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Plymouth, Twin Cities suburbs are crucial to Capitol control

Making her pitch: Ginny Klevorn, a DFL challenger, knocked on doors in Plymouth neighborhood, here with Tom Lucas.

The stakes of about a dozen suburban races are significant to setting the agenda that will go forward in Minnesota in 2017.

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, House GOP spar over health insurance, transportation

Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt in August. The governor and House GOP leaders reignited old feuds Wednesday over transportation spending and the state’s troubled health insurance exchange.

The final days of the campaign season brings letters, news conferences and fresh accusations.

Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 258,000

Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, a sign that businesses are holding onto their workers and hiring is likely solid.

Election year fatigue? Blame it in part on the race of 1840

Presidential elections are a foundation of American democracy dating back to George Washington.

The Latest: Mrs. Trump says she'd focus on social media

The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Minnesota teacher tenure

A Ramsey County judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged Minnesota's teacher tenure laws.

The Latest: FAA restricts flights in pipeline protest area

The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest (all times local):

Battle for control of Minn. House turns into tiff over driving records
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The two sides are battling district by district in a race to secure the 68 seats needed for majority.

Vice President Joe Biden to go to Duluth on Friday
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VP Joe Biden to visit Duluth Friday

Committee will seek candidates for two federal district court vacancies

Minnesota's federal bench, one of the nation's busiest, faces two vacancies.

Hacked e-mails detail Clinton Foundation woes

Concern over donations, power struggles detailed.

Complete Minnesota Poll results: Sexual misconduct allegations

A majority of Star Tribune Minnesota Poll respondents say Donald Trump's comments in a video about groping women makes him unfit to be president, and a majority also believe he probably has made unwanted sexual advances.

Tricky economic times await next president

Possible recession, global threats await.

Health law tax penalty? I'll take it, millions say

They would rather pay the IRS than hefty premiums with big deductibles.

Why Trump could lose red Utah: Mormon America has found another candidate

Independent candidate Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer turned policy wonk who also is a Mormon, is cutting into the "lesser of two evils" vote.

House GOP preparing for 'years' of investigations of Clinton

The GOP chairman of the House Oversight Committee says Hillary Clinton offers a "target-rich environment," raising the specter of more partisan acrimony for the next four years.

Clinton e-mails reveal fear, frustration in her inner circle

The revelation of Clinton's private e-mail setup roiled her campaign team in the weeks before its official April 2015 kickoff.

Pepe the Frog's creator wants to reclaim him from the alt-right

Matt Furie teamed with the Anti-Defamation League to launch a #SavePepe campaign.

Minnesota Poll: Voters split on Trump's 'rigged' election claims

Statewide, 47 percent of those polled think Trump was wrong to question the legitimacy of the U.S. election system, and the divide is widened by geography.