MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican medical technology executive Kendall Qualls will launch a congressional bid Monday, his campaign said, taking aim at first-term Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips in a...
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No military veteran should be without housing
Minnesota program can serve as a model for other states.
Walz, Klobuchar get update on spring flood preparations
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top Minnesota leaders got a warning Friday to expect significant spring flooding across the state, depending on how quickly the snow melts.
Democrat Dan Feehan concedes in Minnesota congressional race
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic congressional candidate Dan Feehan has conceded defeat in Minnesota's razor-close 1st District race.
Feehan issued a statement Friday saying all counties in the southern Minnesota district have now finished checking their results for accuracy, and the final count still shows him trailing Republican winner Jim Hagedorn by 0.45 percentage points. That's above the state's threshold of 0.25 points for triggering a taxpayer-paid recount.
Republican Jim Hagedorn wins southern Minnesota congressional seat, flipping Democratic seat
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Jim Hagedorn wins southern Minnesota congressional seat, flipping Democratic seat .
Iraq War veteran Feehan seeks to follow in Walz’s bootprints
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — As Democratic congressional candidate Dan Feehan stood before a cheering crowd alongside the man he hopes to replace, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, their common theme was voter turnout. But the parallels between their resumes are striking.
Southern Minnesota congressional candidates differ on Trump
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Candidates in a southern Minnesota congressional district that represents one of the best opportunities for Republicans to flip a Democratic-held House seat clashed Friday about health care, trade and President Donald Trump.
Republican Jim Hagedorn said in a debate on Minnesota Public Radio that Trump is moving America in the right direction. But Democrat Dan Feehan promised to be independent voice in a Congress where GOP lawmakers are afraid to stand up against the president.
The Latest: Hagedorn wins GOP primary for Walz seat
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Minnesota's primary election (all times local):
Republican candidate Jim Hagedorn has won a primary for another shot at a southern Minnesota swing congressional seat.
Hagedorn's victory Tuesday comes two years after he narrowly lost the 1st District race to Democratic Rep. Tim Walz. The seat opened up with Walz's run for governor.
Republican Jim Hagedorn wins primary for open House seat in southern Minnesota swing district
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Jim Hagedorn wins primary for open House seat in southern Minnesota swing district .
MANKATO — Both Republicans and Democrats on Saturday endorsed candidates for the open First District congressional seat, but the Republicans will still get to vote in an Aug. 14 primary.
At the GOP convention in Mankato Jim Hagedorn, of Blue Earth, won 76 percent of the vote on the first ballot, topping state Sen. Carla Nelson, of Rochester, who took 21 percent. Nelson has said she will run in the primary against Hagedorn.
Jim Hagedorn won the Republican endorsement for the First Congressional District U.S. House seat on Saturday, but state Sen. Carla Nelson of Rochester, his only rival, wont end her campaign.
On the DFL side, political newcomer Dan Feehan won the endorsement. After he received 54 percent of votes on the first ballot he needed 60 percent his three top opponents made a motion that he be endorsed by acclamation.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota's 1st District have picked their candidates for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Walz.
The states most crowded race for Congress will be a test of whether President Donald Trumps support in rural Minnesota has frayed.
Seven candidates are competing to fill the First District U.S. House seat left open by the DFL gubernatorial candidacy of Rep. Tim Walz. Regardless of the outcome at Saturdays endorsing conventions, both parties could be headed for primary contests on Aug. 14.
Political Notebook: Nelson focuses on electability
As she seeks to win over Republicans in the 1st Congressional District, Sen. Carla Nelson is touting herself as the most electable candidate.
Nelson is competing with Blue Earth Republican Jim Hagedorn for the party's endorsement. Hagedorn narrowly lost to 1st District Rep. Tim Walz last year.
During an interview, Nelson said she will be making the case to fellow Republicans that she is the candidate best positioned to win the seat.
Rochester state Sen. Carla Nelson enters GOP US House race
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A second Republican is running for the U.S. House seat representing southern Minnesota being vacated by Democrat Tim Walz.
State Sen. Carla Nelson of Rochester announced her candidacy for the open 1st District seat Monday.
Rochester Sen. Carla Nelson is expected to announce Monday she is running for Congress.
Nelson is slated to make an announcement Monday morning at Textile Care Services in Rochester.
Nelson would be the second Republican to jump into the race for the 1st District congressional seat.
Local party officials line up early to back Hagedorn
Republican Jim Hagedorn is touting endorsements from local GOP leaders in his bid for the 1st District seat as other Republicans weigh whether to jump into the race.
