Key congressman optimistic about passing farm bill soon
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A key congressional voice on agriculture, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, said Tuesday that he's optimistic that lawmakers can pass a new farm bill next week after a delay caused by the break for the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.
Democrats’ House takeover spurs hope for farm bill this year
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prospects have improved for Congress to pass a bipartisan farm bill before the end of the year after Democrats secured the House majority during the midterm elections, key lawmakers and other experts said.
The Latest: Chutich wins full term on Supreme Court
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Minnesota's midterm election (all times local):
Associate Justice Margaret Chutich has won election to a full term on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Chutich defeated family law attorney Michelle MacDonald in the officially non-partisan race, and faced voters for the first time this year.
Chutich was appointed by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in 2016. She was the first openly gay justice on the state's highest court.
Trump tweets endorsement for congressional candidate Hughes
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is endorsing Minnesota congressional candidate Dave Hughes.
Trump tweeted Saturday that Hughes "will help us accomplish our America First policies."
Hughes is trying to unseat 14-term Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson in Minnesota's 7th Congressional District.
SLAYTON, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton got a firsthand look Friday at southwestern Minnesota communities that have been hit by flooding.
WASHINGTON Lawmakers, including some from Minnesota, hoped that this years renewal of the federal farm bill would offer Congress a respite from the partisan dysfunction and election-year maneuvering at the Capitol.
WASHINGTON — Minnesota’s federal lawmakers split in their votes for the massive, two-year spending bill that funds the military, children’s health insurance and disaster relief.
But the splits were not along party lines on the measure, which is estimated to hike the national debt by $20 trillion. It did not include protections for young undocumented immigrants, the group commonly referred to as Dreamers, which Democrats had sought.
WASHINGTON The federal farm bill is up for renewal this year at a time when farm incomes are dropping and food stamp demand remains high even while the economy improves, worrying some advocates who see Republicans in the White House and Congress looking widely for ways to cut spending.
GOP’s Miller drops out of race for 7th District
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican planning to challenge Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson in next year's election is suspending his campaign.
Rep. Tim Miller announced Monday he'd scrap his bid for Minnesota's 7th Congressional District and will instead run for a third term in his state House seat. Miller's exit leaves fellow Republicans Dave Hughes and Matt Prosch in the race.
One bill, touching on two issues close to Minnesotas heart the mining economy and the wild beauty of the North Woods divided the states congressional delegation this week.
Funding to trap wolves preying on livestock extended
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday that it has come up with money to trap wolves that prey on livestock through the end of the year, a week after federal money ran out for helping Minnesota farmers and ranchers control wolves.
Minnesota lawmakers seek more federal money for wolf control
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal program that helps Minnesota farmers and ranchers who lose livestock to wolves has run out of money for the year.
So members of Minnesota's congressional delegation Wednesday urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to find the money to allow wolf depredation services to continue. They cite Minnesota's growing wolf population, which rose to an estimated 2,900 last winter, an increase of 25 percent in one year.
MISSOULA — Montana senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines have rounded up a lengthy list of supporters for a bill to overturn a federal court decision on lynx protection.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Collin Peterson is the winner of this year's Minnesota congressional "Hotdish Off," with the help of a key ingredient from a neighboring state.
Peterson won the seventh annual competition among Minnesota's congressional delegation with his "Right To Bear Arms Hotdish." One of Peterson's staffers, Mike Stranz, shot the bear on a hunting trip.
Minnesota, South Dakota governors to attend Pheasant Summit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The governors of Minnesota and South Dakota are set to participate in a National Pheasant Summit in Minneapolis Saturday.
Govs. Mark Dayton of Minnesota and Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota will be joined by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. They'll discuss the process for drafting a new Farm Bill and initiatives for creating wildlife habitat.
While Ellison skips, most Democrats will attend inauguration
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison may be the only Minnesota Democrat making a stand by not showing up at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.
The Minneapolis Democrat announced Monday he'd boycott Friday's ceremony, joining more than two dozen lawmakers in skipping the event. Ellison is the nation's first Muslim congressman and is currently running to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Bill would take Midwest, Wyoming wolves off endangered list
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some members of Congress are making another run at taking gray wolves in the upper Midwest and Wyoming off the endangered list.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had tried to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the list, saying those populations had recovered sufficiently to allow resumed hunting under state management plans. But courts in 2014 re-imposed federal protections for the wolves.
- Post-BulletinCraig, Peterson answer questions on trade, labor, Farm BillMarch 21, 2019
- Winona Daily NewsOther view: Finally, a bipartisan deal on farm billDecember 16, 2018
- Star TribuneFinally, a bipartisan deal on farm billDecember 15, 2018
- Beatrice Daily SunNo more wild swingsDecember 15, 2018
- Star TribuneRep. Peterson: Farm bill could be passed as early as next weekDecember 4, 2018
United States resumes a trade beef with the European Union
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is resuming a trade fight with the European Union over barriers to American beef exports.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is threatening to bring back tariffs — covering EU exports to the U.S. of truffles, Roquefort cheese and other products — to pressure the EU into ending a ban on U.S. beef treated with hormones.