to ride a hot hand demonstrate just how much coaching matters. On his list of attributes is that he doesn't play favorites.

Scoggins: Fleck's poaching of W. Michigan recruits part of the deal
Chip Scoggins

Hours after stepping off a private plane for his first day on the job for the Gophers, Fleck began salvaging a recruiting class by poaching recruits that had verbally committed to his previous employer, Western Michigan.



Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Jan. 17, 2017. DeVos defended her work steering taxpayer dollars from traditional public schools at her hearing, arguing that it was time to move away from a "one size fits all" system.

DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes school choice

Minn. House panel vote is first step in push to end Sunday liquor sales ban
Dayton signs $500 million deal to protect rural waters
Father of man killed by police sues California department

Markeith Loyd has been captured after a nine-day manhunt, the Orlando Police Department announced Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Loyd, 41, was arrested at 7 p.m. in an abandoned house in the 1100 block of Lescot Lane near Raleigh Street, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a press conference.

Police: Fugitive wanted in officer's fatal shooting captured

D.B. Cooper may have unwittingly left clues to his identity, scientists say
As pot prices plunge, growers scramble to cut production costs
UW-Madison suspends fraternity for serving minors

FILE -- President Xi Jinping of China during a summit in Washington, March 31, 2016.

As US looks inward, China seeks a lead role on world stage

Markets cheer, EU wary as UK PM May signals 'clean Brexit'
Pendant found at Nazi death camp may have link to Anne Frank
Nigerian air force bombs refugee camp, more than 100 dead

Jarvis Johnson visited his father, Curtis, at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. They have backed each other through life-changing health issues.

Mutual support: Jarvis Johnson, father back each other through life-changing health issues

Former prep teammates reunite as Gophers women's basketball players
Fleck's Gophers coaching staff is deep with Western Michigan ties
Seeking more offense, Springs moving into Gophers starting lineup

Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Kyle Quincey (22) fought for a loose puck behind the Devils' net in the second period.

Wild surrenders two-goal lead in home loss to New Jersey

NBC analyst Pierre McGuire sees a Stanley Cup in Wild's future
Is it safe to go 'all-in' on the Wild?
Wild Minute: Wild blows 2-0 lead at home, loses

FILE - In this June 12, 2016, file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of "Hamilton" perform at the Tony Awards in New York.

Lin-Manuel Miranda to play 'Hamilton' in honor of Oscar Lopez Rivera commutation

Steve Harvey says he's sorry for jokes about Asian men
Aaron Rodgers' father opens up on family rift; sports analysts say, 'Why go there?'
C.J.: Author Bruce Benidt joins "The Geezer Squad" in latest book

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