Hagedorn released a list of 15 local party leaders backing his campaign. Supporters include Fillmore County Chairman Gary Steuart, Houston County Chairman Jason Reiland, Olmsted County Deputy Chairman Greg Gallas, and Winona County Chairman James Doerr.
Will she or won't she run for Congress?
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota will feature several competitive U.S. House races in 2018, and candidates are already lining up to run.
Normally a sleepy state during election season thanks to its reputation as a Democratic stronghold, the tides have changed, and Minnesota could field four or more close congressional races in next year's midterm elections.
I am writing in response to the commentary by Paul John Scott on July 5. Thank you, Paul, for the truth in your commentary. You stated that this executive order by Donald Trump is not a travel ban, but a ban on Muslims. Jim Hagedorn's support on this shows him to be dishonest as Donald Trump on this issue.
It wasn't more than a few hours after the announcement of the Supreme Court decision upholding the Trump administration travel ban before the indefatigably attention-seeking GOP candidate for the 1st District seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Walz issued a statement cheering on the divisive measure. He needed us all to know that he had proposed a "refugee timeout" even before the election last fall.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State Sen. Jeremy Miller says he won't run for the southern Minnesota congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Walz.
The Winona Republican says in a statement Tuesday that he wants to stay in his role as deputy majority leader in the Senate.
Walz, a Democrat, is running for governor next year. Vicki Jensen, a Democrat who lost her re-election bid to the state Senate last year, says she'll run for Walz's seat.
OWATONNA — Former state Sen. Vicki Jensen announced today she is running for the 1st Congressional District seat, becoming the first Democrat to officially jump into the race.
Jensen, of Owatonna, said she wants to be a strong voice for rural communities to make sure they aren't being left behind.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Minnesota state senator is running to replace Rep. Tim Walz in what will likely be a hard-fought race for his southern Minnesota Congressional district.
Vicki Jensen announced her campaign Monday for the 1st Congressional District. Jensen is a Democrat who lost last fall after serving one-term representing the Owatonna area in the Senate.
Congressman Tim Walz's announcement Monday wasn't a shocker -- he had made no secret of his interest in running for governor -- but it instantly makes the 1st District a political battleground for 2018.
Democratic Rep. Tim Walz to run for Minnesota governor
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz said Monday he will run for governor rather than seek re-election next year, creating an open seat in the Democratic congressman's Republican-leaning district.
Walz defeated Republican Jim Hagedorn by less than a percentage point in November in southern Minnesota's 1st District, where Republican Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton by 15 points. Walz joins several Democrats hoping to replace Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who is retiring.
Rep. Walz mulling Democratic bid for Minnesota governor
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz says he's weighing a bid for Minnesota governor.
The six-term congressman told Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/2lAVMkB) Thursday that he plans to make a decision by April. Walz says representing southwestern Minnesota gives him critical experience to boost Democrats' standing outside in rural Minnesota.
MANKATO - Locked in a surprisingly tight race with Rep. Tim Walz, First Congressional District Republican challenger Jim Hagedorn was nervously eyeing the result from the eastern counties in the First District.
Hagedorn jumped out to a lead in the early returns, and hung on to a slim lead at 11 p.m. But by 19:30 p.m., with 80 percent of the 697 precincts reporting, Walz had pulled ahead, 50.20 percent to 49.72 percent, a mere 505 votes difference with over 310,000 votes counted.
Clinton clings to narrow Minnesota lead amid Democratic woes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hillary Clinton is clinging to a narrow lead in Minnesota as Donald Trump nears a stunning presidential victory.
Democrats laughed at the idea that the Republican business mogul could break Minnesota's 40-year streak of voting for Democrats. But Clinton held a marginal lead as the final results trickled in Wednesday morning.
N. MANKATO - First Congressional District Rep. Tim Waltz and Republican challenger Jim Hagedorn took part in a debate Monday at South Central College in North Mankato.
The debate began with an opening statement from Hagedorn saying he was running for Congress because he felt the country was in trouble and not addressing problems in areas of national security.
So far in 2016, five-term U.S. Rep. Tim Walz has maintained a strong lead in fundraising as he moves toward the November election.
The second-quarter 2016 reports, which both Walz and his second-time contender Jim Hagedorn released late last week, show the Walz campaign has repeated its effective fundraising in this cycle.
Walz’s records show his campaign has raised $218,665 since April, has $489,459 on hand, and has no debt. Walz has raised more than $1.146...