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Rep. Tom Emmer's town hall proves largely Minnesota Nice

Rep. Tom Emmer faced a crowd at a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Sartell, Minn.

An overflow crowd raised questions but not voices at Sartell meeting.

Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

Transgender students lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms, such as this one in a Seattle high school, and locker rooms matching their gender identities.

Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate.

Oregon joins suit against President Trump's travel ban

Oregon asked a federal court late Wednesday to join a lawsuit filed by Washington state against an immigration ban imposed by President Donald Trump.

Minnesota House set for floor vote on Real ID

The Minnesota House is ready to vote on a Real ID bill that has divided lawmakers over privacy concerns and federal power for several years.

North Dakota officials plead with last protesters to leave

Public officials in North Dakota pleaded with the remaining protesters at the Dakota Access oil pipeline camp to pack up and leave so authorities can resume cleaning up the premises without any further arrests.

Chicago schools take a stand on immigration enforcement

As educators around the United States wonder whether a crackdown on immigrants will reach their schoolhouse doors, principals in Chicago have been given a simple order: Do not let federal immigration agents in without a criminal warrant.

Pence condemns 'vile act' at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

He addressed vandalism, talked economic policy.


MN Sen. David Osmek uses colorful language in email to describe Southwest light rail
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No regrets, he says.

Sunday liquor store sales bill passes Minn. Senate committee
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The Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill that would allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays.


Most oil pipeline opponents leave North Dakota protest camp

Most of the Dakota Access pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land, and authorities moved to arrest some who defied the order in a final show of dissent.


DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump

Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains.


Minnesota lawmakers choose General Mills CEO, three others as U regents

Ken Powell was the surprise as the Legislature picked four for the University of Minnesota's governing board.


Poll conducted by Minneapolis DFL reveals fault lines on the City Council

The Minneapolis DFL explored whether Green Party Council Member Cam Gordon is vulnerable.


Woman wearing anti-Trump sign barred from Lincoln Center

A woman is claiming she was barred from attending a performance at New York City's Lincoln Center because she wouldn't remove an anti-Trump sign affixed to the back of her jacket.


Few outbursts at Minnesota GOP congressman's event

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer heard from constituents at a town hall event Wednesday that saw few clashes after the congressman's office said they would end the event early if attendees protested or disrupted the event.


Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to cripple the state's commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats and living in subpar conditions.


The Latest: Emmer town hall continues without major hurdles

The Latest on U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer's town hall in Minnesota (all times local):


Trump removes protections on transgender students' rights

Obama's guidelines on bathroom, locker room use rescinded, left up to states.


Bill filed to loosen knot over N Carolina "bathroom bill"

North Carolina lawmakers filed bipartisan legislation Wednesday aimed at breaking an impasse over the state's "bathroom bill," but it's likely to face tough going in the Republican-controlled legislature.